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Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 a.m.

Registration deadline: Thursday, November 4th.

State of the Region 2021

Your Choice: In-Person or Virtual

About this year's event

This year’s State of the Region event promises to be our most impactful yet. We’re bringing together key leaders and decision-makers from across metro Atlanta to take stock of our region as the pandemic eases and focus on building a better, brighter future for all residents as we emerge from such a difficult period.

What does the future of our communities and work look like? How should we change to ensure success in the decades to come? These are just a few of the big questions that our keynote speaker, Heather E. McGowan, will address. Her groundbreaking work has influenced leading thinkers and organizations across the globe. Our program will also feature the State of the Region address from ARC Executive Director Doug Hooker, our Regional Excellence and Leadership awards, and results from this year’s Metro Atlanta Speaks survey.

Event details

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 7:30 a.m.
Attend in-person at the Georgia World Conference Center, or
virtually through our event platform

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Program Highlights

7:30 a.m.
Check-in, Networking and Partner Expo Opens

8:30 a.m.
Program Begins

  • 2021 Metro Atlanta Speaks Results
  • “Leading with the Adaptation Advantage” Keynote Heather E. McGowan
  • Regional Excellence Awards
  • State of the Region Address Doug Hooker, Executive Director, ARC
  • Harry West Visionary Leadership Award
  • Unsung Heroes
10:00 a.m.
Program Concludes
10:30 a.m.
Partner Expo Closes

Keynote Speaker

Heather McGowan

Heather E. McGowan

Keynote Speaker
Futurist, Author, Belligerent Optimist (Bio)

Registration deadline: Thursday, November 4th. 

State of the Region health safety requirements

Know Before You Go Information

Because the safety of our attendees and staff is top of mind, ARC will be following current COVID safety protocols including the requirement of masks and proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test administered after November 13.

Our Sponsors

Annual Program Partners

ARC Visionry Partner: Georgia Power ARC Visionary Partner: Uber ARC Innovator Partner: Delta

Presenting Sponsors


Premier Sponsors

AARP Atlanta City of Brookhaven

Champion Sponsors

ATL Airport CID Coca-Cola Company Council for Quality Growth Cumberland CID WSP

Connecting Sponsors

AECOM Aerotropolis Atlanta Atkins Cox Decide DeKalb Emory University Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport HNTB State of the Region Breakfast Connecting Sponsor: King and Spalding Modern Mobility Partners North Fulton CID VHB

Supporting Sponsors

Arcadis Buckhead CID Conure Telecom Services Explore Brookhaven Metro Atlanta Chamber Stantec Wells Fargo