Kasim Reed was sworn into office Monday, Jan. 6, to serve his second term as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta. At the ceremony, Reed delivered his second inaugural address emphasizing his commitment to public safety, infrastructure improvements and a comprehensive plan to support Atlanta’s youth.
The inauguration ceremony, attended by more than 500 residents and dignitaries, took place at the Atlanta Civic Center.
“I am honored to have the privilege of serving the people of Atlanta for a second term,” said Reed. “People have always believed in Atlanta as a place where anything is possible, and our challenge is to continue to create a place where families and innovators and entrepreneurs actually come to make those dreams a reality. With the help of our partners on the Atlanta City Council, we will continue to move our city forward.”
Reed also pledged to work with the Atlanta School Board and Superintendent, issuing the “Atlanta Challenge,” saying “we should make it our goal that in this decade that any child who graduates from an Atlanta Public School with the grades to go to college should not be denied the opportunity to go because they can’t afford it.”
Reed also announced his goal to retain 75 percent of tech graduates in order to invest in Atlanta’s reputation as the technology hub of the southeast.
Reed highlighted major accomplishments of his first four years in office, which included:
• Closing a $48 million dollar budget gap in one year and growing city reserves from $7.4 million to more than $127 million;
• Passing a comprehensive pension reform that will save the city $500 million over the next 30 years;
• Balancing four consecutive budgets without raising property taxes;
• Reducing the crime rate by 18 percent over the past four years;
• Hiring more than 800 police officers to bring the current police force to 2,000 officers;
• Re-opening the city’s 33 recreation centers and opened 10 Centers of Hope.
“Over the next four years, I believe we have the opportunity to address some of our city’s most pressing issues,” said Mayor Reed. “The challenges we need to solve are no less complex than the requirements of our past, but overcoming them is required to achieve our success as a city and a region.”