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Emory University annexation into City of Atlanta approved by Atlanta City Council

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Vince Dollard
Emory University
Jenna Garland
City of Atlanta

The City of Atlanta and Emory University announced today that the annexation of Emory into the city has been approved by the City Council and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

“We are thrilled that the City Council has approved our annexation petition,” says Emory University President Claire E. Sterk. “Working together, Emory University and the City of Atlanta will continue building a stronger future for neighborhoods across the metropolitan area. We enter this new stage of our relationship with enthusiasm and great optimism for what lies ahead. 

“Emory is not leaving DeKalb County,” says Sterk. “We remain steadfastly committed to our colleagues and neighbors in county leadership and beyond. Alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the other entities involved in annexation, we will pursue our shared mission of serving the common good in the greater metropolitan area and well beyond.” 

Emory and the City of Atlanta have built alliances over many years. In addition to Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory’s historical affiliations with Grady Hospital and the Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech and Georgia State, Emory’s stewardship of and investments in key business, arts, culture and scholarship resources drive economic activity to the region.

“Emory University and the City of Atlanta are entering an exciting new phase in their shared history and development,” says Robert Goddard, chair of the Emory University Board of Trustees. “Our collaborative partnership will help Emory strengthen its commitment as a leading liberal arts research university to improving society on a local, national and international scale.”

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