Mayor Kasim Reed Discusses Business with Georgia Brokers

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and members of the GABB Board.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and members of the GABB Board.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed talked about business, pensions, schools, his political ambitions and the Atlanta Braves at a Tuesday morning meeting with the Georgia Association of Business Brokers.

Reed spoke about his own administration’s goals, including reforming the city’s pensions, expansion of Hartsfield airport and his bipartisan efforts to support the deepening of the Savannah River. Great cities for business have great transportation systems, and Atlanta’s airport can get a traveler to 80 percent of the U.S. within two hours. Atlanta doesn’t have an ocean, so Savannah “is the best we could do.”

He said he was confident his decision not to offer millions to build a new Braves stadium was the right decision, and also predicts that redevelopment of the area around the Ted will vindicate him. He told brokers he strives to lead a boring life so that news doesn’t focus on his personal faults, and says he has no political ambitions beyond Atlanta City Hall. Being Atlanta’s mayor was his goal.

The speaker for the Feb. 25 meeting will be Atlanta Business Chronicle publisher Ed Baker.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, GABB President C. David Chambless announced a membership drive, asking each GABB member to bring in at least one new member. GABB will offer a GABB member an incentive of $50 for the second new broker member they enlist for GABB. Contact GABB Executive Director Diane Loupe at for more information about membership.