County State Watch Monday February 18, 2019 – Steve Brown – Former Fayette County Commissioner

Monday February, 2019

Former Fayette County Commission Chair/Peachtree City Mayor

Steve Brown was elected to the Fayette County Board of Commissioners in 2010 and finished serving his second four-year term December 31, 2018.  He was elected to the Chairman’s position by his colleagues for the 2013 and 2014 year terms.

Brown is an Atlanta native. He holds a degree in Journalism Management from the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, and currently works as a freelance writer. After college, he managed several general and specialty dental facilities within large and small corporate practices, mainly assigned to trouble shooting and establishing sound business systems within each unit to enhance profitability.

In 1997, Mr. Brown and his wife moved to Peachtree City where he soon became active in local politics and was appointed to the City’s first Ethics Board in 2001. He later held the elected office of Mayor of Peachtree City from 2002 to 2006. In 2005, under his leadership, CNN and Money Magazine recognized Peachtree City as one of the “Top Ten Best Places to Live” in the United States.

In an effort to promote state legislation to aid and protect Georgia’s cities and their citizens, he co-founded the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayors Association, a collaborative alliance comprised of the 67 cities in the greater Metro Atlanta area. He has also served as the Association’s Chairman. He has held numerous posts with Georgia Municipal Association and served on the Policy Cabinet of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.

Mr. Brown has served in several organizations, including Chairman of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Citizen Corps Advisory Council, Secretary of the Fayette County Local Emergency Planning Committee, past member of the Metro Atlanta United Way’s Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Advisory Committee, and President of the non-profit Peachtree City Dog Park Association. He also assists with several local charities through the community and his church. He has a special interest in Fayette’s public school system, serving as President of the School Council for J.C. Booth Middle School in 2009-2010 and PTO President for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Mr. Brown’s bold stands on regional government planning and transportation issues led to his recognition as one of “Georgia’s 40 Rising Stars Under Age 40” in business, government, education, academia, medicine, arts, nonprofit sectors and the judiciary, as selected by Georgia Trend Magazine.

In 2005, Brown was given the “Local Champion” award from the Georgia Alliance for the Prevention of Tobacco for his leadership in creating the state’s smoke-free facilities model used to create the state statute, making Georgia the first tobacco growing state to prohibit second-hand smoke in public facilities. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross and is the recipient of the Alpha Kappa Alpha 2004 Political Action Award in recognition of his service to the minority community while Mayor of Peachtree City.

Mr. Brown won the Democracy Award from Common Cause Georgia in 2013 for his stances on and commitment to state ethics reform. As Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Brown played a significant role in making Fayette County one of the most open and transparent local governments in Georgia.

Mr. Brown has been a featured speaker at conferences across the Southeastern United States on the subjects of transportation planning, land use planning, retail trends, stormwater planning and homeland security. He is an active participant in the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.

Mr. Brown was instrumental in securing the substantial Pinewoods Studios Atlanta film and television project for Fayette County and led an effort in conjunction with the City of Fayetteville to build the first phase in only 10-months, opening the door to more than 3,000 jobs and a potential economic impact of more than $370 million annually. The effort has won national attention, including 2013 Large Deal of the Year from the Georgia Economic Developers Association and the 2013 Atlanta Regional Commission CREATE Award for Regional Prosperity and Economic Development.

In 2013, Brown worked in conjunction with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia in creating a coalition of county chairmen from metro Atlanta referred to as the Metro Chairs. The group works on open communication between counties and finds opportunities for collaboration.

In 2014, Brown began the Fayette County Public Arts Committee which works to facilitate creative projects at all skills levels throughout the county.

Mr. Brown is a leading conservative voice in metropolitan Atlanta on mass transit, traffic congestion mitigation, transportation funding as well as multi-use path infrastructure. He has been featured in op-eds and guest editorials for various media outlets. In 2013, Brown was featured in Governing Magazine on conservative local politics and participated on a presentation panel for International City/County Management Association Conference in Boston.

In 2015, Mr. Brown was a panel speaker on law and policy concerning autonomous automobiles at the Unmanned Systems Institute Conference in San Diego and at Georgetown University in 2016. He presented on “Transforming Commute with Autonomous Vehicles” at the 2016 Georgia Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Summer Seminar. He was a featured speaker on autonomous automobiles and autonomous freight delivery at the Nation Association of Counties (NACo) and U.S. Federal Highway Administration forums Innovations in Transportation and Technology: County Leadership Peer Exchange forum in Iowa City (2016) and Keep Counties Moving: Innovations in Transportation Peer Exchange in Savannah (2017).

He was also selected as an Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) participant sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission in 2016.


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David Rice – speech to the constitutional convention of Kentucky — 1792

“Slavery naturally tends to destroy all sense of justice and equity. It puffs up the mind with pride: teaches youth a habit of looking down upon their fellow creatures with contempt, esteeming them as dogs or devils, and imagining themselves beings of superior dignity and importance, to whom all are indebted. This banishes the idea, and unqualifies the mind for the practice of common justice.”