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Collaboration the Focus as Regional Leadership Institute Gets Underway

ARC’s Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) kicked off its 28th class on Sunday, October 1, as 47 local leaders descended on Savannah to learn about leadership and how to collaborate around regional issues and opportunities.

RLI strives to create a network of passionate, engaged professionals who are ready and able to collaborate around regional challenges facing metro Atlanta. The program accomplishes this goal by bringing together leaders from the government, business and nonprofit sectors to learn how they fit into the bigger regional picture, and how their local leadership can make an impact on a regional scale.

James Touchton of the Council for Quality Growth talks with Nathaniel Smith of the Partnership for Southern Equity during the 2016 RLI class.

Graduates leave the program with the confidence that they can collectively tackle regional issues and take advantage of opportunities themselves when presented with them.

“RLI provides the Atlanta region with a priceless resource – leaders who understand that many of our challenges and opportunities, like roads and water, don’t recognize political boundaries” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “I participated in RLI long before I came to work at ARC, and I found it invaluable for my career. And even today, I call on my RLI classmates in good times and bad. We collaborate on issues of infrastructure, community, and the economy.”

The 2017 class will hear from several expert panels on a range of important topics, including:

  • Leadership
  • The region’s aging population
  • Mobility
  • Natural resources
  • Community planning
  • Education

Many of the panelists, including state legislators, and CEOs, are themselves RLI alums.

“One of the great things about RLI is that former graduates are always eager to come back and share with the next class,” said Hooker. “I’m really looking forward to this year because we have some all-star panelists who will help broaden the participants’ horizons, and we have a class that promises to be reinvigorating for long-time alums like me.”

Follow ARC on Twitter @atlantaregional, and the hashtag #RLI17 to keep up with this year’s RLI class.