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
Chamblee
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.