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

March Planning Events in Metro Atlanta

March 10, 2015

The month of March is full of planning-related events around the Atlanta region, spanning a range of topics such as housing, historic preservation, TOD, community development, and leadership.

ARC Regional Leadership Institute (RLI)Applications now being accepted. RLI is a comprehensive leadership program designed to better prepare a diverse group of community, government, business and nonprofit leaders to work collaboratively in addressing regional issues. For more information and to apply, visit Contact Katrina DeBerry at with questions.

The Phoenix Flies: 12th Annual Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites: March 7-22. Atlanta’s historic built environment of buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods is an integral part of the City’s culture and economy. The Phoenix Flies Celebration provides an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and strengthen these assets to the benefit of all. The 2015 program includes an extensive range of tours, lectures, and other events. This annual celebration is organized by the Atlanta Preservation Center and dozens of other preservation partners. See for more information.

Atlanta Regional Housing Forum – The State of Housing in Metro Atlanta: Thursday, March 12 from 9:00-11:45 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (free parking available across the street from St. Luke’s). The Atlanta Regional Housing Forum kicks off its 2015 quarterly programs with a comprehensive look at metro Atlanta’s housing landscape. In the aftermath of the housing crisis and its lingering impacts, what are the issues of greatest concern in the housing sector for 2015 and beyond? With shifting demographics, increasing suburban poverty, expiring tax credits, troubling negative equity levels and more, our region has a number of complex issues on the table. Economic recovery and development of walkable communities seem to be flourishing in select communities. But many submarkets are struggling to return to pre-recession stature. This Forum will examine the state of affairs in all spectrums of housing – affordable and market-rate housing in both single- and multi-family sectors. Attendees will hear from representatives of the Atlanta Regional Commission, Greater Atlanta Home Builders, local public housing authorities and more. Be sure to register here.


9:00 a.m. – Registration

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

9:35 a.m. – Setting the Context – Mike Carnathan, Atlanta Regional Commission

10:00 a.m. – Panel Presentation

  • David Ellis, Greater Atlanta Home Builders
  • Doug Faust, Decatur Housing Authority
  • Chuck Young, Prestwick Development

11:45 a.m. – Adjourn

Recommended Reading:

FHWA Workshop – “Contemporary Tools and Approaches for Parking Pricing and Management”: March 16 from 8:00-5:00 p.m. at ARC in Atlanta. This workshop is designed primarily for parking program managers and transportation policy leaders from local governments to exchange ideas with national leaders and among themselves. It will feature national experts – including representatives from SFpark, where parking meter rates vary by block and time of day to ensure availability, and King County’s (Seattle’s) Right Size Parking tool, which guides policymakers and developers by providing area and parcel parking utilization rates reflective of development and site characteristics, as well as transit/bicycle access and parking prices – who will join local leaders to share insights and lessons learned. Join your regional colleagues to exchange experiences and information with each other and with national experts on a wide range of parking topics, including:

  • Parking pricing policy
  • Parking payment technologies
  • Data collection and system management strategies
  • Parking management issues facing cities
  • Innovative strategies to reduce parking demand and address the needs of preferred users
  • Tools for developing a local parking pricing and management action plan

Seating is limited, so register early at ARC is located at 40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. The workshop will take place in the Harry West Conference Room on Level C.

Underwater Atlanta: The Negative Equity Crisis: March 17 at the Carter Center in Atlanta. In the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, metro Atlanta leads the country with 35 percent of homeowners underwater on their mortgage loans. Housing recovery in the region has been wildly uneven. The rising tide of home prices in affluent neighborhoods has bypassed large portions of metro Atlanta, particularly communities south of I-20 and along portions of the I-85 corridor. Of the top 10 hardest-hit zip codes in the country for negative equity, nine are located in metro Atlanta. On March 17, the Piece by Piece Foreclosure Response Initiative and its partners will explore solutions for the lingering issue of negative equity in our region’s neighborhoods. Make plans to attend this half-day event. Stay tuned for additional information on email and at

CNU Atlanta March T3* – The GM Doraville Redevelopment: March 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Steel Restaurant & Lounge (950 W. Peachtree St., Suite 255, Atlanta, GA 30309 – convenient to the Midtown MARTA station, parking also available in the Publix deck). Demolition is well underway on the GM DORAVILLE REDEVELOPMENT, and master planning is nearing completion. The redevelopment will leverage its unique position as the premier transit-oriented site in the Southeast and one that embraces parks and walkable streets. The plan will create diverse places that serve the citizens of Doraville and the region. Plan on attending to learn more about the project from Dave Schmit, Principal at Macauley+Schmit, and Eric Pinckney, Project Executive for Integral Development. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Membership is not required to attend. Visit for more information.

