District 5 Commissioner
Henry County Board of Commissioners
Bruce Holmes has had a lifelong commitment to helping others and giving back to his community. His election to the Henry County Board of Commissioners is a continuation of this service to others.
Although Bruce has deep family roots in Jones County Georgia, he was born on a military base in El Paso, TX while his father was serving in the United States Air Force. After being raised in Detroit, Michigan, he moved on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1987 and went on to earn his Master’s in Business Management from the University of Minnesota St. Mary’s.
Shortly after his election, Commissioner Holmes established the Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation (CBHYF) with a mentoring component called "Project Exposure" which helps to guide youth in a positive direction through exposing them to environments meant to open their minds to potentially new possibilities and horizons. The athletic component of the foundation works in conjunction with the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department and has attracted nearly 500 youth in baseball and basketball year after year.
As District 5 Commissioner, Bruce has had an even greater opportunity to serve and support his community in areas of public safety, quality of life, transportation infrastructure and business development.
After just two years of a four-year term, Commissioner Holmes was honored by two prominent minority business organizations for his work in the community. He is the first and only person from Henry County to achieve these honors.
He was named the 2012 Commissioner of the Year by the Georgia Minority Business Awards (GMBA). This award is presented to individuals who exemplify leadership, commitment to industrious and professional growth, charity towards their fellow man and most importantly their belief in living "success." The GMBA Awards began 16 years ago as a way to recognize outstanding minority-owned businesses in Georgia for their achievements in community, personal and company growth. Since then, it has grown to include other awards in different industries and business sectors, including entertainment, technology, education, non-profit and government.
Commissioner Holmes is also one of more than 300 prominent black business leaders named in the Who's Who in Black Atlanta this year. This is the 14th edition of the publication in Atlanta by the Who’s Who Publishing Company, which was founded in 1989. The publication highlights the positive achievements of African Americans who have made their mark in their professions or in service to others in their community, while also providing a valuable resource and networking guide for the community.
Commissioner Holmes was most recently honored by the Henry County Chapter of the NAACP at its 2013 Freedom Fund Banquet, where he was presented with the President’s Award. The President’s Award is given to an individual or group to recognize special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. Commissioner Holmes was selected to receive the award because of his work as County Commissioner to help create jobs and promote economic development in the County and for his service to the community, particularly for his work on behalf of young people through the Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation. Commissioner Holmes was also presented the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) Community Service Award.
Commissioner Holmes is honored to be recognized for his efforts to improve economic development and make Henry County a better place to live, work and play. He points to several projects and initiatives that he believes contributed to his receiving these honors:
- The Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation has received a lot of attention because of the dedicated volunteers that give their time and energy to help work with and develop our youth.
- Investments in District 5 and Fairview are developing it into a health & wellness community, providing connectivity through multi-use walking trails, bike trails and beautification, including the development of the Kelleytown bike trails and the Panola State Park walking trails.
- The opening of the new Fairview Police Precinct in the Fairview Business District is making residents feel safer and better supports businesses in the area.
- A new medical development is getting underway in which more than $180,000,000 will be invested into the economy of Georgia, creating over 1,300 direct and indirect jobs through the development of a medical, retail and restaurant campus.
Another noted accomplishment for the community as a whole includes the successful passing of SPLOST IV during the November 2013 elections. Commissioner Holmes’ continued efforts and dedication to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Henry County directly resulted in District 5 contributing more than 70% of the total votes needed to win the SPLOST IV campaign. Commissioner Holmes looks forward to the new initiatives that will be driven by SPLOST IV for District 5:
• Bellamy Brothers Memorial Park- Splash Park, Soccer, Volleyball courts, Lacrosse Fields, Batting cages, Pavilions & Walking trails • Improvements to Cochran Park • Fairview Sewer • Permanent New Police Precinct for Fairview Community • New Fire Station • Sidewalks for Walt Stephens and Flippen Roads • A number of Intersection and Road Improvements throughout the district.
“I am really excited about what we have accomplished in three years, but I understand that there is still a lot of work that has to be done. I look forward to the hard work ahead and I am proud to continue to serve and impact lives in a positive way,” said Commissioner Holmes.
Commissioner Bruce Holmes has three adult children and two granddaughters. He is currently the Director of National Accounts for a molecular diagnostic biotech company. He is a member of the Prince Hall's St. James Lodge #4, Nabbar Temple #128 in Atlanta, GA., the Atlanta Consistory #24A, the Stockbridge-Jonesboro (GA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Henry County NAACP and The DeKalb One-Hundred Black Men.
Phone: (770) 288-6001
Other District 5 Information
5: Monthly SPLOST Report (PDF)
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