In May 2017, Mayor Lary and the Stonecrest City Council welcomed the Atlanta Sports City complex and Emory Healthcare. The Atlanta Sports City will be a 190-acre sports and entertainment complex that will feature indoor and outdoor sports facilities, restaurants, event and meeting spaces, retail shops, entertainment venues and a 15,000-seat stadium. The complex will be located adjacent to The Mall at Stonecrest. Emory Healthcare and Emory Sports Medicine Center will bring a 10,000-square foot sports medicine pavilion and a medical office park to the complex. Mayor Lary and city staff will handle the permitting and zoning processes and other logistical tasks to make this project a success.
Before Mayor Lary became actively engaged in cityhood initiatives, he was a 2012 graduate of Leadership DeKalb, a prestigious organization designed to advance emerging leaders throughout the county. This organization helps leaders identify ways to improve the quality of life of DeKalb County residents and businesses. Mayor Lary's cityhood experience includes serving as the founder and president of the Stonecrest City Alliance in 2013, and the chairman of Stonecrest Yes from 2015 to 2017. He raised more than $50,000 from individuals, small businesses and corporations to conduct two Carl Vinson Institute studies. A successful CVI study was required by the Georgia General Assembly before the City of Stonecrest, Senate Bill 208, could be allowed on the ballot. The 2013 study failed, and in 2015 the study passed. Mayor Lary is universally recognized as the architect and founding father of the Stonecrest Cityhood movement.
Mayor Lary is a former healthcare executive who has worked with companies, such as Johnson and Johnson, EMC, and Kaiser Permanente, for more than 25 years. He has a background in public-private partnerships with DeKalb County and the City of Lithonia. Local businesses and residents benefitted from his expertise in producing several successful outside events and concerts. He produced the Lithonia Concert Series at the Lithonia Amphitheater from 2004-2009. Mayor Lary was awarded the "Legends Award" from the DeKalb History Center in 2013 for his contributions to the cultural arts industry. Additionally, Mayor Lary opened the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center as the inaugural Production and Marketing Manager. He is the former Executive Director of the Lithonia Amphitheater for the Downtown Development Authority. Mayor Lary is an active commercial and residential real estate investor and classic car enthusiast.
Mayor Lary and his wife Debra have been residents of South DeKalb for more than 30 years. Married in 1986, the couple has resided within the new city limits of Stonecrest for more than 25 years. They are the proud parents of two sons, Jason Jr., 27 and James 19. Both young men graduated from DeKalb County Public Schools - Redan High and Arabia Mountain High School, respectively. They both advanced their education. Jason Jr. is a 2013 graduate of Georgia State University and James is a sophomore at Georgia Southern University.
Debra obtained a B.S. Degree in Computer Science from Spelman College in 1984 and a Master’s Degree in Business Education. Lary received his B.A. in Public Relations from Clark Atlanta University in 1984. Debra is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Mayor Lary is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. They are active members of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia. Mayor Lary serves as a Deacon and Chairman of the Trustee Board while Debra serves as a Deaconess.
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