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

Water Drop Dash 5K Race and Family Water Festival: Saturday, March 21 (register by March 18). This Peachtree Road Race qualifier caps off Fix a Leak Week and takes place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. The course is fast and flat along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The family Water Festival follows with a children’s fun run with mascots, prizes, activities, games, crafts and sponsors’ booths.  Race participants will receive a t-shirt and enjoy free admission to the Chattahoochee Nature Center all day on race day. For more information or to register, visit

Clayton County “State of the County” Address: March 26 (rescheduled from Feb. 26) from 7:45-9:30 a.m. at Clayton State University in Morrow. The address will feature County Chairman Jeffrey Turner. Discussion items will include Highlights and Achievements of 2014; Economic Development; MARTA; Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Projects; and Future Opportunities. Cost: $20 members and member guests, $30 non-members. Visit for more information and to register.

GPA and GT Spring 2015 Reception: March 26 in Atlanta. Please join GPA and the Georgia Tech Student Planning Association (SPA) for the Spring 2015 Alumni & Networking Reception on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at Park Tavern (500 10th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309). This event is open to all planning professionals and planning students. The event features an evening of drinks and conversation with industry professionals, alumni, Georgia Tech faculty and other enthusiasts. It will be held in the main restaurant level at Park Tavern with a full bar and food menu available. Parking is available for $3.00. Please be sure to RSVP here and visit the SPA Facebook page here. With questions, email Ranjani Prabhakar, SPA Social Chair.

2015 National Main Streets Conference: March 30-April 2 in Atlanta. This annual conference is hosted by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The conference attracts professionals in preservation-based, economic development and community revitalization, including both experienced and new downtown and neighborhood Main Street directors, volunteers, architects, planners, economic development professionals, public officials, volunteers, and consultants. In addition to learning and networking opportunities, the event will feature a day-long Main Street Four-Point Approach training; mobile workshops where attendees learn from revitalization successes and challenges in the Atlanta region; and an Expo Hall with product and service providers specializing in commercial district revitalization. The 2015 conference theme is “TEAM Main Street: Teamwork and Entrepreneurship across Main Street.” The event will be focused on bringing partners together to foster new ideas for building economic, financial, and business development successes on Main Street. To learn more, visit

ARC LUCC/TCC Meeting Scheduled for Thurs. 2/26 is CANCELLED

February 25, 2015

The ARC Land Use Coordinating Committee (LUCC) meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Thurs., Feb. 26 has been cancelled due to the forecasted inclement weather across metro Atlanta.

ARC is working to reschedule this joint LUCC-TCC meeting. Staff will follow up with committee members and other attendees via e-mail with the new day/time as soon as it is identified.

Please stay safe and warm!

February Planning Events in Metro Atlanta

February 5, 2015

The month of February features some exciting and educational planning-related events around our region. Be sure to check them out!

Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable: Planning for a Sustainable Atlanta: Friday, February 6 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Southface in Atlanta. The biggest new development boom since the 1996 Olympics is underway in the City of Atlanta. What does this mean for Atlanta’s future? Will we expand our city’s walkable urban spaces or compound suburban sprawl and highway congestion? The City of Atlanta Planning Commissioner, a position currently vacant, is responsible for the city’s comprehensive planning, and therefore has significant influence over the direction of new development in Atlanta. On February 6, three of Atlanta’s prior planning commissioners will convene to discuss Atlanta’s new development cycle and what the City needs in a commissioner to position it as a forward-thinking, sustainable city of the future. Panelists include Michael Dobbins, Leon Eplan, and Tom Weyandt. For more information and to register, visit

