Archive for April, 2015

Atlanta Regional Public Art Program Launches

April 29, 2015

This new program provides matching funding through a competitive grant process to help communities install public art across the 10-county Metro Atlanta Region. Each work of art will celebrate a community’s unique identity while symbolizing the commonalities of our region.

For each cycle of funding, the program will provide a unifying regional theme. Participating organizations will select their artists and design a community engagement process to interpret the theme for their communities. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will provide training and technical assistance to support the collaborative public art process.

Eligible applicants include local governments, Community Improvement Districts (CIDs), neighborhood associations, and non-profit organizations from the Atlanta region. Applications are due by August 3, 2015. Workshops will be held on June 18 at 2:00 p.m. and July 16 at 2:00 p.m. at ARC (40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303).

To learn more and apply online, visit

More Upcoming Planning Events in Metro Atlanta!

April 28, 2015

Fulton State of the County Address: April 30 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta. County Commission Chairman John Eaves will update attendees. For more information and to register, visit

Sustainable Cities Webinar: Designing Wayfinding Systems that Extend Your Civic Brand: April 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Learn how wayfinding systems can build upon your civic brand, marketing and economic development strategy in this free one-hour webinar. Grant Hayzlett will step you through planning and implementation considerations when designing vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian wayfinding signs and kiosk systems. Grant has worked on more than 100 civic projects involving signage, furniture and interactive elements that all work together to illustrate and promote a community’s civic brand. For more information and to register, visit

Atlanta Aerotropolis Blueprint: ARC and the Atlanta Aerotopolis Alliance are undertaking an effort to develop a new vision for the area surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA). This effort, known as the Atlanta Aerotropolis Blueprint, will provide ARC and local governments with a broad vision, specific tasks and policies, and provide the Alliance with an action plan that will help grow the Atlanta Aerotropolis into one of the region’s premier activity centers. Jacobs Engineering, MXD Development Strategists, and GLD Partners are part of the consultant team selected to lead the effort. As a first phase, ARC used its resources to develop the Aerotropolis Inventory and Assessment Report. This report is an overview of existing plans and policies and provides demographic and economic data relevant to the potential growth and development of the airport area. The report will serve as a foundation for the rest of the Aerotropolis Blueprint process, which is expected to finish before the end of 2015. The consultant team will engage the airport area communities in several ways, including working with the Airport Area Task Force. For more information, visit and

SMART Airports & Regions Conference and Exhibition: May 4-6 at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in College Park. Commercial airports enhance the movement of people, goods and services around the world, acting as economic engines that drive the local, state and global economy. SMART Airports & Regions will serve as an insight into how airports worldwide are realizing the strength of their transportation infrastructure assets and the economic multiplier impact to the regions they serve. This two-day event will be jointly hosted by the Atlanta Aerotopolis Alliance and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA) and organized by the firm Aviation Media. In addition to the Blueprint mentioned above, this conference is one of the Alliance’s first key action steps toward enhancing the airport area. For more information and to register, visit As part of the conference, a Gala Reception will be held at the Delta Flight Museum on May 5 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Separate registration for the Gala event only is available for $60 via

Forsyth State of the County Address: May 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming. County Commission Chairman Pete Amos and Board of Education Chair Darla Light will update attendees. For more information and to register, visit

Southern Regional Grant Conference: May 7-8 at the Sheraton Suites Galleria in Cobb County. This conference, hosted by the Georgia Grant Professionals Association, offers two full days of specialized training and informational opportunities geared toward grant professionals from novices to experts including, government, healthcare, education, non-profits, and consultants. A sampling of workshop topics includes Grant Writing 101, Data Resources Beyond the Census, Board Development, and Learning to Answer the Sustainability Question. For more information and to register, visit

