Archive for August, 2013

Register Now for the 2013 Lifelong Community Summit on Tuesday, September 17

August 28, 2013


The Atlanta Regional Commission’s second Lifelong Community Summit, entitled Gray Goes Green, will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

This event will focus on the role of natural and built environments in promoting health, and opportunities for aging and environmental professionals to advance a common agenda.

Internationally recognized experts will present cutting-edge findings on healthy aging. Speakers will include Maria Valenti of the Healthy Aging and the Environment Initiative; Kathleen Wolf, PhD from the College of the Environment at the University of Washington; and Marilyn Metzler, RN with the Division of Adult and Community Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The day will also feature local activists and naturalists who will share opportunities to explore nature in the Atlanta region.

Breakfast, lunch, parking and garden admission are included in the $35 registration fee.

For more information, visit the Forum webpage. To register, visit

2013 ARC Developments of Excellence: Call for Nominations Now Open

August 26, 2013


Each year, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) honors trend-setting developments in the Atlanta region with the Developments of Excellence (DOE) Awards. Past winners have been honored for exemplifying urban revitalization, transit accessibility, affordable housing, conservation and sustainability. The program is now in its 15th year.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 DOE Awards, and submissions are encouraged from developers, builders, private, public and nonprofit entities for their recently completed or nearly complete projects.

In addition to the primary DOE award, ARC offers additional award categories that reflect the incredible places that comprise our diverse region. The first category is the LCI Achievement Award, which honors a community that has excelled in the implementation of its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan. The second category is called “Great Places” and allows nominations for places, streets, communities, neighborhoods, civic spaces or parks that contribute to the Atlanta region’s character and provide choices for where and how people work and live. Great Places are enjoyable, safe and desirable and can serve as regional models for future growth – the possibilities are open.

Visit ARC’s Developments of Excellence webpage to find out more, read about past winners, and nominate a deserving project, community, civic space, etc. by the close of business on Friday, September 20. Then register for ARC’s annual State of the Region Breakfast on Friday, November 1 to learn the winners.

Please e-mail questions or completed nomination packets to Andrew Smith at or mail to his attention at 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Alan Berube of Brookings Delivering Keynote at Atlanta Regional Housing Forum on Sept. 4

August 26, 2013

Mark your calendars for the next Atlanta Regional Housing Forum on Wednesday, September 4 from 9:30-11:45 a.m. at the Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community (40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303).

Join us as we welcome nationally noted researcher, speaker and writer Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution, co-author of the book Confronting Suburban Poverty in America. Mr. Berube will share findings from his book and their connection to metro Atlanta, as well as root causes, challenges and proposed solutions. The forum will also include a panel of local leaders discussing different dimensions of suburban poverty in the Atlanta region.

Register and find out more today at

The Forum is free, but registrants are asked to bring canned or non-perishable food items for donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The meeting agenda is below.


  • 9:00 a.m. – Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions – Bill Bolling, Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • 9:45 a.m. – Keynote Presentation – Alan Berube, The Brookings Institution
  • 10:30 a.m. – Panel Discussion on the Local Perspective

  • 11:45 a.m. – Adjourn

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