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Atlanta Regional Commission Honors Gov. Nathan Deal with 2018 Harry West Visionary Leadership Award

Atlanta — Nov 02, 2018

Governor Deal receives the Harry West Award at ARC's 2018 State of the Region Breakfast

The Atlanta Regional Commission today presented Gov. Nathan Deal with the 2018 Harry West Visionary Leadership award during the agency’s State of the Region Breakfast. It’s the first time the regional planning agency has presented the award to a sitting governor.

ARC honored Gov. Deal for his dedication to improving quality of life in metro Atlanta and across the state, and for his determination to make significant progress on key issues such as regional transit, criminal justice reform, and transportation funding.

Gov. Deal also helped steer the state out of the Great Recession and toward a period of sustained prosperity. During his tenure, Georgia added more than 685,000 private sector jobs, and unemployment fell dramatically.

“Throughout his time in office, the Governor exemplified bold leadership in an era when that often comes at great personal cost,” said Kerry Armstrong, ARC Board Chair. “He has challenged both friend and foe to stay focused on the long-term health of the state’s economy and its people.”

Each year, ARC presents the Harry West Award to honor the legacy of Harry West, ARC’s longest-serving executive director. West exemplified courageous and visionary leadership throughout his career in the public, private, and university sectors.

Previous winners:

2017:               Alicia Philipp
2016:               Craig Lesser
2015:               Bill Bolling
2014:               Ann Cramer


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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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.

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