Normally in this space, we talk about the big trends and innovations taking place across metro Atlanta. 

As 2020 comes to an end and, we thought we’d share news about some changes taking place next year at our own organization, the Atlanta Regional Commission, that will help the agency better focus its resources and tackle regional issues. 

Starting in January 2021, the ARC Board will begin meeting every other month, instead of monthly. And most key committees will meet on the same day as the full ARC Board. Meanwhile, the governance committee will take on additional duties and meet once a month. 

More details can be found in ARC’s 2021 year-at-a-glance calendar. 

Here’s how ARC Board Chairman Kerry Armstrong put it in a news release: “These changes will help the ARC Board better focus its energies on addressing the challenges our region faces and improving  quality of life across this dynamic, fast-growing region.” 

And 2021 is shaping up to be a busy year. Here are just a few projectsprograms, and things to watch out for on the horizon: 

  • ARC will be launching two major planning projects: An update to the regional freight plan, as well a Household Travel Survey, which is used to better understand travel behavior in the Atlanta region – this is the first survey of its kind in 10 years.
  • Georgia Commute Options will be updating its Transportation Demand Management plan, with a focus on teleworking given the substantial changes that have taken place during the pandemic.
  • The Georgia-Florida Water Wars case is headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court. The hearing follows a recommendation from a Special Master that found in Georgia’s favor on the case, which covers equitable allocation of water between the states.

What’s Next ATL, produced by the Atlanta Regional Commission, is a community resource that explores how metro Atlanta is growing and changing, and how the region is addressing its most pressing challenges.