Announcing 2021 Honoree, Ambassador Andrew Jackson Young Jr.

The Council for Quality Growth will honor Ambassador Andrew Jackson Young, former Ambassador to the United Nations and Chairman of the Andrew J. Young Foundation, with its 32nd annual Four Pillar Award. Young’s lifelong dedication to service is illustrated by his extensive leadership experience of over sixty-five years serving as a member of Congress, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta, Civil Rights Leader, and ordained minister, among other positions.

“Ambassador Young has been a champion for education and economic opportunity, not only here in Atlanta, but across the nation and internationally,” said Council for Quality Growth President and CEO Michael Paris. “His lifelong focus on human rights has led to better lives for so many people. He is a shining example of what the Four Pillars stand for.”

Doug Jenkins, the Council’s 2021 Chairman and Georgia Power’s Metro North Region Director also added that, “Ambassador Young not only embodies the Four Pillars of Leadership – he himself is a pillar of Atlanta, our state and this nation. He has given an immeasurable amount of his life to this community and so many others. We are honored to recognize the Ambassador with our Four Pillar Award.”

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The Council for Quality Growth is still assessing when and how the 2021 Four Pillar Tribute will be presented. The event details will be announced as soon as possible based on the latest best-practices on the safety of social gatherings.

The Council for Quality Growth brings people together to engage in dynamic conversations and identify opportunities to move ahead with smart, sustainable growth in the metro Atlanta region.

The Council for Quality Growth is metro Atlanta’s leading advocate for responsible development. Our region will welcome nearly three million people over the next three decades. Only the Council will work on behalf of the development industry to collaborate with elected officials and government staff to ensure that metro Atlanta thrives.

For over 30 years, the Four Pillar Award has paid tribute to the best of our region’s public and private sector leaders, including their collaboration to realize metro Atlanta’s full potential.

Michael Paris, President & CEO, Council for Quality Growth

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