by Robin Kemp

The Forest Park City Council has voted unanimously to appoint City Manager Dr. Marc-Antonie Cooper to the Aerotropolis Alliance Board of Directors.

Aerotropolis Atlanta is a public-private partnership “working to improve the regional economic competitiveness of the area” around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Over the weekend, Cooper was sworn in as a member of the board of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators during the group’s annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

NFBPA is a progressive organization dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments. Founded in 1983, the nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization consist of 2,500 members and has established a national reputation for designing and implementing quality leadership development initiatives that have led to success.

Other members listed on the board include Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day, Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright, East Point Mayor Bianca Motley-Broom, Lake City Mayor Ron Dodson (who also serves on Forest Park’s Architectural Design Review Board), and Forest Park Economic Development Director Bruce Abraham.

Cooper worked for the City of Atlanta between 2007 and 2015, rising to operations director for customer and business services in Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management. He worked for the City of Detroit and Deltona, FL before accepting the city manager’s position in Forest Park.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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