2013 State of the Region Update

State of the Region Update Masthead

ARC Celebrates Region’s Great Places, Releases Results of Historic Poll

Pointing to his recently published findings, keynote speaker Chris Leinberger said the Atlanta region is a national leader in developing Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs), key components in the region’s future economic success. Leinberger spoke to more than 1,000 regional leaders on November 1, 2013, at the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) 15th annual State of the Region Breakfast at the Georgia World Congress Center. These WalkUPs - whether inside I-285 like Midtown Atlanta and downtown Decatur, or outside, like downtown Marietta and downtown Hapeville – allow people to live near jobs, shopping and services. WalkUPs also allow the region to grow its population in places where critical infrastructure like roads and sewer already exist, a less expensive development pattern than greenfield patterns that require new infrastructure.

Prior to Leinberger’s speech, ARC Chairman Tad Leithead presented his annual State of the Region Address in which he unveiled the findings of a new public opinion survey called Metro Atlanta Speaks. The survey is the largest of its kind in metro Atlanta history and provides ARC with the perspective of regional residents on quality of life issues like education, transportation, housing, the economy and more. Leithead also presented an ARC report on the implementation of PLAN 2040, the agency’s long-range plan for the region. PLAN 2040 is a partnership between ARC and its 10 county and 70 city governments. 

ARC also presented Developments of Excellence awards to four deserving projects, and blues legend Francine Reed opened the breakfast with a stirring medley of “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “America the Beautiful.”

Videos from the State of the Region Breakfast

Christopher Leinberger, Making Great Places

 

ARC Chairman Tad Leithead, 2013 State of the Region Address

 

Metro Atlanta Speaks

 

ARC 2013 State of the Region Breakfast "Great Places" Closing Video

 

ARC 2013 Developments of Excellence Awards - Woodstock West

 

ARC 2013 Developments of Excellence Awards - Piedmont Park

 

ARC 2013 Developments of Excellence Awards - Oliver House at Allen Wilson

 

ARC 2013 Developments of Excellence Awards - Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail

 

2013 State of the Region Breakfast Sponsors

2013 ARC State of the Region Breakfast sponsors

© 2014 Atlanta Regional Commission   |   40 Courtland Street NE - Atlanta, GA 30303   |   404.463.3100   |   www.atlantaregional.com