Hello Vista Grove friends!
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For the past two years, an effort to create a new city in northern DeKalb County has failed to gain traction.
Now, the people behind the Vista Grove Initiative are ramping back up ahead of the 2020 legislative session that begins Jan. 13. They say an increase in visibility will be the key to their campaign’s success next year.
“You may have noticed increased activity around Vista Grove, and we intend to keep the momentum high leading into the 2020 Legislative Session and beyond,” the group wrote in an email to supporters. “We need your help to spread the word, show up at town halls and events surrounding cityhood, and communicate with our legislators.”
Vista Grove would include a wide portion of unincorporated DeKalb south of Brookhaven and Chamblee and north of Decatur. It would become DeKalb’s 13th city.
New cities must be authorized by the Georgia General Assembly. In addition, voters living within the new city’s boundaries must approve the change.
The Vista Grove Initiative is hosting a 5K Run & Walk and a Community Festival on Sept. 21 to raise funds.
Backers are also planning to show up in large numbers to a town hall meeting with DeKalb legislators on Sept. 25. The support of lawmakers whose districts fall within Vista Grove’s proposed boundaries is considered a crucial element to getting a bill approved in 2020.
The town hall will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at Henderson Middle School, 2830 Henderson Mill Road in Atlanta.
This event is free and open to the public. Opponents of cityhood initiatives are also expected to attend and lobby lawmakers to decline to authorize Vista Grove.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 07:00 AM · 13 rsvpsCharles McDaniel Park • in Atlanta, , GA
Introducing the Inaugural Vista Grove 5K Run/Walk Community Festival!
Sept 21 - Bring your family - enjoy something for everyone. There will be a 5k run and a Kids 1k Fun Run Loop around the park.
The Community Festival will include Local Artists and Vendor booths, a Kid Zone with inflatables, Food Trucks, Live Music, Kid Art Gallery and MORE!
Event details and schedule
Packet pick-up and race day registration ($30) from 7am-8am
5k Race - 8am Here is a link for the Course map
Kids Fun Run - 9am ($15)
Food Truck from 11am-2pm
Arts/Community Festival from 7am-2pm FREE KIDS ACTIVITIES!
Be an event sponsor! Download this form and mail to us with your logo and payment. If you prefer to pay online, email us for details.
For additional information, please email email@example.comWednesday, September 25, 2019 at 07:00 PM · 10 rsvpsHenderson Middle School in Atlanta, GA
A Town Hall on Cityhood for Vista Grove will take place September 25th from 7pm to 8:30pm at Henderson Middle School, 2830 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30341. This town hall is hosted by: Rep Scott Holcomb, Rep Michele Henson, Rep Mary Margaret Oliver, Sen Elena Parent and Sen Sally Harrell. We anticipate other Dekalb County legislators, including others with portions of our footprint, to be in attendance. The event will be moderated by Rep Matt Wilson and our five hosts will be on panel for discussion and Q & A portions. There will be leaders in the areas of public safety, municipality and financial feasibility on the panel as well to answer questions.
We strongly encourage everyone to pack the house in support of VG. Please wear your Vista Grove t-shirts!