Georgia Trend 40 Under 40

October 1, 2004

Mayor Clarkson was listed in Georgia Trend Magazine‘s 40 Under 40 in 2004.

Eric Clarkson
Owner, EC Enterprises,
Chamblee City Council
Age: 39

In his third year on the Chamblee City Council, Eric Clarkson has developed a reputation as a consensus builder.

He is credited with working among the city’s diverse groups to achieve unanimous approval for a once controversial Wal-Mart Supercenter scheduled to open this spring that’s now being heralded as a new model for the retailer’s growth within large cities.

“I think Wal-Mart was looking for a real success story,” Clarkson says, deflecting the accolades. The store, under construction on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard at Clairmont Road, lies within a Livable Centers Initiative district, which has tight controls on building placement, aesthetics, signage and parking. Wal-Mart officials agreed to numerous changes and plan on buying additional acreage to help further a multiuse trail planned for the area.

A Colorado native, Clarkson has been civic-minded since junior high, deciding shortly after settling in Chamblee to run for the council the next time his district came open. As a licensed real estate agent, Clarkson favors mixed-use projects. “That’s where I see the future,” he says. “The way Atlanta has grown just doesn’t cut it.” _ M.B.

See the full article on the Georgia Trend website.