In his first year in office, Mayor Reed successfully led a transformational ballot initiative to increase investment in Montgomery’s school system for the first time in over 40 years.
Amid the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the public and private sectors, Mayor Reed restructured city government to increase efficiency and effectiveness, increased municipal reserves to record levels and avoided employee furloughs and layoffs – all while maintaining a balanced budget and paying off millions of dollars in debt. As a result, bond agencies awarded Montgomery its best credit ratings since the Great Recession. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder Mayor Reed steered the city through peaceful protests without any personal or property incidents, while also leading initial police reform conversations.
Mayor Reed has invested more in the Montgomery Police Department than any mayor in Montgomery history. Under Mayor Reed’s leadership, the City of Montgomery has embraced 21st Century Policing strategies and targets violence interruption through community collaboration. In doing so, the Montgomery Police Department has achieved a 70-plus percent clearance rate for incidents of violent crime while also seeing a 20 percent decrease in violent crime.
Mayor Reed continues cultivating a climate where entrepreneurs can not only survive – but thrive. In 2022 alone, several corporations have invested more than $340 million dollars in Montgomery and announced over 3,000 jobs. Multiple research publications recently named Montgomery as one of the best places for Black entrepreneurs to start a business. The accolades stem from Mayor Reed’s success in more than tripling the number of Black businesses participating municipal contracts.
Mayor Reed is a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award for Governmental Service and is a member of the New Deal Leaders network, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and the UNUM Fellows cohort. He was selected for the Aspen Institute Socrates Program, serves on the advisory board for the US Conference of Mayors and is the Second Vice President for the African American Mayors Association. He is also a member of the National League of Cities Public Safety Committee