Our History

The Buckhead Coalition was founded in 1988 as a private non-profit corporation.

The Buckhead Coalition was created with the mission of nurturing the quality of life in Buckhead and improving the community as an integral part of the City of Atlanta by seventy-five CEOs that either led Buckhead firms or had a pronounced commitment to the community. Former Mayor Sam Massell served as President of the Buckhead Coalition from its creation until his retirement in 2020 and formed close working relationships among the Coalition and both city and state governments as well as influential citizen groups. Today, the Buckhead Coalition consists of 124 members led by Chairman Dave Stockert and President & CEO Jim Durrett.

The Buckhead Coalition’s past initiatives and accomplishments include:

  • The creation of the Buckhead CID which has raised over $90 million in self-imposed taxes from member properties, plus State and Federal grants, for the Peachtree Boulevard project, the MARTA Buckhead Station North Concourse Bridge, and other mobility-related improvements.
  • The lobbying of the Atlanta City Council to vote to approve the construction of the Georgia 400 limited-access highway through Buckhead, connecting I-285 on the north to I-85 on the south, providing a major economic impact of population and commercial growth.
  • Negotiations with Gov. Sonny Perdue and Mayor Kasim Reed for the construction of the north/south ramp between GA 400 and I-85 to improve the flow of highway traffic and reduce surface street congestion.
  • The establishment of a monetary residence incentive for uniformed police moving into Buckhead.
  • Fundraising, from its members only, close to $400,000 for the renovation of the Atlanta International School, and a like amount toward construction of the Carl Sanders Buckhead YMCA.
  • Funding a $50,000 incentive for information that led to the arrest and conviction of a murderer, constituting the highest reward ever paid in the state of Georgia.
  • The lobbying of MARTA to operate a daily bus called The Peach that connects Buckhead, and Midtown without requiring a transfer.
  • The placement of 70 Automated External Defibrillators in Buckhead churches, hotels, office buildings and other places of congregation susceptible to traffic delaying emergency medical response.
  • Hosted Chief Pennington to meet with Coalition members in 2002, which led to the first major funding to create the Atlanta Police Foundation.
  • Creation, activation, and execution of the $2 Million dollar Buckhead Security Plan.
  • Initiated and distributed over 850 lifesaving Trauma Kits to all front line Atlanta police officers, houses of worship, and public schools in the event of a lifesaving emergency.
  • Donated over $167,000 to local area non-profits from guidebook ad proceeds.
  • Purchased the first horse to reconstitute the APD Mounted Patrol.
  • Sponsored initiative to fund 75% of cost for Speed Radar devices for each of Buckhead’s 40 neighborhoods, plus over 60 dog pet waste stations for all neighborhood parks and trails.
  • Provided generators to all Buckhead drugstores in the event of a catastrophic emergency power failure so that refrigerated medicines could be preserved.
  • Commissioned Buckhead’s own community flag, a bright green banner with an impressionistic bucks-head and dogwood blossoms.