Regional planning has helped metro Atlanta become one of the nation’s largest, most dynamic regions – and a major player on the global stage.
The Atlanta Region’s Plan
ARC is responsible for developing and updating the Atlanta Region’s Plan, a long-range blueprint that details the investments needed to ensure metro Atlanta’s future success and improve the region’s quality of life.
ARC supports healthy living and healthy aging throughout metro Atlanta by offering a range of services designed to ensure a high quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.
For older adults and people with disabilities, ARC provides access to essential services such as transportation and in-home personal care. ARC’s Empowerline enables persons to connect online or by phone to obtain assistance in navigating aging and disability- related information and services, as well as opportunities to volunteer and remain active.
Workforce Solutions for Job-Seekers and Employers
ARC’s WorkSource Atlanta Regional offers services for businesses seeking a skilled workforce, including training and skills development for new and existing employees, assistance with employee recruitment, and data tools that provide insight into labor market trends. WorkSource Atlanta Regional also provides services for job seekers, including education and skills development.
The Center for Livable Communities is responsible for a range of planning and programmatic initiatives in the areas of transportation and mobility, community development, water resources, and leadership development.
Key activities include the development and maintenance of the Atlanta Region’s Plan, the region’s comprehensive long-range blueprint, and development of the Regional Transportation Plan and regional Water Resources Management Plan. The center assists local governments in the development of regional plans and programs and reviews local comprehensive plans and Developments of Regional Impact (DRI). The center also produces data to inform ARC’s planning activities.
The Center for Livable Communities includes the following ARC programs and services:
Community Development/Metro ATL Housing Strategy/Economic Competitiveness Strategy
The Center for Strategic Relations oversees ARC’s efforts to build stronger networks for regional action and progress through communications and marketing, government affairs and community engagement. The center is responsible for supporting the goals and objectives of ARC and fostering greater public awareness of the agency’s programs and purposes.
The Center for Strategic Relations includes the following ARC programs and services:
Community & Corporate Engagement/Annual Partners Program
The Center for Community Services provides services and supports to residents, local governments and community groups across the Atlanta region. The center’s Aging & Independence Group provides a range of services for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families. The Workforce Solutions Group offers services to help job-seekers find training and employment, and to help employers find skilled workers. The Homeland Security & Recovery Group provides training and coordination to local governments and first responders.
The Center for Community Services includes the following ARC programs and services:
Center for Strategic Operations and Administration
The Center for Strategic Operations and Administration, formerly Center for Business Services, focuses on operational effectiveness and efficiency and helps set the operational strategic direction of the agency. This includes managing external/ internal service partnerships, fostering a collaborative culture, ensuring a safe and productive work environment, and maintaining policy compliance to meet federal, state and local requirements.
The Center for Strategic Operations and Administration includes the following ARC services:
ARC is designated as a Metropolitan Area Planning and Development Commission as well as a Regional Commission under the laws of the state of Georgia. As such, ARC operates under rules promulgated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
ARC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and is responsible for developing a multi-modal, financially constrained transportation plan that meets all federal transportation and Clean Air Act planning requirements.
ARC serves as the federally designated Area Agency on Aging for the Atlanta region, providing services and policy guidance to improve the quality of life of older adults.
ARC serves as the local administrative agency for the Atlanta Urban Area Security Initaitive (UASI), which prepares and coordinates the region’s response and recovery to homeland security issues.
ARC Member Jurisdictions
Metropolitan Planning Organization
Area Agency on Aging
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Urban Area Security Initiative Atlanta region
WorkSource Atlanta Regional
ARC Strategic Framework
The Atlanta Regional Commission advances the national and international standing of the region by leveraging the uniqueness of its evolving communities, anticipating and responding to current realities and driving a data-driven planning process that provides a high quality of life, balancing social, economic and environmental needs of all our communities.
The Atlanta Regional Commission employs shared foresight, expert staff, the ability to convene diverse communities and its reputation as a regional and national leader in order to support local governments, enhancing the lives of all our citizens by providing world-class infrastructure, building a competitive economy and shaping a regional ecosystem comprised of healthy and livable communities.
We exhibit, build and foster regional leadership to address and act on critical challenges and opportunities.
We anticipate challenges and develop creative, holistic solutions based on professional knowledge and shared foresight, community engagement and collaboration with our partners.
We are accountable to our stakeholders, try to exceed their expectations and exhibit the highest standard of ethical conduct.
The Atlanta region is changing fast. Our population continues to grow and become even more diverse. Technological innovations such as autonomous vehicles, the rise of “big data” and the Internet of Things promise to fundamentally reshape our region. ARC must work in close collaboration with our community partners in order to bring about real change and ensure that our region remains competitive with our peers across the country.
Given the pace of change and the complexity of our challenges, ARC must approach its work differently. The agency has developed an “Evolution Strategy” that includes five guiding principles designed to define our work moving forward.
Our approach to problem solving must be interdisciplinary.
We need to take a holistic approach to solving challenges or leveraging opportunities.
Our solutions are grounded, and actionable.
When we begin our work, we should start with a desired outcome in mind – we are outcome-based.
When problem-solving, planning or executing solutions, our efforts should always benefit not only the region, but our partners – in all things we should ensure our colleagues success.
Funding for ARC’s plans and programs comes from a variety of sources, including grants from federal and state agencies and from private sources. Constituent local governments contribute funds annually for ARC operations, as stipulated by Georgia law. These funds are used to match federal and state dollars.
ARC’s Strategic Partners are committed to fostering collaborative regional approaches that improve quality of life in metro Atlanta. Their support elevates ARC leadership programs, research and events throughout the year. Learn more