Archive for August, 2014

American Planning Association President William Anderson Speaking at Georgia Tech on Sept. 2

August 21, 2014

William Anderson, FAICP, American Planning Association (APA) President and AECOM Vice President, will be giving a talk entitled “The Future of Planning: Practice and Profession” on Tuesday, September 2 from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium on the Georgia Tech campus. The space is located in the Architecture East building, Room 123. For parking information and directions, please visit the College of Architecture information page at

Still Time to RSVP for Thursday 8/14 FHFA Event in Atlanta

August 13, 2014

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will host an outreach event in downtown Atlanta tomorrow, Thursday, August 14 at 11:00 a.m., to reach remaining homeowners who could benefit from the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). There is still time to RSVP and attend this event, which will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue.

Visit to learn more and register for the event.

Visit for more details on the HARP program.

At this outreach event, FHFA Director Mel Watt will join housing experts and community leaders in a town hall-style meeting. The event will highlight the benefits of HARP and provide tools to help community leaders encourage the more than 34,000 Atlanta area residents still eligible to participate to take advantage of HARP. These eligible borrowers could save as much as two thousand dollars each per year by refinancing their mortgage.

GDOT Statewide Rail Plan Update Public Hearing to Present Draft Recommendations; Solicit Input from the Public

August 13, 2014

Transportation Spotlight by the Atlanta Regional Commission


The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has begun a major update of the Statewide Rail Plan. This document, last updated in 2009, outlines long-range rail planning priorities in Georgia and  provides comprehensive data about the railroad industry within the state. The plan will enable GDOT to implement a more efficient and effective approach to integrate passenger and freight rail elements into the larger multi-modal transportation framework. It will cover the time period from the present to the year 2040 to better integrate with the Georgia Statewide Transportation Plan (SWTP) and Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan (SSTP).

The second round of public outreach commences this week, with meetings scheduled across the state. At these meetings project team staff will present draft needs and proposed projects, policies and programs for rail transportation across the state. These recommendations have been informed by stakeholders, rail agencies and the general public. The public meeting in Atlanta is scheduled for August 13th…

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Southside Development Forum Set for August 26

August 5, 2014

Two Forts and the Airport — Economic Engines of the Southside Driving the Region

Join the Council for Quality Growth, in partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission, to hear how Fort Gillem and Fort McPherson — along with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Porsche, the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance and the Airport West CID — are combining to drive investment and countless new jobs just south of the city. Dirt is turning, and construction is underway. Learn how you can participate and what it all means to Atlanta’s future.

Check out the Event Flyer and review the details below.

Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30328


Contact Information:
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amanda Crater at or 770-813-3381. For registration questions or to register, please contact Mallory Johnson at or 770-813-3372.
Members, $45
Non-members, $65

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