Published Sunday, March 03, 2013

Can south side leaders who talked the talk now walk the walk?

Editorial

We were impressed with the talk coming from public officials and others attending the annual South Metro Development Outlook meeting in College Park. Most of the jurisdictions in the Southern Crescent -- including Coweta County -- were represented at the daylong gathering, and much of the talk was about regionalism, cooperation and collaboration between all the communities on the south side of Georgia’s capital city.

We encourage you to read Assistant News Editor Winston Skinner’s report on page 1A today where he outlines in detail what was said about the need for our communities to work together to achieve grand results in the months and years ahead.

While the talk is impressive, now we must wait and see if our leaders can not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. The talking part is much easier than the walking part. But talk will likely get us nothing unless our leaders now are willing to walk the walk day in and day out.

The conversations coming out of this South Metro meeting reminded us of a meeting between metro Atlanta and Georgia leaders back in the mid-1970s in downtown Atlanta. At that meeting Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, then former Gov. Carl Sanders and others harped on the need for regionalism, for cooperation and for collaboration among various jurisdictions in the 15-county metro Atlanta area.

The talk at that mid-1970s gathering did not end when the meeting adjourned. Strong leadership on the part of Allen, Sanders and others was instrumental in many magical things happening that helped make Atlanta and Georgia the undisputed leader of the Sunbelt South. Bold talk followed by bold actions -- not all of which were popular -- made our region and our state a dynamic place to live, work and play.

We hope the talk from the South Metro Development Outlook meeting will not end now that the meeting has adjourned. We hope those talking the talk will now begin walking the walk, picking up others along the way.

If we work together, magical things can happen in the Southern Crescent. Let’s follow the talk with bold leadership and bold actions. Great things can happen.

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