Mayor Kasim Reed received the 2012 National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ (NFBPA) Distinguished Leadership Award, which honors individuals who have a record of outstanding accomplishments in public service. Mayor Reed is among three other recipients – Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Prince George’s County, Md., Executive Rushern L. Baker III – who was honored at a gala event recently.
The NFBPA, a Washington, D.C., organization dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments, praised Mayor Reed for his bold, forward-thinking initiatives to improve city services and for years of outstanding public service in the Georgia General Assembly.
“This award affirms the hard work of our city employees and the strong partnership and collaboration between the Atlanta City Council and my administration over the past 30 months,” said Mayor Reed. “We have established and followed a plan of action that includes investing in public safety and young people, increasing the city’s reserve fund balance from $7.4 million to more than $100 million, reforming the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension plan liability, and improving core city services such as reducing the code compliance backlog and restructuring the permitting process to deliver better service and efficiency. Tonight’s award is really an honor for the entire City of Atlanta.”
Mayor Reed accepted the award during NFBPA’s 9th Annual National Leadership Awards Gala Dinner on July 12, 2012, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
“Mayor Kasim Reed has a record of success that is worthy of emulation,” said Valerie Reed, Program Coordinator of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. “NFPBA congratulates this year’s Distinguished Leadership Award recipients because each of them exemplifies the best in public service in the field of public administration. Their contributions to the communities and the nation they serve reflect commitment, determination and hard-won wisdom.”
Previous award recipients include Congress members, senior advisers, governors, secretaries of state, senators and county executives. The 2011 awardees were U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver of Missouri; Harry E. Johnson Sr., President & CEO of The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Inc.; and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas of the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.
NFBPA is one of the nation’s premier associations for public sector leadership. Founded in 1983, NFBPA boasts an active membership of over 2,500 public administrators representing more than 350 local jurisdictions and a national network of 38 chapters in 36 states. NFBPA’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of government managers and to groom and prepare younger, aspiring administrators for senior public management posts.
NFBPA will mark 30 years of public service leadership during the FORUM 2013 Annual Conference next April in the City of Atlanta.