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Atlanta Regional Commission Appoints Tuley to Manage CATLYST Economic Development Strategy

Atlanta — Mar 28, 2019

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recently named Jon Tuley to serve as Managing Director of the CATLYST Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy.

Jon Tuley
Managing Director of the CATLYST Program, Jon Tuley

In this role, Tuley leads a team of planning professionals and community partners that are implementing CATLYST, an effort to improve regional competitiveness and collaboration in the 10-county Atlanta region.

Tuley, a senior principal planner in ARC’s Community Development Group, also oversees the Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) program and serves as project manager for the agency’s Community Development Assistance Program and Livable Centers Initiative. He also recently led the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance before that organization hired a full-time executive director.

“Jon has the experience and track record of success needed to move the CATLYST program forward,” said Mike Alexander, director of ARC’s Center for Livable Communities. “Under his guidance, CATLYST will continue to promote regional economic collaboration and work to ensure that every resident in the region is healthy and housed, prepared and productive, engaged and employed, and connected and resilient.”

CATLYST launched in 2017 with the goal of empowering upward economic mobility for all by ensuring that metro Atlanta has good jobs, a well-trained workforce, and the regional collaboration needed to invigorate economic growth. CATLYST has developed the following work programs:

  • Ramping up efforts of the regional Marketing Alliance, which convenes the region’s economic development organizations to promote metro Atlanta as a top destination for businesses looking to move or expand.
  • Analyzing the root causes of disconnected and displaced workers to determine barriers to employment and identify approaches that might ease pathways to good jobs.
  • Identifying effective affordable housing strategies to support work being done across the Atlanta region to increase the availability of quality, affordable housing.
  • Studying the causes of poverty in metro Atlanta by analyzing data and reviewing relevant research.

Tuley has worked in urban planning and community development for 15 years, 13 of those at ARC. He earned a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and holds undergraduate degrees in marketing and management from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

About the Atlanta Regional Commission

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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