Kathy Reed named executive director for Keep North Fulton Beautiful

Keep North Fulton Beautiful (KNFB), a Sandy Springs-based environmental group, has named Kathy Reed as the program’s new Executive Director.

Reed has extensive experience in fundraising, volunteer management and non-profit work. With the withdrawal of funding from Fulton County, Reed’s primary focus is securing funds through other sources, such as corporate sponsorships, local government, individual donations and foundation grants. One of KNFB’s top priorities is to raise $20,000 for a new cardboard compactor.

“We are in such a great neighborhood and we have a wonderful community,” she says. “I feel very confident that we will get the support we need.”

In addition to managing the recycling center and its outreach programs, she will spearhead many of KNFB’s upcoming events including the Waste Management Showcase on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is part of the Great American Clean-Up Campaign, and will be held at KNFB’s recycling center on Morgan Falls Rd. Businesses and individuals are invited to bring in old checks and financial documents for free shredding, courtesy of Iron Mountain.

“This is an organization that is making a strong and positive impact on the community,” Reed said. “Many more people and businesses understand the importance of recycling and KNFB continues to be the main program supporting these efforts in the Sandy Springs, Milton and Johns Creek communities.”

Ultimately Reed said it is the volunteers that make her job so rewarding.

“The people who come by the center are the nicest people you will meet,” she said. “I am so impressed with the dedication and the quality of the volunteers and the people that we have on our board.”

Sandy Springs celebrates Georgia Cities Week

The city of Sandy Springs will be celebrating “Georgia Cities Week” April 20-26, 2008.

Sandy Springs is one of many cities across Georgia that will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week, sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), to showcase and celebrate cities and the many services they provide.

The theme of this year’s Georgia Cities Week is “Living It Up Downtown” highlighting the role Georgia’s cities play in contributing to the state’s character.

Focusing on the heart of Sandy Springs rather than downtown, Sandy Springs is showcasing the spirit of the arts and bringing together the whole city through concerts, art exhibits, lunches, dinners and much more.

City’s Transportation Plan posted on Web site

The city of Sandy Springs is making its Comprehensive Transportation plan available online at its Web site: www.sandyspringsga.org.

The information is linked from the home page by a “Transportation Plan” icon. The plan went before the Planning Commission on April 17 and will be before the Sandy Springs City Council for approval in the near future. That council agenda item has yet to be scheduled. (Results from the Planning Commission meeting were not available before Reporter Newspapers printing time.)

According to Judy Parker, communications director for Sandy Springs, input on the plan from the city’s residents, business owners and visitors is essential. A comment form is available on the same page as the plan and may be electronically submitted. Public comments will also be taken at the council meeting later this spring.