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ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative Program Receives AIA-Atlanta’s John Portman Visionary Award

Atlanta — Dec 04, 2019

The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) has received the 2019 John Portman Visionary Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Atlanta chapter. This honor recognizes an individual, organization, program, or group that demonstrates noteworthy achievements that express a vision and excellence of design in buildings, communities, landscapes, structures, art and sculpture.

ARC awards LCI study grants each year to help metro Atlanta communities develop plans and policies that create more vibrant, walkable, and connected places. Once these studies are completed, communities become eligible to receive federal transportation funding to bring their visions to life.

Since 2000, the LCI program has invested $231 million in 120 communities throughout the Atlanta region, helping pay for planning studies and the construction of transportation projects, such as sidewalks and intersection improvements. The ARC board has allocated $314 million over the next 15 years for transportation projects resulting from completed LCI studies.

The John Portman Visionary Award is named after renowned architect and developer John Portman, whose vision, initiative and design legacy made a profound influence on buildings, companies and cities, nationally and globally, but especially on the city of Atlanta and the professional practice of architecture for more than 50 years.

“We are honored to receive the John Portman Visionary Award, which recognizes LCI’s contributions to creating dynamic, walkable centers around the region,” said Sam Shenbaga, manager of ARC’s Community Development Group. “In the spirit of Mr. Portman’s vision, the LCI program makes a lasting impact on our communities as they become vibrant places where we live, work, and play.”

To learn more about the LCI program and the impact it has had on the Atlanta region, visit


The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 73 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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