Stockbridge GA
Mayor Ford's State of The City Address
Posted on Tuesday February 13, 2018

State of the City Address – Monday, February 12, 2018

Welcome, Citizens to 2018, which will be a very prosperous and successful year for the City of Stockbridge, and its citizens.

The “State of Our City is Strong, Very Strong”.

In February 2016 as the Mayor Pro Tem/Interim Mayor, I gave a State of City Address and the primary theme was “Teamwork is the Key to Success” Well, Teamwork makes Champions or Championships if I use a sports analogy.  i.e. the 1995 Braves; 2016 Stockbridge Tigers; 2016 Falcons; 2017 UGA Bulldogs or even the 3-time State Champion Eagle Landing Christian Academy Chargers. “Teamwork is the Key to Success”

As I look to my Right and Left I see my immediate “Teammates”; Mayor Pro Tem LaKeisha Gantt, Councilman Elton Alexander, Councilwoman Neat Robinson, Councilman, John Blount and Councilman Alphonso Thomas. What I envision and foresee is the interlocking of arms with my Teammates as we successfully move the City of Stockbridge Forward toward a very bright future. Whereas, no one is left behind and we are moving forward in lockstep together as one and handling the Citizens business just as you elected us to do.  You, Citizens, are First.

The Interlocking of arms with my Teammates reminds me so much of the peaceful protests led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we were fighting for Civil Rights of all people.  This is especially meaningful since our City of Stockbridge is the ancestral home of the “King Family” and the birthplace Rev. M.L. King, Sr. better known as “Daddy King”.

The “State of Our City is Strong, Very Strong”

We have a very active; complement and confident staff full of leaders that have an extreme amount of expertise to ensure their areas of responsibility are handled efficiently.

City Manager, Randy Knighton

City Clerk, Vanessa Holiday,

Community Director, Camilla Moore

Public Works Director, Decius Aaron

Human Resources Director, Renee Wheeler

City Events Director, Cie Cie McGee

Public Information Officer, Shana Thornton

Main Street Program, Kira Harris-Braggs

The “State of the City is Strong, Very Strong”

We are financially stable with $15 million in Reserves and a $9 million operating budget and currently, the Citizens of Stockbridge do not have a City Property Tax.

We need each of you to support the City’s position as we implement our strategic plan for protecting our City’s boundaries against the proposed City of Eagles Landing.  There are individuals attempting to de-annex nearly half of our City, which includes our primary economic corridor that assists in funding Stockbridge’s daily operations that supports our Citizens.  We need you to join our efforts, read the materials on the website, sign the appropriate documents to support our efforts and then return it to the city staff for future use.  This collective documentation is used to alert the Georgia State House and Senate members of our Citizens desire to remain as one City within the current city limits.  We need your support as we stand together to “Keep Stockbridge Together”.

There were several 2017 events and Council Initiatives that deserve to be highlighted as being extremely successful for the City of Stockbridge.  These community-focused activities are budgeted for and will continue during the 2018 calendar year.  The Renaissance Strategic Visioning & Planning (RSVP) Project initiated by our Main Street Program, Bridge Fest featuring Hispanic Fest, our Summer Concert Series, our Summer Main Street Movies, Memorial Day March, 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, Veterans Day Parade and Luncheon, Food Truck “Tasty Tuesdays”, Pretty in Pink Luncheon and the Love Walk, the Citizens Academy, our Youth Council, Christmas Gala and many, many more individual City Council initiatives and exciting activities are scheduled for our Citizens.

We truly look forward to a very prosperous 2018 that will include the completion of our Comprehensive Plan which will outline our city’s growth and economic strategy for the next twenty years, this will include the development of our downtown Main Street Area and our Downtown Development District, which will soon include forward movement on our cultural arts center, splash pad, and amphitheater.  We also continue to make progress on the Jodeco Road, Atlanta South Development Project and look forward to soon announce an official groundbreaking ceremony.

It will take us all working collectively together as “One Team” to make living in the City of Stockbridge an outstanding experience.  We look forward to a very bright future for our City and along with the City Council, the intent is to always move the city toward success as we look to obtain the “Live, Work, and Play” concept for our community. 

The “State of Our City is Strong, Very Strong”

 May God continue to Bless the Citizens of Stockbridge.  Thank you for listening.




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