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Doing Business in Metro Atlanta: The Role of Immigrants Now and in the Future

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 22, 2013
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As Atlanta continues to prosper, harnessing and investing in its immigrant community will be critical to building a strong workforce to compete with other cities in the United States and attracting business internationally. What policies can city and county governments implement to further the economic and civic contributions of their immigrant populations? What is the role of the private sector in working toward Atlanta’s continued economic growth? Join us for a luncheon on Tuesday, October 22 that will answer these questions and more.

Speakers:

  • Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta
  • Philip I. Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Thomas Negri, Former Managing Director, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel; Interim Executive Director, Nashville Metro Human Relations Commission
  • Ronnie Steine, At-Large Council Member, Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County

 

Previous registration is required.
Members of AS, COA and partnering organizations:

$15 for individual seats, $100 for an 8-person table;
Non-members: $25 for individual seats, $160 for a 8-person table.

In partnership with:
The Office of Mayor Kasim Reed, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Welcoming America, and the One Region Initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Read AS/COA’s series of fact sheets on immigrants and the economy.

Americas Society thanks Rockefeller Brothers Fund for its support of our Immigration and Integration Initiative and the One Region Atlanta,
an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, for its support of this discussion.

Event Information: Andreina Seijas | aseijas@as-coa.org | 212-277-8363
Press: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 21. 2013

Philip I. Kent

Chairman and CEO, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Philip I. Kent is the chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. where he is responsible for corporate oversight of domestic and international entertainment networks and businesses. Previously, Mr. Kent served as the president and chief operating officer of CNN America Inc. and Cable News Network LP LLP and as president of Turner Broadcasting System International where he led a regionalization strategy that introduced local-language versions of CNN and the Turner entertainment networks around the globe.

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Thomas Negri

Former Managing Director, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel; Interim Executive Director, Nashville Metro Human Relations Commission

Thomas Negri is the interim director of the Nashville Metro Human Relations Commission. Additionally, he is founding chairperson of the Nashville for All of Us integration initiative and worked to defeat a 2009 English Only initiative. Previously, Mr. Negri served as a board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and was the managing director of Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, where he was responsible for managing day-to-day operations and development of the hotel and adjacent office building complex.

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Kasim Reed

Mayor, City of Atlanta

Hon. Kasim Reed is the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta. As mayor, he has significantly reduced crime and improved core services while initiating reforms that have led to four years of balanced budgets and growth for Atlanta. Additionally, Mayor Reed is chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Prior to his election, he served as a member of the Georgia General Assembly for 11 years. He earned his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Howard University.

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Ronnie Steine

At-Large Council Member, Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County

Ronnie Steine is an at-large member of the Metropolitan City Council of Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, Councilman Stein serves on the Budget and Finance committee and Education, Convention, and Tourism committee. In 2008, he introduced a resolution to oppose English Only legislation in Nashville and is a member of the Nashville for All of Us integration initiative. Prior to taking the at-large seat, Councilman Stein served as vice mayor of Nashville until 2002. He graduated from Vanderbilt School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.

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Agenda

12:00pm Registration

12:45pm Welcome

12:50pm Keynote Remarks

  • Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta
  • Philip I. Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

1:15pm Learning from Nashville’s Success: Opportunities for Atlanta                               

  • Thomas Negri, Former Managing Director, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel; Interim Executive Director, Nashville Metro Human Relations Commission
  • Ronnie Steine, At-Large Council Member, Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County

1:45pm Audience Q & A