Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP) have announced the newly appointed board members of the Westside Future Fund, an independent, private, non-profit entity that will provide more than $30 million in direct investment for the English Avenue, Vine City and Castleberry Hill neighborhoods.

The board will work in collaboration with the city, community partners, non-profits, foundations and corporations to ensure the continued stable and cohesive development of the West Atlanta community.

“The Westside Future Fund will be vital to the future development of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive corridor and West Atlanta community,” said Reed. “In partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Invest Atlanta, the fund will work to secure a stronger, healthier future and spur job creation, civic engagement and business investment for the historic neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue, and Castleberry Hill.”

Richard J. Dugas, Jr. will serve as chairman of the nine-member board. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with Mayor Reed, Westside community leaders and the Westside Future Fund board to jump-start investment and enhance the quality of life for the residents of these vitally important communities,” said Dugas, chairman and CEO of PulteGroup. “Atlanta has proven that partnerships with civic, business, philanthropic, and faith communities can bring substantive improvements in the quality of life for its citizens. We’re bringing that collaborative spirit to the Westside.”

As part of the coordinated effort to revitalize the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor and surrounding neighborhoods of the new Atlanta stadium, the Westside Future Fund was created to help be a catalyst for philanthropic and corporate support to accelerate improvements in the health, education and welfare of current residents; address equity and social justice issues associated with new residential and commercial development, and attract new investment, new jobs and new residents.

Board members of the Westside Future Fund are:

Peter Aman, Partner, Bain & Co.
Michael Julian Bond, Atlanta City Council, Post 1 At-Large
Richard Dugas, Chair, Westside Future Fund, Chairman, President/CEO, PulteGroup, Inc.
Dan Halpern, President/CEO, Jackmont Hospitality
Doug Hertz, President/CEO, United Distributors
Penny McPhee, President, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Bill Taggart, President/CEO, Atlanta Life Financial
Dr. Beverly Tatum, President, Spelman College
Ivory Lee Young, Jr., Atlanta City Council, District 3

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.