Summit 2018

The Future of Mobility and Communities

The inaugural ConnectATL Summit last September was a resounding success thanks to the rich dialogue created by the speakers and attendees!

Throughout 2017 - 2018, regional partners have been hard at work planning for and implementing solutions to prepare for the future of mobility and the future of our communities.

Join more than 300 local government officials, transportation experts and industry leaders for the 2nd annual ConnectATL Summit to learn about the rapid advancements in transportation technology and their impacts on the communities of the Atlanta region.

This year, the Atlanta Regional Commission, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, is expanding the focus to consider how “the internet of things” interacts with smart communities of today and tomorrow. Together, we will explore best practices for collaborating to create a stronger, better-connected, and more prosperous region.


Sept 7, 2018

7:30-8:25 a.m.
Registration Open

8:30-8:55 a.m.
Welcome Address
Presenters: Doug Hooker & Mike Alexander

9:00-9:40 a.m.
Ashley Hand, Co-Founder, CityFi

10:00-10:10 a.m.
Networking break + Exhibit Visit

10:15-11:20 a.m.
Visionary Panel

11:30-12:55 p.m.

1:00-2:30 p.m.
Breakouts Round 1

2:35-2:55 p.m.
Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition Visit

3:00-4:30 p.m.
Breakouts Rounds 2 + Workshop Option

4:35-5:30 p.m.
Wrap-up and Cocktail Hour

ConnectATL 2018 Sponsor Packet

ConnectATL 2018 Sponsorship Packet



ARC is proud to support the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge (GA Smart). This is a first of its kind! The challenge is modeled after USDOT’s Smart Cities Challenge but specifically for the State of Georgia. The inaugural year of the GA Smart will focus on two areas of importance to ARC: 1. Smart Mobility and 2. Smart Resilience.

Smart Mobility

Projects seek to improve how people and goods move, and how mobility infrastructure and services are operated, maintained, and (re) developed. Projects may address:

  • Vehicle monitoring and control systems
  • First/last-mile connectivity for transit
  • Fleet electrification

Smart Resilience

Smart Resilience projects seek to improve how communities function by addressing technologies that lead to the long-term viability and sustainability of vibrant, inclusive, and prosperous communities. Projects may address:

  • Data collection, sharing, and analysis
  • Smart resource management (energy, utilities, storm/waste water, food)
  • Public safety, emergency/disaster response
  • Infrastructure development
  • Technology-workforce developmen


  • February 19, 2018: Official program launch
  • March 15, 2018 (12pm-1pm): Webinar
  • April 9, 2018 (7:30am - 4pm): Workshop and Expo, GTRI Conference Center, 250 14th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.
  • April 11, 2018 (12pm-1pm): Webinar (Same content as March 15th)
  • April 20, 2018 (10am - 2pm): Office hours, Georgia Chamber, 1001 Love Ave, Tifton, GA 31794.
  • May 1, 2018 (5pm): Proposals due
  • Late May 2018: Winners announced
  • August 2018: Projects begin
  • July 2019: Projects conclude

Workshops and Webinars

More workshops and webinars can be found on the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge website.


Submit your application today!

Research Partners

Georgia Smart projects must include a research component as part of the community’s project plan. This research component should be designed in conjunction with a Georgia Tech researcher who will lead the research effort and who may also be used for general assistance during the proposal and project execution phases. The research component is open-ended, but it must be technology-focused and it must directly advance the community’s project goals, or otherwise generally align with the community’s overall needs, goals, and vision.

Challenge Partners

Program partners

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.



May 4, 2018

Everything connected to everything

1:00 - 2:30
A discussion with Applied Information on the application of the Internet of Things and Connected Vehicles.


Feb 23, 2018


Presentation and Discussion with Mobility Insight

Presentation and Discussion with MobilEye