Hometown Connection is a way for city officials to reach out and connect with their House and Senate members as well as other key stakeholders.
Participating cities invite leaders to their city to show them what is going on in the community and to talk about the challenges and opportunities cities and their constituents face. Hometown Connection is based on the premise that the relationship between city officials and legislators is vital to cities and to the advancement of Georgia.
The program culminated into a meeting with county, state, and federal officials for the purpose of sharing critical information regarding initiatives designed to move the city forward.
Participants included District 65 State Rep. Sharon Beasley Teague, D-Red Oak, U.S. District 13 office Director Chandra Harris, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, county Vice Chair Emma Darnell and county school board member Catherine Maddox.
Also in attendance were representatives from the association, CSX Railroad, Dendreon Corp., Majestic Realty Co. and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Union City Mayor Vince Williams said he was thoroughly pleased with the turnout.
“In order to foster sustainability and community engagement, it is imperative that Union City build and maintain partnerships with local, state and congressional leaders. Hometown Connection is just one of many events that the city will host to strengthen this alliance,” Williams said in a statement.
The meeting began with presentations from departmental staff.
They covered the highlights of the city’s most recent budget, plans to market and promote the city, as well as economic development incentives.
Additional topics included capital improvement projects, fire department initiatives, public safety and plans for future growth.
Officials ended the meeting by touring the city, Dendreon, the nonprofit Christian City, South Fulton Parkway, the former Shannon Mall and Majestic’s