Dorian DeBarr

Dorian DeBarr


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My Favorite Thing About DeKalb My favorite thing about DeKalb County is Memorial Drive – I grew up off Memorial Drive; Stone Mountain is at one end; downtown Atlanta is at the other; it’s a connector of people, places and memories that define the area.

Dorian DeBarr is the President for Decide DeKalb. He has accumulated a long list of accomplishments since assuming this role. Since his first day, he’s been hard at work: he has since reorganized Decide DeKalb and paved the way for historic growth across a 24 month period within DeKalb County, with $1.8B in capital investments and more than 8,800 new and retained jobs across 2019 and 2020.  Since DeBar joined Decide DeKalb, revenue has increased by 350%.

DeBar is also a trendsetter – he successfully executed and implemented the $1.5 million Advance DeKalb Capital Campaign, the first of its kind. He has done everything from managing the Atlanta Beltline TAD and IA partnership to negotiating (and closing) $220 million in public bond financing. That money served as the lead source of financing for construction of the famous Mercedes-Benz Stadium. DeBar also manages each other city’s ten different Tax Allocation Districts, work that has resulted in Atlantic Station, the Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum, Atlanta Beltline, Camp Creek Marketplace, and several other transformative projects throughout Atlanta.

Whether he is leading the issuance of over $500 million in public bonds or managing the city’s ten tax allocation districts or  programming, managing, and deploying over $62 million to help grow Atlanta’s economy, DeBar’s focus is always on making DeKalb County the best it can be.