Archive for December, 2015

ARC’s New Bike/Ped Plan Available for Public Comment

December 10, 2015

Walk Bike Thrive! – ARC’s new regional walking and bicycling plan – is now online for public comment at

The plan is divided into three parts – Recommendations; Regional Travel Assessment; and Public Participation.

Part 1 details strategies to help build walk-friendly and bike-friendly communities across the Atlanta region and make walking and bicycling safe, convenient, and normal ways to travel. Recommendations also include the region’s first comprehensive vision for a connected regional trail network.

Part 2 is a by-the-numbers look at how active transportation impacts the safety, mobility, and economic competitiveness of the region.

Part 3 highlights the public support for walkable communities and a bike-friendly region.

ARC will be accepting comments on the plan through January 15, 2016. Please send comments to

Learn How Transit Affects Your Business This Friday, Dec. 11

December 7, 2015

In the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 2015 “Metro Atlanta Speaks” public opinion survey, 27% of respondents said transportation was the biggest problem facing the region, the second consecutive year transportation topped the list of concerns. In that same survey, 91% of respondents said improving public transit is “very important” or “somewhat important” to Atlanta’s future.

So, what does this mean for you and your business? How can transit options help your employees be more productive? How can you use transit benefits as an incentive to recruit and retain employees?

You’re invited to a unique breakfast and learning opportunity on this topic this coming Friday, December 11 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at One Atlantic Center – 1201 West Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 in the Concourse Level Conference Center.

A range of partners has come together to share ideas at this event about the importance of transit to the region. A dynamic panel of local employers will discuss their perspectives on the importance of transit; information will be shared about transit benefits and tools available to employers; and you will learn more about development plans around stations and upcoming campaigns for transit funding.

Speakers include:

  • Dave Williams, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Amanda Rhein, MARTA
  • Sarah Kirsch, Urban Land Institute Atlanta
  • Eric Ganther, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Mark Toro,  North American Properties
  • Scott Stuckey, Omni Hotel
  • Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Odetta Macleish-White, Enterprise Community Partners, TransFormation Alliance

To register for the event, visit

2015 CREATE Community Awards – Nominations Now Being Accepted

December 7, 2015

The ARC CREATE Community Awards honor local governments and its partners for their creative efforts to improve efficiency and services to citizens of the metro area in six categories:

  • Community Development and Collaboration
  • Regional Prosperity and Economic Development
  • Environment Sustainability
  • Arts & Culture
  • Technology
  • Educational Excellence

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s awards cycle. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on January 8, 2016.

Learn more and apply at


Any city or county in the 10-county Atlanta region is eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by a city or county. However, joint applications demonstrating collaborative partnerships with chambers of commerce, school systems, neighborhood organizations, community improvement districts, nonprofits and other community organizations are strongly encouraged.


For more information, contact Katrina DeBerry at 404-463-3211 or

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