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For our fourth episode this season learn from John Ahmann CEO of the Westside Future Fund. John lives and works in Atlanta’s historic west side, near the former home of Dr. Martin Luther King. The fund’s donors include philanthropic, corporate, and public interests – a public private partnership. Learn about John’s life and career and his work to form and lead the organization in their efforts to revitalize neighborhoods on the west side of Atlanta.

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“At the core of the Westside Future Fund’s mission is its dedication to the past, present and future residents of the four Historic Westside neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include the world’s largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities, have a rich historical narrative of black Atlanta academic, religious, political and business leadership, and were home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson and other luminaries of the Civil Rights Movement.

The award-winning Westside Land Use Action Plan is a tangible outcome of the commitment to preserve this rich history and ensure current residents can benefit from future development. The plan calls for initiatives that reduce blight, incorporate sustainable practices and balance affordable, market-rate housing.

The commitment is also being put into action through the Westside Future Fund’s Anti-Displacement Tax Fund, funded completely by philanthropic support.”