Summit 2018

The Future of Mobility and Communities

Early Bird Pricing is Still Available

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

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Registration & Exhibit Visit

8:30-8:55 a.m.
Doug Hooker
Executive Director, ARC

Commissioner Russell McMurry, P.E.
Georgia Department of Transportation

9:00-9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Smart Communities

Ashley Hand
Co-Founder, CityFi

9:45-10:00 a.m.
Networking break + Exhibit Visit

10:00-11:30 a.m.
Visionary Panel
Doug Hooker
Executive Director, ARC
Commissioner Russell McMurry, P.E.
Georgia Department of Transportation
Debra Lam
Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
Georgia Institute of Technology
Paul Brubaker
CEO, The Alliance for Transportation Innovation, Inc.
Jeffrey Parker
General Manager, MARTA

Michael Britt
Vice President, Energy Innovation Center
Southern Company

11:35-12:55 p.m.

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

Competitive Economy Track: Cybersecurity best practices

World Class Infrastructure Track: Managing the curb

Healthy Livable Communities Track: Building today while designing for tomorrow

Workshop: Today's Shared Use Mobility

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

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

Competitive Economy Track: Shared economy, new tech, and its impact on communities

World Class Infrastructure Track: AV/CV/EV - Who's doing what and what can we expect?

Healthy Livable Communities Track: Interacting with the public - new best practices, opportunities, and challenges using high tech

Workshop: The Future of Shared Use Mobility

4:35-5:00 p.m.

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 focused 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

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.