Honoring the life of Mark Long
We are saddened by the loss of our long-time member and friend Mark Long, who passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 to a heart illness. Mark joined the Atlanta Toulouse Sister Cities Committee in 1986. He served as president of this group for several years and enjoyed the comradery of its members. Before becoming ill Mark had traveled to Toulouse and several other French Cities.
Due to Covid-19, Mark's life was celebrated in private by his family on Sep 26.
The Atlanta Toulouse Sister City Committee (ATSCC) operates under the umbrella of Sister Cities International. Atlanta began her official sister city relationship with Toulouse on December 17, 1974 when then mayors Maynard Jackson of Atlanta and Pierre Baudis of Toulouse signed a proclamation declaring Toulouse and Atlanta sister cities.
Jackson had lived in Toulouse as a child, while his mother was pursuing her doctorate in French. He felt that the two sister cities would make excellent partners. And they have!
The state of Georgia’s capital city has a population of 575,000, with the metro area composed of 5.75 million people. Atlanta is the transportation hub of the southeastern United States and is home to The Coca-Cola Co., Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific Co., UPS, CNN and AT&T Mobility. The city is also home to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International.
Atlanta is also home to many fine universities including Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College and Georgia State University. The Atlanta Braves (baseball), Atlanta Falcons (American football), Atlanta Hawks (basketball) and Atlanta United (soccer) are the city’s fine major league sports teams.
Known in France as la ville rose (the pink city), Toulouse is France’s fourth largest city with a population of 457,000. The city’s metropolitan area is the sixth largest in France. Located 370 miles south of the city of Paris, halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Toulouse is home to the headquarters of Airbus, Galileo Positioning System, the Spot Satellite System, and CNES’s Toulouse Space Center, (CST), Europe’s largest space center. The city is also a major French university location, with 4 universities and 16 quality institutes.
As a member of ATSCC, you will have the benefit of attending our many exciting events, as well as being a member of the city of Atlanta’s most dynamic sister cities group. Make new friendships, have fun, and, if you like, join one of our active subcommittees. It is not a requirement that you speak French to become a member!
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