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Improving Community Engagement In Atlanta: NPU Initiative Launch

  • Atlanta City Hall - Old Council Chambers 68 Mitchell Street SW, 2nd Floor Atlanta, GA 30303 United States (map)
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5:30 PM - Doors Open

6:00 PM - Program Begins

8:00 PM - End


Confirmed Panelists

Bunnie Jackson-Ransom

Ms. Jackson-Ransom served the City of Atlanta as its first black “First Lady” during her marriage to the late Mayor Maynard Jackson. When she moved to Atlanta in 1965, she immediately joined the local chapter of the NAACP and has been active ever since. Ms. Jackson-Ransom continued with her career in community service as director of planning for Economic Opportunity Atlanta – one of the precursors to the NPUs. Her job included going into different urban neighborhoods, working with neighborhood leaders who were associated with the individual Neighborhood Service Centers, listening to the expressed needs of residents, and writing grants and proposals to secure funding. She was responsible for successful grants which were funded and resulted in the many community programs throughout Atlanta including Atlanta Legal Aid, Head Start, the Southside Comprehensive Health Center (now Southside Health Center), Sickle Cell projects, and many more.

Leon Eplan

Mr. Eplan was appointed by Mayor Maynard Jackson as the City of Atlanta’s first commissioner of the Department of Budget and Planning. He served in that role from 1974 until 1978 before leaving for the private sector. After Jackson was elected in 1990, Eplan was appointed the commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development, a position he held until the 1996 Olympics. He was a co-founder of the Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Planning (now Georgia Planning Association) and served as its first president. He later served as president of the American Institute of Planners (now American Planning Association).