WASHINGTON, DC – The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies has presented Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed with its highest honor, the Louis E. Martin Great American Award, for his innovative and effective leadership in guiding his city through difficult economic challenges in the wake of the recent recession.
Mayor Reed received the award at the Joint Center’s Annual Gala Dinner Tuesday night in Washington before an audience of more than 500 elected and appointed government officials and business, civic and community leaders from across the country.
Mayor Reed was honored for improving the delivery of public services in Atlanta and strengthening the city’s financial position while working to improve the quality of life for its most vulnerable residents.
Joint Center President Ralph B. Everett said that Mayor Reed is a forceful, forward-looking leader. “His record of success, his efforts to bring everyone in his community together to solve problems, his innovative spirit in finding solutions that work, and his determination to ensure that no one is left behind – these are the qualities that make Mayor Reed one of the most compelling leaders of his generation,” said Everett.
“He has earned a reputation as an unflinching advocate for our nation’s urban centers who recognizes that sustaining support for them is a necessity, even in tough economic times,” said Cynthia G. Marshall, chair of the Joint Center’s Board of Governors and President of AT&T North Carolina.