Mayor Bill Dunaway and the Marietta City Council honored Angela Smith with the Distinguished Service Award April 16 for her instrumental efforts to spearhead the city's Weed and Seed program and build community partnerships to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for Franklin Road residents.
A driving force
Smith, who was a manager of the Las Colinas apartment complex for six years, worked with other apartment managers to make Franklin Road a better place to live, Marietta Mayor Bill Dunaway said. "She became a breath of fresh air and has been a leader for other apartment managers on Franklin Road and created a foundation we can build on."
Smith helped Franklin Road become a federal Weed and Seed community as the chairman of the organizing Committee, City Manager Bill Bruton said. "With Angela's help, we've reduced crime in the Franklin Road area by 19 percent and been awarded over $1 million for Franklin Road initiatives."
Smith was a hands-on manager, staying after hours to organize back to school and toy drives for children.
Helped win one of 10 best cities in America
Smith's efforts were instrumental in Marietta being named an All-America City, becoming the first Georgia city in 30 years to win the award as one of the 10 best communities in the nation, Bruton said. She told her story of working with the city and community to improve the Franklin Road area, helping judges award Marietta the national honor.
Groundwork for regional "Create Community" award
The groundwork that Smith helped put in place for Weed and Seed earned Marietta the Atlanta Regional Commission's Create Community award for the city's work to improve the Franklin Road community. The award recognized Marietta as an example for other communities to emulate.
Even though Smith is leaving her job as apartment manager, she will always live in Marietta, she said. "I believe in this city and what this city can do."
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