Jobs and Economy
It is not hyperbole to say that District 2 is the economic heart of the Southeast. The businesses that call District 2 home are among the nation's biggest and most creative. The District's economy is diverse, from higher education to healthcare, finance to consumer goods, tech startups to the film industry. The economy and job base of the District must be top of mind as we look to the future. Amir will work to sustain our current success and cultivate more.
To do so, as our next City Councilmember, Amir will, among others:
- Ensure our biggest companies have access to the talent pool they need to thrive here, in part, using partnerships with our higher education institutions;
- Work with the Chamber of Commerce, Invest Atlanta, and local VCs to ensure our region attracts the capital needed to support small and medium-sized businesses;
- Explore the possibility of launching a city-run VC fund or a fund targeted at District 2 businesses that will invest in promising startups and small companies focused in a select few areas including technology, healthcare, fashion, and B2C and B2B;
- Champion and connect those who are building businesses that might be the next layer of our economic strength, whether it be in film, music, bioscience, or B2C and B2B technology;
- Work with APS, Achieve Atlanta, and higher education institutions to (a) ensure our qualified students have a place in college and can succeed there; (b) there is ample technical and vocational education so that our workforce can provide basic societal services and the needs of a fast-changing economic landscape;
- Work with developers and neighborhoods to facilitate strong community benefits agreements (CBAs);
- Explore a framework that formalizes neighborhood-driven, city-moderated CBAs for all developments in the City over $100 million and that receive significant public investment or assistance; and
- Advocate for strong social services, pre-trial intervention, and robust public education.
As the product of a middle class upbringing in metro Atlanta, with two parents who worked selflessly for decades at Georgia State and Morris Brown College educating others in order to provide for Amir and his brother, Amir is keenly aware that cities are full of hardworking people from all backgrounds. He believes that Atlanta is at its best when its ambition provides not just job growth but also opportunity for all and respect and dignity for those who build lives here.
Whether it is quality public education, access to health care, safe streets, or clean, vibrant neighborhoods, Amir wants every Atlantan and those who work to make Atlanta run to have a place here. Moreover, those who work for or in the City should be able to build a life here and retire here.
Amir will be a voice for fair wages, including a higher minimum wage and benefits for city workers that match market-driven cost of living increases, access to pre- and after-school support and programming for working families, community benefits agreements for neighborhoods, and job growth and opportunity that benefits as many residents of the District as possible.