ConnectATL – Summit 2017

A Look Back at the ConnectATL Summit 2017

In 2017, Metro Atlanta was taking active steps to plan for the rapid advancements in transportation technology, such as autonomous vehicles and growing digital connectivity, which promise to transform our region. The Atlanta Regional Commission brought city and county government leaders and transportation officials from across the region together for a one-day summit on the future of mobility. We’re called it ConnectATL. The summit provided a framework for how community leaders, civic leaders and business leaders can work together to create a stronger, better connected, and more prosperous Atlanta region. This event serves as a signal to the world that metro Atlanta is a leader in planning for the future of mobility and smart cities and regions.

Missed the Summit? Take a look and listen at some of the sessions


Mayor Ginther Part 1

Mayor Ginther Video in between part 1 and part 2</4>

Mayor Ginther Part 2

Mayor Gitner Poweroint 

Visionary Panel

Panel Moderator

Wendy Wise – Technical Director of Emerging Technologies - CNN at Turner Broadcasting System (TBS)


  • Faye DeMassimo - City of Atlanta
  • Joe George – Senior Vice President, Manheim Vehicle Advantage, Cox Automotive
  • John Hibbard – Operations Division Director, Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Paul Brubaker – President & CEO Alliance for Transportation Innovation
  • Tom Pavlak – Founding Partner, Autonomous Vehicle Alliance / POCO Labs

Competitive Economy Sessions

Transportation Tech Economy and What it Means to Local Government

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Panel Moderator

Pam Neuman – Senior Sales Executive – ABB’s Enterprise Software Product Group


  • Kirk Talbott – Executive Director – Smart City ATL
  • Tom Cunningham – Chief Economist – Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Nick Wayne – Director, Business Development – Airbus Aerial
  • Nick Juliano – Public Affairs Manager, Southeast, Uber

Mobility Workforce of the Future

Panel Moderator

Jennifer Clark – Director of the Center for Urban Innovation, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology


  • Joey Womack – Founder – Amplify 4 Good and Goodie Nation
  • Mike Carnathan – Research and Analytics Manager – Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Noelle London – Manager of Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Invest Atlanta
  • Glenn Carver – Vice President of Sales at Green4U Technologies and Board Member of TAG Transportation Technology

World Class Infrastructure

Investing in Smart Infrastructure

Panel Moderator

Denise Quarles – Chief City Executive - Siemens


  • Chris Armstrong – CityNOW Director of Smart Mobility - Panasonic
  • Andrew Heath State Traffic Engineer Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Brandon Beach – Georgia State Senator – District 21

What Do the Automotive and Tech Achievements Look Like in Atlanta?

Panel Moderator

Jim Hanson – Director, Intelligent Mobility – Atkins


  • Josh McClung - Director of New Ventures – Cox Automotive
  • Annie Eaton – Co-founder & CEO, Futurus
  • Jignesh Patel – Founder, Lumenor Consulting Group and CIO,
  • Georgia State Road & Tollway Authority
  • Mike Critelli – CEO, CloudParc

Healthy Livable Communities

Can Smart Cities Create Equitable Communities?

Panel Moderator

Judy Adler – President – Turner Foundation


  • Debra Lam – Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Mary Blumberg – Manager of Strategic Planning and Development in Aging and Independent Services – Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Aurash Khawarzad – Director of Policy and Strategy – Center for Social Inclusion

Impact of Transportation on the Physical Form of Our Communities

Panel Moderator

Ryan Gravel – Founder Sixpitch


  • Craig Lewis – Principal – Stantec Urban Places
  • Amanda Rhein – Senior Director of Transit Oriented
  • Development and Real Estate – Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
  • Ellen Dunham-Jones – Director, MS Urban Design Professor of Architecture – Georgia Institute of Technology