CONGRATULATIONS TO MAYOR-ELECT ANDRE DICKENS!

JOBS

We have a lot of prosperity in Atlanta, but also a lot of poverty. That’s why I am determined to make sure that we have balanced and broad economic growth in all parts of the City, including our black and brown communities.

Atlanta needs a mayor that doesn’t kiss up to business leaders, but challenges them like I did with Microsoft when I said – “it’s good to have new buildings in Atlanta, but I want to know how many Atlantans will be in your buildings.”  Thanks to these efforts, Microsoft is now using my nonprofit training program to train Atlantans to join their workforce.

I know what it takes to create better jobs for Atlantans and help local businesses thrive, and will continue to champion Atlanta as a destination for growing businesses. I am focused on ensuring that while the city continues to entice Fortune 100 enterprises, it remains diligent in its support and recognition of the small businesses that employ so many Atlantans.

MY PLAN

I will create an Atlanta Department of Labor to serve as a centralized city department for all labor needs, including:

  • Dedicated liaison to organized labor
    • Ensure their inclusion in major development discussions (FIFA, Super Bowl, federal grants, etc.)
    • These discussions have occurred without labor represented, and that has to change
  • Watchdog/investigator for labor law violations
    • Advocate for changes in state law
    • Ensure compliance with federal labor laws

MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

While on the Atlanta City Council, I:

  • Co-sponsored and passed legislation requiring city government to pay a minimum hourly wage of $15.
  • Sponsored and hosted the “Blacks In Tech” policy conference, focused on advancing efforts to bring more diversity to STEM fields.
  • Helped create 21,000 new jobs and $3.3 billion of capital investment in Atlanta as the Invest Atlanta Board Secretary.

I have also excelled in creating jobs and economic opportunities through my work in the private sector:

  • Created a program at TechBridge that has provided free training IT to nearly five hundred low-income people to get certified in technology skills, allowing them to get IT jobs averaging $60,000 per year working for companies such as Accenture, Coca-Cola, Ga Power, NCR, Anthem, and Google.
  • Formed agreements with Microsoft, AirBnB, Georgia Power, Accenture and others to ensure that part of their workforce comes from the TechBridge program I created to provide free IT training for low-income people.
  • Co-founded a retail furniture business with his sister and grew it into a multi-million dollar business with over twenty employees.