Cherokee State of the County Address: Wednesday, February 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Conference Center in Canton. Keynoting the event is Cherokee County Chairman, Buzz Ahrens. Attendees will hear an economic development forecast from Misti Martin, President of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. For more information, visit

South Metro Development Outlook: Wednesday, February 18 from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in College Park. The South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) serves as a platform to convene professionals with an interest in fostering smart growth in the southern crescent, highlighting the City of Atlanta and Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton Counties. SMDO features industry experts and government officials providing invaluable information relevant to South Metro’s continued growth. This year’s conference will feature topics including the new Clayton County/MARTA partnership, film industry growth, BeltLine West and South Metro economic forecasting, and more. It will culminate with a talk by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA) general manager Miguel Southwell, providing insight on new developments planned for H-JAIA, including the 24-hour “Airport City” and its economic impact. For more information and to register, visit

Gwinnett State of the County Address: Thursday, February 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Charlotte Nash, will review 2014 achievements and unveil a vision for 2015 and beyond. More than 650 community leaders and elected officials are expected to attend this annual event. For more information and to register, visit

Georgia Organics Conference & Expo: Friday-Saturday, February 20-21 in Athens. For the 18th annual conference, Georgia Organics is returning to Athens, the heart of northeast Georgia’s farming community. More than 1,000 attendees will learn, network, feast, and champion organic foods and farms. The two-day conference is one of the largest sustainable agriculture expos in the South and attracts famers, health advocates, gardeners, parents, DIYers, and everyone in between who cares about healthy foods, farms and families. This year the Georgia Organics Annual Conference will feature eight Food and Farm Tours, more than 12 in-depth workshops, 36 educational sessions, a Better Farms, Better Flavors Expo, a keynote from chef and author Hugh Acheson, and the famous Farmers Feast, featuring local, organically produced food. Visit for more information and to register.

Joint ARC LUCC/TCC Meeting: Thursday, February 26 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at ARC. The next ARC Land Use Coordinating Committee (LUCC) meeting will be held jointly with the ARC Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC). The meeting will focus on gathering committee members’ and attendees’ input on important components of The Region’s Plan. The meeting is set for Thurs., Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at ARC.

NEXT SOUTH Conference and Career Fair: Friday, February 27 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at The Biltmore in Atlanta. (817 West Peachtree Street). Generation Green and the Georgia Conservancy present NEXT SOUTH, the largest conference in the Southeast dedicated to inspiring and empowering future leaders seeking careers in sustainability and corporate responsibility. A full day of speakers and panels featuring a who’s who list of industry luminaries, plus a career fair with top companies seeking talent for internship and career opportunities. Participating companies include: AGL Resources, Brown-Forman, Center for Civic Innovation, Center for Disease Control, Chipotle, City of Atlanta, The Coca-Cola Company, Compost Wheels, Cox Enterprises, Emerald Cities, Ernst & Young, Federal Reserve Bank, FoodCorps, Garnish & Gather, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, GreenLaw, Homestead Atlanta, Homrich Partners, Kimberly-Clark, Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, Mohawk Industries, National Wildlife Federation, Novelis, Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, Park Pride, Live Thrive Atlanta, One More Generation, Opportunity Knocks, Red Hare Brewing, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, SolAmerica Energy, Southeast Horticultural Society, Southwire, Sustainable Talent, Trees Atlanta, UPS, U.S. Green Building Council, White Oak Pastures, Whole Foods. Click here for a full Next South schedule. $35 Pass – All-Day Conference and Career Fair (includes Whole Foods breakfast and Chipotle lunch). Limited tickets available. Any available seats will be $45 at the door.

