01 Sep 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
On Sept. 9, Eugene Duffy, former deputy chief administrative officer of Atlanta, joins Universal Commercial Real Estate to discuss “The Atlanta Model” during the 4th monthly Regional MBE Power Breakfast at the University Club from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Duffy served under Mayors Andrew Young and Maynard Jackson, who are widely credited with ushering Atlanta into a powerhouse position among Southern cities. As Young’s deputy CAO, Duffy was center stage during many of Atlanta’s firsts and many of its landmark accomplishments – expanding Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Developing Underground Atlanta, building GA 400 (the state’s first toll road), Atlanta being named host for the 1996 Olympic Games and securing a record amount of foreign capital infusion by international banks and corporations.
Now Principal and Partner of Paradigm Asset Management, Duffy will discuss how Atlanta’s support of its African-American entrepreneurs was a major contributor to Atlanta’s growth.
“The entrepreneurial spirit is at the core of most any major city’s success. It’s the fuel on which the city runs. I’d love to see Memphis reach its maximum potential and assume it’s rightful place among other choice cities,” said Donnell Cobbins, chief operating officer of Universal Commercial Real Estate.
Darrell Cobbins, Universal Commercial’s president, said, “Atlanta should be a benchmark for Memphis, a beacon. It’s an excellent case study in how a small town became a robust metropolis; it was once where we are and is now what we aspire to be.”
Cobbins said Duffy’s firsthand experiences will be a “game changer for many of us who are working to make Memphis a better community for minority entrepreneurs. ”
The mission of the Universal Commercial Regional MBE Power Breakfast is to foster the growth of minority-owned businesses by building relationships, sharing information and encouraging business-to-business commerce between minority business owners and their advocates.