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Snellville Looks to the Future with Pop-Up Market
June 11, 2015
During a recent sunny and warm spring Saturday, a vacant piece of land across from the Snellville Police Department was transformed into a vibrant market place where residents and visitors sampled and purchased locally-made products, enjoyed live musical performances, witnessed live art demonstrations and dined on meals prepared by local chefs. 
Metro Atlanta City Leaders Learn from Toronto on LINK Trip
June 11, 2015
Metro Atlanta city officials were among more than 100 Atlanta business and civic leaders who traveled to Canada’s Greater Toronto region May 6-9 for ARC’s 19th annual LINK exchange.
Metro Atlanta Mayors Association Laud Princeton Prize in Race Relations Honorees
June 10, 2015
Lambert High School Senior Angelique Edwards was this year’s Princeton Prize in Race Relations award winner. Edwards and four other high school students were honored during the Atlanta region Princeton Prize in Race Relations Awards Ceremony held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. The Metro Atlanta Mayors Association helped to sponsor the awards ceremony and Union City Mayor Vince Williams delivered the invocation. 
Peachtree Corners and Dunwoody Engage Residents for Winters Chapel Corridor Study
March 10, 2015
Nearly 200 residents and business owners and operators from both the cities of Peachtree Corners and Dunwoody came to participate in an interactive workshop focused on ways to improve Winters Chapel Road, the heavily traveled corridor that winds its way through both cities. 
Stockbridge Partners with Community to Build New Monument Park
February 26, 2015
When the Eagle’s Landing Road Widening Project began, plans also were set in motion to create a beautiful park at the corner of Eagle’s Landing Parkway and Rock Quarry Road in the city of Stockbridge. 
City Leaders Shine in State of the Region Program
February 1, 2015
Metro Atlanta cities played a prominent role in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s annual state of the region breakfast. City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was the keynote speaker, sharing stories of innovation and inventiveness from around the region and offering his vision of how metro Atlanta can remain the dominant region in the Southeast for attracting young entrepreneurs and creative talent. He suggested leaders in the region focus on working collaboratively “on the 20 percent of things we agree about.”
Palmetto Mayor J. Clark Boddie Elected Chair of Metro Atlanta Mayors Association
January 30, 2015
The members of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association unanimously elected Palmetto Mayor J. Clark Boddie as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association during a meeting at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference on January 25. Boddie most recently served as vice chair of MAMA, a cooperative alliance of the mayors of 70 cities in the 10-county metro Atlanta region. Boddie succeeds Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson as chair. 
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.”
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.
 
 
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