Bio

Bio

Tony Eubanks

Meet Tony Eubanks

My campaign is built on the premise that we can build our tomorrow together. The volunteer positions I have undertaken all required a spirit of cooperation, engagement, transparency and pragmatism that I feel would be of benefit to the Athens-Clarke County Commission, and more importantly, to residents of our county.

Boulevard Neighborhood Association (BNA), Chair, 2002 – 2007.

Under my leadership we built a neighborhood association that has served as a model for all of Athens. In addition to improved communication amongst neighbors through our listserv and block captain network, our system of requiring two weeks notice to membership before taking an official position ensures that all members’ views are considered and that the position of the BNA truly represents the opinion of our membership.

I plan to utilize the block captain concept in my campaign and, if elected, as commissioner.

CAPPA (Community Approach to Planning Prince Avenue), Co-Chair, 2003 – 2004.

Athens’ first citizen-driven public input and planning process. CAPPA required gaining the trust and cooperation of a variety of stakeholders including the the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation, Athens Regional Medical Center, the Boulevard, Cobbham, King and Pulaski neighborhoods, Georgia Power, and the many business interests located along Prince Avenue. Many of the recommendations from the CAPPA final presentation were incorporated into A-CC’s Prince Avenue Corridor Study.

It is past time that we act on these agreed upon recommendations.

Protect Downtown Athens, Spokesperson and strategist, 2012.

In one of the most divisive community discussions in the last ten years, we created an atmosphere for positive dialogue about the issues related to the first Selig proposal for the Armstrong and Dobbs site. We took the approach of showing what could be instead of fighting the proposed use. Our efforts resulted in Selig pulling their proposal. Unfortunately, while our hopes for improved design guidelines never materialized, we were able to show the possibilities such improvements would have made.

We have a similar situation in District 3 right now. Most would agree that the new Best Western on Milledge doesn’t fit into the surroundings, yet no one has made any effort to address the inappropriate setback options that allowed it to happen. While much is being made of the potential development of the Varsity property, addressing appropriate setbacks would be an important fix that could be accomplished relatively easily.
I look forward to having a seat behind the rail to make sure these types of discussions happen.

Complete Streets Athens, Founder and Steering Committee member, 2014- present.

I have insisted on a fact-based, cooperative approach to work with A-CC elected officials and staff to implement significant improvements aimed at increased pedestrian and bicycle safety, including new mid-block crosswalks on Chase Street, Lumpkin, Milledge and Prince Avenue. The successful Road Diet on Dougherty Street is a direct result of conversations between our Complete Streets Athens team and former ACC Transportation Director David Clark.

Chase Street PTO, Vice President/ Treasurer, 2013 – 2015.

Coordinated school-wide efforts to improve our playground for community enjoyment including installing a basketball court, drinking fountain, and increased tree canopy. As President of the School Council I was instrumental in addressing intra-campus pedestrian infrastructure to minimize pedestrian/auto conflicts zones as well as addressing flooding on the playground. I also served as conduit between the Chase Street PTO and Complete Streets Athens to ensure the mid-block crosswalk in front of Chase Street Elementary was constructed.

ACC Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Citizen’s Advisory Committee, 2016 – present.

I played a significant role in setting the scope of work for the project, in particular by advocating for improved public input processes. I’m proud to say that Athens in Motion is setting a new standard for public participation in the planning processes of Athens-Clarke County.

Employment and Volunteer History:

Current position:
Self employed tutor working with UGA students in Accounting and Finance
Part-time employee (tutor) for UGA Athletics, 1996 – present

Prior experience:
Sales Associate; Aurum Studios, 2003-2006
Athens Weekly News; partner and business manager, 2001-2003
EC2 Studio; partner and business manager, 1998-2001
High Hat Music Club; partner and business manager, 1994 -1998
40 Watt Club; bar manager, 1992 -1994
Instructor; UGA Tull School of Accounting, 1983 – 1989

Volunteer positions:
ACC Bike/Ped Master Plan Citizen’s Advisory Committee; appointed by Mayor Denson
Complete Streets Athens – founder and Steering Committee member
Chase Street Elementary, School Council, 3 years, 2 terms as President
Chase Street Elementary PTO; Vice President (2 terms), Treasurer
Athens Film Arts Institute (Ciné); 7 years served, two terms as President
Community Connection of Northeast Georgia, Board of Directors, 1997-2003; Board President, 1999-2001
Community Approach to Planning Prince Avenue (CAPPA); co-chair
Boulevard Neighborhood Association; Chair, 2002 – 2007
Federation of Neighborhoods; Vice-President, 2005 (?)
Athens Justice Project; founding board member, 1998 – 2000
Volunteer Coach, Clarke Middle School Ultimate team; 2015 – present

Honors and Awards:
Junior League of Athens Volunteer of the Year, 2001
UGA Athletic Association’s Billy Powell Service Award, 2016
Two time World Ultimate Frisbee Champion, Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, 1993, 1995