ARC Civic Dinners

Welcome to Conversations that Matter

At ARC Civic Dinners, metro Atlanta residents sit down together and break bread while having focused, meaningful conversations about issues that matter.

Civic Dinners are meant to be fun, and they’re designed to break down barriers.

They’re also critically important. Your input will help ARC and our regional partners as we plan for the future, including...

  • informing our CATLYST team as it works to foster economic competitiveness in the region,
  • informing the work of Aging & Independence Services as we transform people's understanding of what it means to grow older
  • helping us as we begin our work of updating The Atlanta Region's Plan, our blueprint for the future of metro Atlanta

How a Civic Dinner works

One person chooses to host a meal with a diverse group of five to 10 people — friends from work, church, the neighborhood, or folks you just want to get to know better. Hosts invite guests to sign up online.

The host chooses one of ARC's Civic Dinner topics to explore — and the list of topics is growing, so stay tuned.

Browse open dinners and sign up to attend today.

Education and Work: Exploring how everyone in the Atlanta region deserves the opportunity to advance in a productive career, and the role lifelong learning can play in making this reality.

Affordable Housing: Affordable housing creates a solid foundation for people’s lives, allowing them to build community connections, pursue training in education, seek well-paying jobs, and develop healthy lifestyles. It also ensures metro Atlanta remains successful and competitive in the decades to come.

Reimagine Aging: By 2030, one in four residents in metro Atlanta will be over the age of 60. People who age in their communities and have adequate access to services generally have better health and quality of life.

Mobility: The Atlanta region will add 2.5 million people by 2040. How we get around — by car, train, bus, bike or our own two feet— will impact our collective quality of life. It's time to come together and have a real conversation about the future of mobility in the Atlanta region.

Livability: Metro Atlanta’s rapidly growing population is seeking vibrant, walkable communities, greater access to green space, and improved housing options. Join us at the table for a conversation on how we create a better quality of life for all.

Prosperity: As the world changes, the Atlanta region must invest in its people to develop a highly educated workforce to meet the needs of 21st century employers. Join us at the table for a conversation about economic prosperity and inclusion for all.

Host Guides Make It Easy

We provide a kit with detailed instructions for guiding each conversation straight to your inbox. If you want to explore before committing to hosting, we have a digital toolkit available where you can download the host guide ahead of time and access materials to post on your social media! Everyone pays for their own meal or brings a dish if it is potluck, so there is no cost burden on the host.

You can host a civic dinner at your local taco joint, throw some burgers on the grill, order pizzas, or serve up a gourmet feast. It’s your dinner, your choice.

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