As keynoter for the Georgia Municipal Association annual contest for sixth-grade students in their essays on “What I would do if I were Mayor”, former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell emphasized the key can be seeking and building on the ideas of others. He urged the twelve-year-olds to read local media, from which other programs are identified.
Massell is now president of the Buckhead Coalition, a nonprofit civic group, operating much like a little Town Hall, thus, he finds himself undertaking new initiatives, much like he did when he was in City Hall. The Municipal organization is made up of Mayors, City Councilmen, and other political office-holders; it conducts this contest annually, selecting one winner from each of the State’s twelve districts.
Six-thousand students participated in the essay-writing contest, and the winners came to Atlanta with their teachers and families to receive individual trophies, and have Selfies and photographs taken with Mayor Massell.