Yesterday evening, Friederike Munzinger, Manager of Membership & Events, and Silke Miehlke, Director of Consulting Services, along with a few of our Board Members, were able to attend the grand opening of the Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It was a grand affair, with hundreds of representatives from the business and international arenas from Atlanta and the state of Georgia.
Speakers included Louis Miller, Aviation General Manager, who was instrumental to the planning and completion of the international terminal. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also spoke at the ceremonies.
The most touching moment came from Valerie Jackson, widow of Maynord H. Jackson Jr., for whom the international terminal was named. Mr. Jackson was a visionary leader in Atlanta, serving three terms as Mayor over the span of three decades. He was the youngest and the first African-American mayor of a major Southern city and was a champion of equality, economic investment and internationalization in the city of Atlanta. Ms. Jackson recounted her husband’s years of leadership and spoke about the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation, which provides scholarships and support for Atlanta youth.
The Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal was completed with the aid of hundreds of contractors, which fueled economic development in the state. It is a beautiful terminal and we know our international colleagues, members and friends will feel welcome when arriving there.