DCA Community Planning Institute (CPI): Friday-Saturday, February 27-28 in Richmond Hill, GA. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Planning and Environmental Management, in partnership with the Georgia Planning Association, offers a series of classes called the Community Planning Institute (CPI) to Georgia’s planning commissioners, elected officials and local government staff. The Institute provides information about planning for land use, growth and development, as well as for efficient management of local water resources. While not in the Atlanta region, the upcoming class in Richmond Hill (south of Savannah) is open to interested planners from all parts of Georgia. The event will feature two courses:

  • Managing Your Water Resources  (Feb. 27): One-day training that is an overview of Georgia’s water resources and what local governments can do to wisely use and protect these resources. Registration is $25. There is no registration fee for representatives from WaterFirst and PlanFirst communities. Register Here
  • Preparing and Implementing Your Comprehensive Plan (Feb. 27-28): Two-day training that covers the local planning process. Registration is $50/day early bird, $60/day after February 15. Register Here

ARC Seeking Input Through Two Important Surveys

February 5, 2015

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is looking for your input on shaping the region’s future through two important surveys, online now:

Regional Strategic Plan for Aging Services – Survey

ARC invites you to help prioritize aging services in the Atlanta region for the next five years by taking an important survey at The agency is soliciting new solutions and better ways to maximize funding and the delivery of services, as the number of seniors in the region continues to grow in the face of stagnant or declining funding. To hear from residents, ARC held a series of Community Conversations around the region from September through January. The online survey is another way for ARC to hear from you. Results from the Community Conversations and the survey will be discussed at a Regional Summit on Aging at ARC on March 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The ideas and suggestions gathered from this process will be prioritized for inclusion in ARC’s Regional Strategic Plan for Aging Services. See for more information.

The Region’s Plan – Survey Phase II

In the summer of 2014, ARC conducted a survey asking how to prepare for the population growth expected by 2040. In Phase II, ARC is asking how the region should address a future of rapid change and innovation, focusing on new technologies that may impact where and how we travel and live over the next 25 years. Visit to view the results from Phase I and to complete Phase II. The input gathered will help ARC update The Region’s Plan, a long-range plan for transportation, land use, community development, water quality, workforce training, arts and culture, and aging and health. The current survey is the second in a series of three. The Region’s Plan is targeted for adoption in March 2016.

South Metro Development Outlook Set for February 18 in College Park

January 22, 2015

The 2015 South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) is set for Wednesday, February 18 from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

SMDO serves as a platform to convene professionals with an interest in fostering smart growth in the southern crescent, highlighting the City of Atlanta and Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton Counties. The event features industry experts and government officials providing invaluable information relevant to South Metro’s continued growth.

This year’s conference will feature topics including the new Clayton County/MARTA partnership, film industry growth, BeltLine West and South Metro economic forecasting, and more. It will culminate with a talk by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA) general manager Miguel Southwell, providing insight on new developments planned for H-JAIA, including the 24-hour “Airport City” and its economic impact.

For more information and to register, visit

2015 TIP/LCI Project Solicitation Now Open

January 22, 2015

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is currently accepting applications for federal funding to projects under the Surface Transportation Program – Urban (STP-Urban) and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for FY 2016-2019.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 6.

Focus areas are:

(1) new infrastructure projects that are consistent with the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI);

(2) existing federally funded TIP projects requiring additional federal funds;

(3) transportation planning or project feasibility studies; and

(4) new infrastructure projects or initiatives that support PLAN 2040 Objectives and the Decision-Making Framework.

All project proposals recommended for funding will be incorporated into a subsequent TIP amendment, to be adopted later in 2015.

Application instructions and materials are available at: Please note that this year there is not a separate application for projects in LCI areas. LCI-specific questions have been integrated into the “Infrastructure” application, which is to be completed for all new projects.

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, February 26, 1:00 p.m., Loudermilk Center Amphitheatre – Application Open House #1
  • Friday, March 20, 1:00 p.m., ARC Harry West Room – Application Open House #2
  • Monday, April 6, by 5:00 p.m. – Applications due

LCI “office hours” will be established for LCI sponsors to sign up, in 20-minute increments, to discuss their specific project application questions. Dates and hours are TBD. An online sign-up will be sent out to LCI sponsors soon.

Please direct questions about the application process to:

This Thursday, Jan. 22: Tucker-Northlake CID Master Plan Study – Kickoff Meeting

January 20, 2015

The Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District (CID) is excited to announce the kickoff of the Tucker-Northlake CID Master Plan Study.

The CID invites you to join the conversation from 6:00-8:00 p.m. this Thursday, January 22, to help the planning team develop a shared vision for the future of this dynamic area. The meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Northlake, located at 3400 Northlake Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30345.

For more information on the CID, this master planning effort, and the kickoff meeting, visit

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,

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