The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county area including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta. For over 65 years, ARC and its predecessor agencies have helped to focus the region's leadership, attention and resources on key issues of regional consequence.
ARC is dedicated to unifying the region's collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. It does so through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.
The Atlanta Regional Commission advances the national and international standing of the region by leveraging the uniqueness of its evolving communities, anticipating and responding to current realities and driving a data-driven planning process that provides a high quality of life, balancing social, economic and environmental needs of all our communities.
We exhibit, build and foster regional leadership to address and act on critical challenges and opportunities.
We anticipate challenges and develop creative, holistic solutions based on professional knowledge and shared foresight, community engagement and collaboration with our partners.
We are accountable to our stakeholders, try to exceed their expectations and exhibit the highest standard of ethical conduct
ARC Strategic Framework (PDF)
The Atlanta Regional Commission employs shared foresight, expert staff, the ability to convene diverse communities and its reputation as a regional and national leader in order to support local governments, enhancing the lives of all our citizens by providing world-class infrastructure, building a competitive economy and shaping a regional ecosystem comprised of healthy and livable communities.
Regional Development Plan Guidelines and Responsibilities
The Atlanta Regional Commission is designated as a Metropolitan Area Planning and Development Commission as well as a Regional Commission under the laws of the State of Georgia. As such, ARC operates under rules promulgated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
ARC Evolution Strategy
The Atlanta region is changing fast. Our population continues to grow and become even more diverse. Technological innovations such as autonomous vehicles, the rise of “big data” and the Internet of Things promise to fundamentally reshape our region.
The challenges our region faces require ARC to work in close collaboration with our community partners in order to bring about real change and ensure that our region remains competitive with our peers across the country.
Given the pace of change and the complexity of our challenges, ARC must approach its work differently. The agency has developed an “Evolution Strategy” that includes five guiding principles designed to define our work moving forward.
- Our approach to problem solving must be interdisciplinary.
- We need to take a holistic approach to solving challenges or leveraging opportunities.
- Our solutions are grounded, and actionable.
- When we begin our work, we should start with a desired outcome in mind – we are outcome-based.
- When problem-solving, planning or executing solutions, our efforts should always benefit not only the region, but our partners – in all things we should ensure our colleagues success.
ARC Annual Reports
Download ARC's 2016 Annual Report (PDF)
Previous Annual Reports