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11/09/2015 – The DeKalb Soccer Deal & Economic Development

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 Soccer and Economic Development


On Friday, November 6th, Atlanta United (AUFC) and DeKalb County, agreed to terminate the deal to locate the AUFC headquarters and practice fields on Memorial Drive.
The site impact studies revealed that the land preparation costs were considerably higher than the $3 – $5 million that was previously forecasted. The study validated the concerns I have expressed about this particular project.
While I welcome Atlanta United to DeKalb, the location and the financial terms were not appropriate for this endeavor. The site is too costly to prepare for this use, and, the financial liability too great for the taxpayer.
I was only made aware of the soccer deal when it was presented for a vote. I was not involved in the initial negotiating with AUFC. I do not know if the Administration had further discussions with AUFC to find a more suitable site with better terms for the taxpayer at any point along the way.
It is disappointing that the DeKalb Administration didn’t work on securing a more viable alternative with AUFC.
As we saw in various town halls with iCEO Lee May and many BOC meetings, people across DeKalb were united in their opposition to this deal. The citizens clearly want to see more done to improve the delivery of basic services: police, paving, and parks. The soccer deal put DeKalb in a worse position to deliver these services.
In addition to the need to improve basic services, the discussion about the soccer deal focused everyone’s attention on the need for real, lasting economic development in south DeKalb.
At one of my town hall meetings, improving services, property values, and development in south DeKalb was the main topic. My vision for south DeKalb recognizes the many assets in and near it: Emory, the CDC, I-285, I-20, MARTA, Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport, and more.
With all of the educational and medical assets within DeKalb, combined with the valuable transportation assets, DeKalb should focus on developing south DeKalb into the Silicon Valley of Biotech / Bio med / pharmaceutical industries.
Sustainable and substantial development will first come by bringing high skilled employment opportunities to south DeKalb. Only once average income in the area is raised will blighted areas see real transformation.
In order to recruit industry leaders in the biotech world to locate here, we have to get the basics right. We must have a strong public safety department, we must address our crumbling roads, and we have to add value in all that we do for the taxpayer and business community. It all starts with a dedication to being careful with every penny spent. It is your money.
And, when an employee, particularly in management, abuses the public’s trust by being wasteful, abusive of assets, or steals – they must be terminated.
You work hard to make a living and you expect the same diligence from your government. These are the principles that guide my work.
 Veteran’s Day Sanitation Schedule
The DeKalb County Sanitation Division announces its Veterans Day sanitation collection schedule for residential customers. In observance of Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11, garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings will be collected based on a normal collection schedule.
The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day observed; normal sanitation collection service; residential customers whose regularly scheduled solid waste, recyclable materia…ls and yard trimmings collection day is Wednesday will be serviced on Wednesday, November 11.
Thursday, November 12 – normal sanitation collection service; residential customers whose regularly scheduled solid waste, recyclable materials and yard trimmings collection day is Thursday will be serviced on Thursday, November 12.
Nancy Jester Working For A Safer Tucker

Commissioner Nancy Jester, state Senator Steve Henson, and DeKalb Housing Authority CEO Pete Walker all worked on this issue for a safer Tucker.
Watch these three news stories from Adam Murphy of CBS 46 Atlanta:
Residents complain after police called to halfway house 28 times in 6 months –
Georgia Senator to take action after 28 police calls to halfway
Group home for teens has lease terminated after not paying
Nancy Jester: Working For DeKalb County Taxpayers
DeKalb County Commissioner promises action for residents frustrated by high water bills –
DeKalb County claims Candace Sunshine is a placeholder –
Commissioner questions lack of strong discipline for sanitation director after incidents –
 Nancy Jester Community Call
Support Our DeKalb County Fire Fighters
Over the next six months Commissioner Jester will ask the community to support one of the six fire stations in District One.
Commissioner Nancy Jester is asking community residents and businesses to show our appreciation for these hard working heroes by helping to stock the pantry at our stations.
Staple food items such as sugar, salad dressing, seasonings, cereal, snacks, and beverages such as coffee, tea, sodas and sports drinks are welcomed.
Children are invited to come see the truck and equipment.
The next two Nancy Jester Community Call  – Support DeKalb County Fire Fighters:
Saturday December 5
9:00am – 12:00pm
Fire Station 12
5323 Roberts Drive Dunwoody
Saturday January 16
9:00am – 12:00pm
Fire Station 21
1098 Crown Point Parkway Dunwoody
Veterans Job Fair – Tucker
The Tucker Civic Association (TCA) and the DeKalb Association of REALTORS® will hold a Veterans Job Fair at Rehoboth Baptist Church on Thursday November 12, 2015 during the hours of 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The Fair will also feature Information on Veterans’ services, as well as complimentary resume critiques and on-site printing for resumes.
Interested businesses, universities and veterans’ organizations are invited to participate. The suggested donation for a booth at the Fair is $100 for a large business (more than 100 employees) or $50 for a small business. Booths are complimentary for university and non-profit organizations, including Veterans groups.
To reserve a booth for your company or organization, please visit:
For more information, please contact Ray Ganga at 404-580-2671 or
A New Pet This Thanksgiving
Around DeKalb
Thanks to everyone who donated to our hero DeKalb County firefighters at Station 18 this past Saturday.
Over 100 taxpayers from all across DeKalb County this past Monday night at the Commissioner Nancy Jester and Mayor Rebecca Williams Town Hall on DeKalb County billing problems in Brookhaven.
This is a serious issue for DeKalb County. Taxpayers want change and answers.
Commissioner Nancy Jester at the Tucker Recreation Center for the dedication of the very wonderful new community mural.
Commissioner Nancy Jester played U.S. Government Jeopardy with Webelo Pack 764 of Dunwoody.
A Wonderful talk this past Saturday with the Junior League of Atlanta. Thanks to Meagan Hanson of Brookhaven for the invite.
Thanks to Bill Nigut for the invite to join the panel on Political Rewind this past Friday afternoon. Tune in each Friday at 3:00pm on your local GPB station for this great show.
Great to be with my good friend and Mayor – elect of Brookhaven John Ernst.
In Dunwoody supporting my friend Councilman Terry Nall with state Representative Tom Taylor and Councilman Doug Thompson.

An honor to sign the Tucker 2015 City Victory banner on a historic night in DeKalb County.

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