Community Engagement

Engaging the Public to Help Address Key Regional Issues

Metro Atlanta is a dynamic, fast-growing place, with an increasingly diverse population that holds a wide range of viewpoints and perspectives about the region. 

It’s critically important that the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) receives robust public input to ensure that the agency’s long-range plans reflect the region’s needs and desires. ARC also strives to provide resources to help community members understand key issues and challenges facing the Atlanta region. 

There are many ways to engage with ARC and have your voice heard. It’s critical that ARC engages with a diverse group of residents and stakeholders. 

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ARC’s Community Engagement Efforts

Metro Atlanta Speaks 

Each year, ARC and its community partners conduct the Metro Atlanta Speaks public opinion survey to take the pulse of metro Atlanta residents and help guide the region’s planning and decision-making. 

Community Engagement Network

Every other week, ARC sends the Community Engagement Network e-newsletter to inform subscribers about upcoming public engagement meetings and events throughout the region. The newsletter also includes resources and tips useful for public engagement strategies, with a focus on transportation information.

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Transportation Equity Advisory Group

ARC places an emphasis on regional equity and inclusion to ensure that both policy and public engagement opportunities are inclusive of a broad range of people and perspectives, with a particular emphasis on disadvantaged and underrepresented populations.  

ARC’s UPDATED Regional Transportation Community Engagement Plan 

To guide ARC’s regional transportation planning public participation process, ARC maintains a Regional Community Engagement Plan. This plan serves as 1) a regional planning community engagement guide for the public; 2) as the official participation policy for transportation planning for ARC; and 3) as an ARC response to the U.S. Department of Transportation directive to develop a participation plan for the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

This plan has been revamped into a series of user-friendly, graphical modules, customized for various audiences. It is hoped that this plan, updated into this series of guidebooks will serve as a useful tool for advocates, neighborhood groups and the general public, as well as, elected officials, and transportation planning staff.

The Regional Transportation Community Engagement Plan for the Atlanta Metropolitan Region consists of the following modules:

Community Engagement Resources

CEN Newsletter Event Submission

Information provided on this form will be included in the events section of ARC's Community Engagement Network (CEN) newsletter. Please provide details about your community engagement event below. The CEN Newsletter is a biweekly publication. If your event takes place before the next newsletter is published, it will not be included in the newsletter. To ensure that your event is submitted on time, please submit this form at least 14 days in advance of the event date.
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ARC is committed to enforcing the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and taking positive and realistic affirmative steps to ensure the protection of rights and opportunities for all persons affected by its programs, services, and activities.

NOTICE: Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a public health emergency declaration and a statewide shelter-in-place order for older adults and medically fragile residents through June 12.

The Atlanta Regional Commission office at 229 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, is closed to the public until further notice. All employees are working remotely and conducting business operations. ARC employees can be contacted directly during normal business hours. However, if you need immediate assistance call 404-463-3100.

If you are seeking resources for older persons and individuals with disabilities, contact us at404-463-3333 or visit

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