ARC Board Re-Elects Tad Leithead to Serve as Planning Agency’s Chairman

ARC Media Release

(ATLANTA, December 7, 2011) Tad Leithead was elected to another two-year term as chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta region, at the agency’s board meeting today. He is the first citizen member to serve as ARC chairman in the organization’s history, first elected to that post in December 2009.

Mr. Leithead has served on the ARC board since July 2000, representing the citizen district that includes portions of Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb and Atlanta. He previously served as chair of ARC’s Transportation and Air Quality Committee.

“I’m honored that the ARC board has put their faith in me to serve another term as chairman,” said Mr. Leithead. “Together, our board and excellent staff have accomplished a great deal on behalf of the Atlanta region during the last two years, but we remain at a crossroads with several substantial challenges and opportunities facing us.  I look forward to leading the organization at this exciting time in our history.”

Prior to forming his own governmental relations and consulting firm two years ago, Mr. Leithead spent more than 23 years in commercial real estate in metro Atlanta, including senior vice president for Cousins Properties. Active in the community, Mr. Leithead is chairman of the Cumberland Community Improvement District, a self-taxing group of commercial property owners that is directly responsible for almost $3 billion of transportation improvements in Cobb County. He serves on the board of the Bank of North Georgia, as well as the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additionally, Mr. Leithead serves on the boards of the Fulton County Perimeter Community Improvement District and the North Fulton Community Improvement District. He is past chairman of the board of The Walker School. Mr. Leithead is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia with a B.A. in philosophy.

The Atlanta Regional Commission is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 67 other cities.  The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.

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