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Join us for the final installment in our 2020 Anti-Racism Speaker Series featuring prominent anti-racist writer and educator, Tim Wise this Thursday, December 3 at 6 p.m. Visit decaturga.com/speakerseries to make sure you’re registered for this session and to watch recordings of the previous speakers.

The Speaker Series was created to mine the knowledge and wisdom of numerous thought leaders to challenge and inspire our community to take actionable steps to instill anti-racism throughout our norms and practices.

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Decatur voters residing in the 5th  Congressional District may cast their ballots in person, by mail, or by drop boxes tomorrow, December 1st. The 5th Congressional District includes voters that cast ballots at the following precincts: Decatur, Glenwood, Oakhurst, Ponce de Leon and Winnona Park. (If you voted at a temporary location during the November 3rd General Election, you will return to that location for the run-off.)

If you would prefer to drop off your absentee ballot, use the box at Decatur City Hall. A complete list of designated drop boxes for the 5th Congressional District’s special election runoff is located at DeKalbVotes.com.

Not sure if you are in the 5th  Congressional District? You can check by visiting the City’s elected officials map or the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

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Early voting for the special election runoff for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District started November 9 and concludes November 25 and available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., with Saturday voting on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. DeKalb voters residing in the 5th Congressional District can cast their ballots in person, by mail, or by drop boxes in and around the district during the designated early voting period. The list of designated drop boxes for the 5th Congressional District’s special election runoff is located at DeKalbVotes.com The only designated early voting location for the special election is the DeKalb VRE office, located at 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur.

The runoff election is Dec. 1.

Not sure if you are in the 5th Congressional District? You can check by visiting the City’s elected officials map here or the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Map Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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There is still time to make the holiday season brighter for children and senior citizens in Decatur by participating in A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur. This year, more than ever, your assistance is needed to help provide holiday gifts. For this year only, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have virtual giving. Donors are asked to provide monetary donations, rather than purchasing gifts.

Traditionally, donors have spent $100 to $150 on gifts for a specific person. Your assistance in any amount will help us to purchase gift cards so parents may purchase winter coats and other necessities. You can also help provide actual gifts for our older residents by making a donation that will be used to order gifts that will be sent directly to the older resident. We are striving to make this a safe program this year for parents, children, donors, volunteers, and older residents.

Go to legacydecatur.com/give and designate your donation to A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur. Legacy Decatur is a 501 (c) (3) registered charity. For additional information, email aseasonofgiving@decaturga.com or call 404-378-8068.

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The Roundtables process included 800 registrants who contributed thousands of comments. Many of these comments about Decatur’s future were in agreement, but some topics revealed conflicting perspectives about how Decatur should chart its course for the next ten years. 

The 202s will allow for a deep dive on these topics. After hearing from subject matter experts, we will join together in virtual discussion groups to help understand tradeoffs and find common ground among differing perspectives. Input from these groups will be used to form recommendations on how the Strategic Plan should address these issues. The 202s will seek to answer the question: “What does success look like in a community of 25K people within a metropolitan region of nearly 6 million people?” 

Here’s the line-up: 

Mobility

Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Housing

Thursday, Dec. 10, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Equity & Racial Justice

Thursday, Jan. 14, 4 – 5:30 p.m. 

Climate Change

February 2021, Date TBD 

Speakers will be announced closer to the event. Visit decatur2030.com for all details. All events will occur on Zoom and will be recorded and available after the meeting. To participate, you may register at decatur2030.com.  

Can’t make it at the scheduled time but still want to be part of the conversation? Watch the recordings, download the discussion guides, and form a small group to discuss the questions. Discussion notes may be submitted at decatur2030.com/get-connected/ or decaturdestination@gmail.com.

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The City of Decatur and the Decatur Development Authorities (DDA) have announced the creation of a small business grant program in response to the financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $400,000 will be granted from funding made available to the local government through the CARES Act.

Any small business in Decatur employing between one and 50 full-time or full-time equivalent employees is eligible, so long as they were open and operational as of March 1, 2020. Depending on various factors in the application process, including the number of full-time employees, eligible businesses will be considered for a grant of up to $25,000.

