At the organization’s annual convention held on June 25 in Savannah, Clay was honored with a certificate of achievement, highlighting his completion of 72 credit hours of applicable courses.
The award came as a shock to the four-year College Park councilman.
“It was kind of a surprise,” he said. “About a week or two before [the annual convention] I got an email saying I was getting an award.”
Clay said he knew that awards were given as credit hours were accumulated, but on his behalf, he was simply taking the classes to garner more knowledge to better serve the community of College Park.
“Frankly, I don’t take the courses for the recognition,” he said. “I take them to learn as much as I can.”
Courses in taxing, proper city management, law, finance, ethics, economic development and public safety are just a sampling of the pick of the litter he had when selecting his classes to take, all of which he said have been helpful.
Clay, despite the recognition, remained humble and instead insisted that his focus has always been on being a proper steward in his position with the city.
“I’d rather spend my time helping people, versus on the golf course at my leisure,” he said.
The city is working closely in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration and the airport to further “transportation oriented development around the MARTA station,” according to Clay.
All of the promise, said Clay, is the central reason why he continues to give back to the community that has given him so much in return.
“College Park is a really unique city in that there are sorts of people here, people of different races and economic levels,” he said. “I believe College Park is the future of where we are going. We have got to learn to work together as a country.”