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Former Doraville GM Plant Sold
October 8, 2014
The city of Doraville is celebrating the sale of the former GM property to Integral Group. The sale became official in late September.
Gwinnett Cities Upgrading Their Downtowns
October 3, 2014
Several Gwinnett County cities are in the midst of major downtown development projects.
Douglasville Officials Help Break Ground On State Route 92 Relocation Project
October 3, 2014
In August, the city of Douglasville hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony for the long anticipated start of construction on the State Route (SR) 92 Relocation Project.
ARC Seeks Input on Plan for Atlanta Region’s Future
July 28, 2014
During the District 3 Caucus meeting at the GMA Annual Convention in June, Atlanta Regional Commission Executive Director Doug Hooker said the agency is working on plan to help secure a better future for the Atlanta metropolitan region.
Clarkston City Hall Annex Receives Historic Preservation Award
July 28, 2014
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recently honored the city of Clarkston’s City Hall Annex with a 2014 Excellence in Rehabilitation award.
Gov. Deal Appoints Union City Mayor to County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council
June 9, 2014
Union City Mayor Vince Williams was appointed to the County and Munici­pal Probation Advisory Council on March 28. Williams was officially sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal on May 7.
Survey Reveals Residents Believe in Redevelopment
November 26, 2013
More than 75 percent of metro Atlanta residents believe redeveloping older areas is the best way for metro Atlanta to accommodate growth.
ARC, Lithonia Collaboration Earns Statewide Honor
November 25, 2013
The city of Lithonia and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recently received an award from the Georgia Planning Association (GPA) for a housing inventory conducted this year through the ARC’s Community Choices program. The award, for an Outstanding Initiative in a Small Community, was presented at GPA’s fall conference.
Legislators to Mayors: Give Us a Transportation Solution
November 22, 2013
The Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA) held its Fall Luncheon at the Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta on Nov. 21.
Atlanta Region’s ‘Excellent’ Developments Found In Cities
November 22, 2013
All four of the projects and the one place the Atlanta Regional Commission honored this year at its annual State of the Region Breakfast are found in cities.
Study Reveals Walkable Communities Connected to Economic Success
November 1, 2013
The rising popularity of walkable communities in the Atlanta region is explored in a new study of Walk­able Urban Places (WalkUPs) written by Christopher Leinberger.
Decatur Signs Promote Walking
October 8, 2013
As part of its active living initiatives, Decatur has installed signs in strategic areas around the city to help promote walking and take cars off the road. The signs tell how long it will take to walk to activity centers in the city.
Orr Discusses Atlanta Region’s Transportation Outlook
September 27, 2013
John Orr, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s new Transportation Access and Mobility Division manager, said metro Atlanta residents can expect to see more managed toll lane projects in the near future. 
Gwinnett Cities Sign SPLOST Agreement With County
August 15, 2013
Gwinnett City leaders signed a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax agreement with Gwinnett County leaders during a Gwinnett Municipal Association meeting on Aug. 14 at Sugar Hill's new city hall.
Dunwoody Celebrates Grand Opening of Brook Run Multi-Use Trail Phase 1
August 12, 2013
The city of Dunwoody celebrated the grand opening of Phase I of the Brook Run Park multi-use trail on Aug. 3 with a “Wheel-a-Palooza and Pedal Parade.”
Stockbridge Set to Emerge as National Data Hub
August 12, 2013
The city of Stockbridge recently celebrated World Internet Group's plans to relocate its headquarters to the city as part of a public-private partnership.
Making the Case for Creative Placemaking in Georgia
August 8, 2013
Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris recently noted the Gwinnett County city’s successful efforts in creative placemaking as part of the Civic League for Regional Atlanta’s forum: “Creative Placemaking: Investing in Art, Community, Vibrancy and Innovation.”
City Officials Discuss Transportation Solutions
July 2, 2013
What projects can improve traffic congestion in metro Atlanta? City officials offered their suggestions to that question during a June 24 luncheon for metropolitan Atlanta officials during the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual convention in Savannah last month.
Family Circle Names Suwanee One of 10 Best Towns for Families
June 28, 2013
Suwanee has been identified as one of the nation’s 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle magazine.
Signals on Ga. 141 at Medlock Crossing Pkwy. in Johns Creek to help clarify directions
June 28, 2013
In an effort to reduce traffic accidents at Medlock Bridge Road (Ga. 141) and Medlock Crossing Parkway, Johns Creek Public Works crews recently installed new traffic signals on all left turn lanes at the busy intersection.
Downtown Douglasville New Hot Spot
June 5, 2013

Google and Douglasville officials held a “cord-cutting” ceremony on Thursday May 30.

Atlanta Recognized in Nationwide Small Business Study
NerdWallet
May 3, 2013
NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy and financial literacy website, has ranked Atlanta, Georgia as the best city to start a business in after assessing the city’s cost of living, local economy, small business lending history and work force.
Conyers Housing Authority Awarded GMA Safety And Liability Management Grant
April 25, 2013
The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is proud to announce the Conyers Housing Authority received a Safety Grant check in the amount of $6,000. The city used the funds to purchase Vehicle Light and Safety equipment.

Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson Joins ARC Board
April 24, 2013
Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson was recently selected to represent DeKalb County cities on the Atlanta Regional Commission board of directors. He serves on the ARC’s Transportation & Air Quality Committee, which sets regional policy around transportation and builds consensus among ARC, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).
Officials Examine Ways Atlanta Region Can Leverage Airport
April 24, 2013

How can the Atlanta region leverage the Atlanta airport to create more jobs and fuel economic growth?

Avondale Estates Conducts Walkability Audit
April 1, 2013

The city of Avondale Estates recently completed a day-long walkability workshop and audit of its commercial business district with the help of national expert, Dan Burden, executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.

Obama Visits Decatur
February 15, 2013
President Obama visited the city of Decatur on Feb. 14 to tout the importance of early childhood education. He said Decatur City Schools provide a successful example of an early childhood education program.
Metro Atlanta Cities Receive Grants to Improve Connectivity
February 13, 2013
The cities of Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Lithonia and Norcross received a portion of $638,000 in grant funding as part of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s latest round of Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grants to nine metro Atlanta communities.
 
 
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