Mary Norwood Named One of Atlanta’s Most Powerful People by Atlanta Business Chronicle
June 22, 2017:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ellen Adair Wyche
Director of Communications
ATLANTA, GA – —- Mary Norwood, the leading candidate in the Atlanta Mayor’s race, is one of Atlanta’s most powerful and influential individuals in government and business according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Norwood is on the 2017 Power 100 annual list of Atlanta’s 100 most influential people of 2017, as selected by the Chronicle’s editors.
The list highlights individuals that are known for making positive things happen for the City, including titans of Atlanta industry, public officials wielding political clout, and individuals leading civic institutions and highly effective non-profits.
Mary Norwood is renowned for transforming ideas into action. 30+ years of success in the media business, Atlanta community organizations and the local political arena have honed her ability to bring critical thinking and leadership to the most difficult issues. Her experience spans all three categories.
Mary Norwood’s business background is extensive. She was the chief operating officer for a radio company, successfully operating and marketing stations throughout the southeast; the founder of a computer telephony company, the president of a national business organization, and the former principal broker of a Georgia-based real estate firm.
Her civic career in the Atlanta region spans more than two decades, first as a community advocate, then as an at-large city councilwoman for the City of Atlanta. She served 8 years from 2002-2009 and was re-elected to City Council for 2014-2018. Norwood’s reputation as a “get it done” solutions provider is legend: citizens all across the city have supported Norwood in every race she’s run.
In the 2001 election for Atlanta City Council citywide, she received more votes than any candidate in the State of Georgia. In 2005, she ran for re-election and received the most votes of any member of the Atlanta City Council. In 2009, she ran for Mayor of Atlanta and received 49.6% of the votes cast. In 2013, she ran for Atlanta City Council citywide and won with 52.77% of the votes cast.
Norwood’s breadth of knowledge and solutions-based approach has enabled her to impact numerous issues as Atlanta has grown and changed. In recent years, she implemented a revision in the state code to enable abandoned blighted properties to be put back into productive use. She is an active member of the Repeat Offender Commission, and initiated major changes in the criminal justice system to address repeat offenders in the Atlanta. Norwood served on the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Waste & Efficiency in Government to achieve savings in city operations and enable essential infrastructure improvements without raising property taxes. Throughout her years on Council, Mary Norwood has been a tireless advocate for fiscal accountability and transparency in city government.