What We Do

The Atlanta Regional Commission fosters thriving communities for all within the Atlanta region through collaborative, data-informed planning and investments.

ARC is the regional planning and inter-governmental coordination agency for the 11-county Atlanta region. ARC helps the region’s leadership focus attention, collaboration, and resources on critical issues affecting our collective future. We’re here to make the region work for everyone – regardless of age, ethnicity, income, education, background, or ability.

Aging Services and Resources
ARC’s Aging and Independence Services (A&IS) Department seeks to improve the lives of older persons and people with disabilities. As the federally designated Area Agency on Aging, ARC is responsible for developing long-range plans to accommodate the region’s rapidly growing…
Climate Change and Resilience
ARC’s Climate Change & Resilience program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in metro Atlanta, support the transition to a lower-carbon economy, and help the region become more resilient to climate change and current and future extreme weather conditions. This…
Community Development
The Atlanta Regional Commission has developed a range of programs and initiatives designed to make the Atlanta region an even better place to live, work and play – for people of all ages and abilities. These efforts will help the…
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
ARC manages the Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), part of the federal Department of Homeland Security. UASI is designed to provide enhanced federal preparedness funding for high-threat, high-density urban areas identified as vital to the nation’s economy and national…
Housing
The Atlanta Regional Commission assists local governments, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders to better understand the region’s housing challenges and explore potential solutions through leadership programs, data resources, planning and technical assistance.
Leadership Development
What makes the difference between a good community and a great community? Often, the answer is leadership. Informed and committed leaders serve as catalysts to transform challenges into opportunities, providing the vision and action needed to help move the Atlanta…
Mobility Services
Mobility and air quality are critical factors for the Atlanta region’s economy and quality of life. The challenge of expanding transportation options while driving down pollution is greater than ever, as metro Atlanta’s population is forecast to reach 7.9 million…
Natural Resources
As the Atlanta Region continues to grow, protecting our natural environment becomes increasingly important for healthy, safe, livable communities. Strategic management of our valuable natural resources (water, air, and greenspace) is pivotal to realizing this goal. ARC implements programs to…
Research and Data
ARC’s Research & Analytics Department (RAD) provides a range of data and mapping tools and services to help local governments and leaders make better-informed decisions. The department also provides sophisticated land use modeling that informs and underlies ARC’s regional transportation…
Transportation Planning
ARC collaborates with local governments and transportation agencies to develop the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), which prioritizes transportation investments in the 20-county Atlanta region through 2050 to improve mobility in the Atlanta region. As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization,…
Workforce Solutions
Building and maintaining a skilled workforce is critical for the Atlanta region’s economy. The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Workforce Solutions Division manages WorkSource Atlanta Regional, which provides services to help meet the needs of today’s employers and job seekers in Cherokee,…
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Community Planning Academy
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Empowerline
Georgia Commute Options
Green Communities
LCI
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Metro Atlanta Speaks
MNG Water Planning District
RLI
State of the Region
UASI
WorkSource GA
33°n
CDAP
Community Planning Academy
ConnectA
Empowerline
Georgia Commute Options
Green Communities
LCI
LINK
MARC
Metro Atlanta Speaks
MNG Water Planning District
RLI
State of the Region
UASI
WorkSource GA