Archive for December, 2014

Cherokee “State of the County” Address Set for Wed., Feb. 11, 2015

December 18, 2014
Mark your calendar for the Cherokee “State of the County” Address, set for Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Keynoting the event is Cherokee County Commission Chairman, Buzz Ahrens. Attendees will also hear an economic development forecast from Misti Martin, President of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cherokee Conference Center
1130 Bluffs Parkway
Canton, GA 30114
Contact Information:
Mallory Johnson
Email:  Phone: 770-813-3372
Amanda Crater
Email:  Phone: 770-813-3381
$35 for Council Members
$50 for Non-Members
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Amanda Crater,

DeKalb “State of the County” Address: Thursday, January 22, 2015

December 15, 2014
Mark your calendar for the DeKalb “State of the County” Address, set for Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Keynoting the event is DeKalb County Interim CEO, Lee May. The address is presented by the Council for Quality Growth, DeKalb County, and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Hellenic Center
2500 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Contact Information:
Mallory Johnson
Email:  Phone: 770-813-3372
Amanda Crater
Email:  Phone: 770-813-3381
$50 for Council and Chamber Members
$75 for Non-Members
$500 per Table
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Amanda Crater, or Lorie Smith,

Upcoming Events: SART, Council for Quality Growth and Partnership Gwinnett Annual Meetings, and More!

December 2, 2014

From your friends at ARC, here’s a run-down of some upcoming planning-related calls and events in December and January!

APA Community Planning Assistance Teams Applications: Due Thursday, December 4. The American Planning Association’s Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) program is accepting applications for assistance. To learn more and apply, visit APA welcomes applications year-round from members interested in serving on a pro bono CPAT. Team member applications are available on the CPAT webpage along with the community applications. Contact program staff at with questions.

Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART): Friday, December 5 from 7:30-9:00am at the Southface Eco Office (241 Pine St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Join the Roundtable to discuss the impact of climate change on metro Atlanta. This is the same topic being presented at this month’s LUCC, so be sure to attend SART if you are not able to attend LUCC. To learn more and register, visit

Council for Quality Growth Annual Meeting and 2015 Economic Forecast: Monday, December 8 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North (7 Concourse Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30328). This annual event will feature as its keynote speaker Dennis Lockhart, President and CEO of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. CQG’s Chairman will also deliver remarks. To learn more and register, visit

Partnership Gwinnett 2015 Economic Outlook and Awards Luncheon: Tuesday, December 9 from 7:15am-1:00pm at Gwinnett Technical College, Busbee Center. This annual event will serve as an economic development year-in-review, covering major project wins, real estate hotspots, a demographic update and forecast, real estate opportunities and challenges, and what to expect in 2015 for Gwinnett County as well as the state and region. The program will feature a keynote address by renowned local economist, Dr. Roger Tutterow (Kennesaw State University) and an annual awards luncheon recognizing Gwinnett’s most influential, innovative and imaginative companies and leaders. To learn more and register, visit

Georgia Water Resources Conference Manuscripts: Due Monday, December 15. The 2015 Georgia Water Resources Conference will be held at the UGA Center for Continuing Education on April 28-29, 2015. The theme of the 2015 GWRC will be “Water and Prosperity.” To learn more and to submit a manuscript, see the GWRC web page at

Project for Public Spaces Technical Assistance Applications: Due Friday, January 9. Is your community working to become more livable and sustainable? Are you running into barriers? EPA grantee the Project for Public Spaces and its partner Livability Solutions will provide free technical assistance to help 8-10 communities address these challenges through EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The assistance will include one- or two-day targeted workshops in communities across the U.S. Communities will learn how to use a tool or workshop approach—such as a walkability audit, green infrastructure valuation guide, shared use agreement, or community image survey—that can help enhance livability, create lasting economic and environmental improvements, and improve health. To learn more and apply, visit

Still Time to Register for Atlanta Regional Housing Forum – Tomorrow, December 3

December 2, 2014

There is still time to register for the last Atlanta Regional Housing Forum of 2014 – set for tomorrow, Wednesday, December 3 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Free parking is available across the street from St. Luke’s.


The theme of this Forum is:

University Roles and Relationships in Communities

Metro Atlanta is home to 57 colleges and universities with nearly 300,000 students enrolled each year, ranking 7th in the nation in enrollment. These institutions generate nearly $11 billion in economic impact, create 130,000 jobs and pay $3 billion in state and local taxes. Their impact on communities can’t be overstated.

When a higher education institution operates within a neighborhood or community, there is often an engagement with community economic development. In many instances, formalized programs are developed and roles and relationships are deepened for the mutual benefit of the institution and the community. What is the role of a university in their home community? How are relationships created and maintained? Why is it important for a university to be in a community? And how can the community benefit from the relationship?

At this Housing Forum, we’ll explore the world of university roles in communities and speak with professionals in these anchor institutions.


Dr. Elizabeth Fuller is an associate project director at the Georgia Health Policy Center at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies of Georgia State University. Much of her work is in the intersection of research and policy and the translation of scientific findings to multiple audiences and stakeholder groups. Dr. Fuller manages and directs the Health Impact Assessment and Health in All Policies work of the GHPC. Dr. Fuller will discuss GSU’s commitment to health in communities.

Dr. Michael J. Rich is associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Community Partnerships at Emory University. He is the author of Federal Policymaking and the Poor (Princeton University Press, 1993), and several publications on federalism and a variety of urban public policy topics, including community development, housing and homelessness, crime, and economic development. His current research focuses on community building and collaborative approaches to poverty reduction, neighborhood revitalization strategies, and welfare reform, particularly concerning issues relating to the accessibility of low-income households to job opportunities and related support services.

Dr. Jacqueline Royster is Dean of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. She holds the Ivan Allen Jr. Dean’s Chair in Liberal Arts and Technology, and is Professor of English in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Her research centers on rhetorical studies, literacy studies, and women’s studies, areas in which she has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Royster is a strong advocate for Georgia Tech’s outreach into the Westside neighborhoods.


9:00 a.m. – Registration

9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions – Bill Bolling, Atlanta Community Food Bank

9:45 a.m. – Presentations

10:45 a.m. – Discussion

11:45 a.m. – Adjourn

Please remember, the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum is a free event, but registration is requested. We also ask that you consider bringing non-perishable food items for donation to The Atlanta Community Food Bank.


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