Atlanta — Feb 01, 2022
The Atlanta Regional Commission is now accepting applications for the 2022 Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) to be held Sept. 18 – 23 in Savannah.
RLI brings together a diverse group of established and emerging regional leaders to assess the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing metro Atlanta, such as housing, the economy, transportation and water resources.
The application period closes on Mar. 15.
The week-long program invites participation from the 11-county metro area and features subject-matter experts, panel discussions and interactive sessions focused on critical issues like housing affordability, education and economic competitiveness. These issues require skilled leadership, and RLI is designed to convene metro Atlanta’s leaders to build an intersectional and regional approach to solving them.
RLI also exposes participants to network of peers and experts from around the region. Since 1991, RLI has engaged 50 leaders annually from a variety of sectors and throughout the metro Atlanta region — building an alumni network of more than 1,500.
“The Regional Leadership Institute was a necessary and transformative experience for my leadership development and impact in the region. This experience offers the network to connect and learn from some of the region’s most impactful leaders,” said Eshé P. Collins, Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education.
RLI’s alumni network is critical to the success of the Atlanta region’s development. These leaders work together to help local governments, businesses and nonprofits collaborate around important issues that cross sectors and political boundaries.
“RLI fosters critical connection among diverse leaders in our region. Leaders build greater awareness of regional challenges and are introduced to cross-disciplinary approaches for evaluating and tackling the issues that face metro Atlanta,” Folashade Alao, PhD, RLI Program Manager said. “The relationships that are fostered through RLI and the RLI alumni network spark invaluable collaborative efforts.”
The 2021 RLI class focused on topics such as housing affordability, transit and transportation planning and recovery, public health, and investments in the region’s future.
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 11-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 74 other cities. The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.
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