Audra’s Thoughts on the “State of the City” Address

The city of Dunwoody invited Peggy, Lauren and me to attend the 10th Anniversary “State of the City Address” last night.   I rarely attend events like this because I’d typically rather be watching Grey’s Anatomy instead.  However the lovely City of Dunwoody Communications Director, Jennifer Boettcher, invited us so Lauren and I figured it would be fun to check it out.

I took a ton of notes but have just decided not to bore you with those and instead will give you a light version of my observations:

  • This was mine and Lauren’s second time at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia this week and we agree it is a lovely hotel and the banquet space was well done for this event.
  • I ran into several people I loved seeing:
    • Adam Freedman from Dunwoody, PC
    • Lynn Deutsch, one of my fave City Councilwomen
    • Su Ellis, a friend from long ago days at AT&T who happened to win the City of Dunwoody Sustainable Hero award just after I hugged her neck!
    • Priscilla Cole, Dunwoody High’s amazing principal
    • The fun guys from What’s Up Dunwoody and their beautiful wives
    • My young, smart, beautiful friend, Marina Von Behren – the DHS Class of 2020 President
    • Kimberly Franz from the Dunwoody CVB who is beautifully pregnant with her first child
    • And I got to sit next to the Mayor of Tucker and his beautiful wife Gay who happens to be friends with my son’s literature teacher!
  • I learned that the Rotary Club of Dunwoody considers themselves the “friendliest breakfast club” so I need to go have breakfast with them soon.
  • The Mayor talked about paving, police, parks, property taxes and a ton of other things like that but the most interesting things I remember are:
    • The Vermack/Mt. Vernon/Manhassett intersection should be FINISHED by the first day of summer (hallelujah)
    • The city will soon put out a video on crosswalk etiquette
    • The new bridge that connects the Georgetown neighborhood to the Perimeter business district is apparently awesome and I need to check it out this weekend.

Finally, I loved listening to Mayor Shortal talk about how important his family is to him.   He announced when his term ends on 12/31 he’s going to do the following things:

  • Take time to see his grandchildren….
    • Wrestle with the youngest grandboys
    • Drink a beer with his college grandson at Boston College
    • Watch his high school grandson excel on the football field
    • Spend time getting to know his only granddaughter

Denny said he’s “Giving everything he’s got til 12/31 then going to drink a cold one.  We’ve come a long way in 10 years but there’s still work to be done.  If we stay the course…. EVERYTHING WILL BE OK”