The grants are being administered by the DDA, and businesses interested in applying are encouraged to visit Decatur’s business resources webpage for updates and for the grant guide. The online portal to submit an application will open at 8:00 a.m. on November 11, 2020, and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on November 25, 2020. In the event that the grant fund is over-subscribed, a lottery method will be used to select which businesses from the group of qualified applicants will receive the grant. Grant distributions are expected by the end of December.

The DDA has also created an interactive webpage detailing which local businesses are remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic and their updated operating hours, which can be accessed through DecaturGA.com.

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  • Decatur will hold its annual Holiday Ornament Unveiling from the store window of Wild Oats and Billy Goats, 112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., on Thursday, November 5 at 6 p.m. Two parking spaces will be closed off in front of Wild Oats so there will be room to safely remain socially distant. Ornaments will be on sale outside and inside the store. Follow @visitdecaturga social media channels for more details or email sherry.jackman@decaturga.com.
  • Are you registered for the next installment in the 2020 Anti-Racism Speaker Series? Make sure you’re registered for this Friday, November 6 at 6 p.m. to hear from Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University. Visit decaturga.com/speakerseries to register for this session.
  • Different Trains Gallery, in Decatur’s Old Depot District, has curated two new art exhibitions featuring Harry Underwood and Ruth Franklin. Also, 4.6 miles west in Inman Park, at the WADDI they’re showing 40 works by Ab the Flagman, Eben Dunn, Ruth Franklin, Gary Goodman, Michael Jackson and Marek Tobolewski. Click the pictures to look online at differenttrainsgallery.com, or schedule an in-person, private visit by calling 404-939-2787.

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Maybe you’ve seen these yard signs around Decatur? The 2020 Strategic Plan update, Destination 2030, is back in full swing, and we want to hear from you! A lot has changed since Opening Night back in January, when we launched the Roundtables process in a room of 600+ people, full of hope for the new decade. Halfway through those discussions the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic put us on hold while civil rights demonstrations unfolded here and around the country, highlighting challenges and inequities that we aim to address in our emerging plans.

In September we wrapped up the remaining Roundtables. Now we’re diving into their biggest topics: Equity and Racial Justice, Climate Change, Civic Trust, Housing, Transportation, and Economic Development. You can use the QR code or short link to visit our Virtual Street Forums to submit ideas, add photos and answer a few questions about each topic.

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Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3. If you have an absentee ballot, you may deposit into the ballot drop off box outside of Decatur City Hall (509 N. McDonough St) or visit one of the nearby boxes located at DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections (4380 Memorial Dr) or Fire Station 3 (100 Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates.) The locations of additional boxes is listed here. Final pickup is 7 P.M. on Election Day.

The DeKalb Board of Registration and Elections strongly urges voters who’ve requested absentee ballots, but would now rather vote in person, to cancel their absentee ballot now. You may cancel your ballot by calling or emailing the Elections Office at 404-298-4020 or voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov. Election officials will email you an affidavit to cancel your current absentee ballot. Taking this step will assist in keeping in-person voting lines moving on Election Day. Or if this isn’t an option, make sure to bring your absentee ballot with you to the polls.

The DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections has approved the following polling place changes for the November 3, 2020 General Election and any following Runoff elections. These changes are necessary because the regular polling locations for these precincts are not available or are no longer able to accommodate indoor social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are planning to vote in person, you should confirm your polling location before going. You may do so at the following link – https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do. Polling places are open 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, November 3.

Still have questions or need additional information? Contact the Elections Office at 404-298-4020 or voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov.

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The DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections has approved the following polling place changes for the November 3, 2020 General Election and any following Runoff elections. These changes are necessary because the regular polling locations for these precincts are not available or are no longer able to accommodate indoor social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A complete list of polling locations for both Advanced Voting and Election Day voting can be found online at DeKalbVotes.com. Be sure to double-check your precinct location by logging into mvp.sos.ga.gov.

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