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The Manhattan Institute Honors outstanding urban leaders who have improved the quality of life in their cities with its annual Urban Innovator Award.

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Urban Innovator Award Winner

 Mitch Daniels.2009
Renee Glover, President and CEO, Atlanta (GA) Housing Authority to receive Urban Innovator Award for Approach to Public Housing

On December 8, 2009, The Manhattan Institute Center for Civic Innovation selected Renee Glover, President and CEO of the Atlanta (GA) Housing Authority, as its 2009 Urban Innovator Award winner. The award recognizes public officials whose program initiatives efficiently and effectively improve the quality of life in America's urban areas. The award to Glover will be presented on December 8th in New York City.

"Renee Glover stands as a courageous role model for public housing reformers across the country," says Howard Husock, vice-president for policy research at the Manhattan Institute. "She understood that government just should not be in the business of operating dilapidated, high-crime housing projects—and she put a stop to it."

Glover is being honored, specifically, for her work, beginning in 1994, to demolish almost all of Atlanta's public housing, where crime sometimes reached 35 times the city average. Under Glover's leadership, troubled "projects" have been leveled, replaced by housing choice vouchers, which include a work (or job training) requirement, and a series of successful mixed-use, mixed-income communities, which have helped reclaim large sections of the city and increase its property tax base. Today, the Atlanta Housing Authority continues to provide housing for more than 50,000 low-income city residents, just as it did when Glover took her position. When she began her work, approximately 20 percent of Atlanta public housing residents held jobs—more than 60 percent are employed today.

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