Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced the establishment of the first-ever Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, known as One Atlanta. On the agenda for the new office is affordable housing, criminal justice reform, economic development, health disparities, homelessness, LGBTQ affairs, workforce development, and preparing for the 2020 Census count. The office is led by Rashad Taylor, Chief Equity Officer and Counselor to the Mayor. For more, visit

Thomas Weyandt, Jr., has been appointed as Interim General Manager of Renew Atlanta,  a $250 million program to improve the city’s aboveground  infrastructure through a sales tax increase (TSPLOST) approved by voters. Weyandt, a former Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta, has more than 40 years of experience in economic development, policy research and regional planning industries. Weyandt is a frequent lecturer on planning for local universities, has served on the United Way of Metro Atlanta board of directors and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

The American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees Local 1644 (AFSCME) and the Georgia Federation of Public Service Employees (GFPSE) have named Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen Georgia’s Superintendent of the Year.

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.