Georgia Planning Association (GPA) Spring Conference: May 8 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta. Join your fellow planning professionals for the spring 2015 installment, keynoted by architect, planner, educator, and author Alexander Garvin. The conference will also feature a range of educational sessions, a Georgia Tech campus tour, and a 2015 General Assembly legislative update. Registration is $150 and will be open up until the conference. AICP CM credits have been requested for all sessions and GPA anticipates being able to offer 6.0 credit hours, including 1.5 hours of law credits. For more information and to register, visit

Southeastern Regional Transit Conference: May 13-15 at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) invites you to this event with the theme “Building Ladders of Opportunity through Transportation Networks.” Building and sustaining vital transportation systems is a high priority, and FTA’s role in delivering safe and reliable transit options has expanded significantly under MAP-21. This conference will focus on the key program changes, new and updated policies and regulations, the Administration’s initiatives, and best practices in the industry. The conference is also co-sponsored by the Georgia Transportation Institute, University Transportation Center (GTI-UTC) and the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida. To learn more and register, visit

ARC Bike/Ped Plan Update and Community Forum: ARC recently began work on an update to its Regional Bicycle Transportation & Pedestrian Walkways Plan. Staff have been meeting with the consultant team, Alta Planning + Design, and are about to ramp up the technical analysis and policy review phase of plan development. The first public engagement event for the update will be the Walk Friendly Community + Bike Friendly Community Forum on May 29. The forum will be an opportunity for regional experts (that’s you!) to gather and discuss opportunities and needs related to walking and biking in the metro Atlanta region. This will be a time to explore how your community can become a designated Walk Friendly Community or Bicycle Friendly Community and how investing in walking and biking can make our region more livable, healthier, and more competitive. The feedback from the forum will help define the priorities and outcomes for the plan update. The forum will be led by Alta Planning + Design and ARC staff and will feature national walking and biking expert Mia Birk, the former City of Portland Bicycle Program Manager and author of “Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet”. Ms. Birk has spent her career creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities.

  • What: Atlanta Regional Walk Friendly Community + Bike Friendly Community Forum
  • When: Friday, May 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Loudermilk Center Ballroom, 40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • The event will be free to attend, but an online registration will be opened closer to the event.

Metro Water District Basin Advisory Council Recruitment: Deadline May 29. The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) is seeking interested individuals to serve on the six Basin Advisory Councils that help develop and implement water resource plans for the region. The councils provide valuable input to the Metro Water District’s planning process and related implementation activities by representing the wide variety of stakeholders that rely on the region’s water resources. The six councils represent the major river basins within the planning region: Chattahoochee, Coosa/Etowah, Flint, Ocmulgee and Oconee as well as Lake Lanier. The Metro Water District encourages interested citizens to apply as well as persons who represent environmental, business, real estate, recreation, neighborhood, agriculture, utility, academic, water resources and other interests. Individuals must reside within the river basin of the council for which they apply. The Metro Water District is specifically looking for individuals who live in one of the following 15 counties: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and/or Rockdale. Members serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for additional terms. Councils hold regular quarterly meetings but may also hold special meetings as needed to provide input on Metro Water District activities and actions. The application for Basin Advisory Council membership is available online at The deadline to apply is May 29. For more information, contact the Metro Water District by telephone or e-mail at 404-463-3344 or

MODA Exhibit: Design for Healthy Living: Now open through August 9 in Atlanta. This exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) explores the impact of the built environment on human health and presents specific design strategies that are used to promote routine physical activity and healthy living. The exhibition provides real-world examples from Atlanta and beyond that demonstrate these design strategies in use and highlight the impact that design is making on the health and well-being of communities. Among the Atlanta projects featured in the exhibition are the Atlanta BeltLine, Serenbe, the Lee Street Redesign, Wheat Street Garden, and others. This highly interactive exhibition – which features an installation by artist and designer Tristan Al-Haddad of Formations Studio – will encourage participation and dialogue as visitors consider the spaces they use each day and how these spaces can be used to improve their health and well-being. For more information, visit

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