ARC has a long history of innovative and purposeful community engagement, and we work continually to enhance and grow our community outreach activities. The New Voices campaign is designed to bring new voices into our planning for the region’s future. With these new voices, we hope to engage people in meaningful conversations on important issues in the Atlanta region.
The New Voices campaign began in 2015 by reaching out to the region's Millennial population, young people in their 20s and 30s. You can learn about the work and activities of the Millennial Advisory Panel at our New Voices website.
Our current campaign is seeking input from the Atlanta region's growing International Community.
New Voices Global Atlanta
New Voices Global Atlanta initiative aims to build stronger relationships with foreign-born residents and ethnic communities around the Atlanta region by connecting with community leaders and residents that are not traditionally well-represented at regional planning and policy discussions.
Global Atlanta Advisory Panel
The Global Atlanta Advisory Panel will assemble a diverse group of international leaders from throughout the Atlanta region in an effort to ensure that the region’s dynamic, vibrant international community is well-represented in ARC's regional planning efforts.
We are taking applications now for the Global Atlanta Advisory Panel. If you are interested in this panel and would like to apply or learn more, please go to the New Voices Global Atlanta Advisory Panel website.
Global Atlanta Snapshot
This Global Atlanta Snapshot looks at the numbers behind Atlanta's International community and its growth over a 25 year period. Here are some highlights from the snapshot:
- Georgia has become a gateway for new arrivals, ranking 8th in the country for foreign born population. 65% of these new arrivals reside in metropolitan Atlanta.
- In 2012, approximately 13 percent of the 20-county Atlanta region’s population was foreign-born.
- Approximately 25 percent of Gwinnett County’s population was born in another country.
- The largest percentage of the total foreign-born population in the 10-county region hails from Latin America at 40.5 percent.
Explore the data in our Global Atlanta Snapshot reports:
Millennial Advisory Panel
The New Voices campaign began by looking at a group of citizens that is widely seen as critical to the region’s future: people in their 20s and 30s, known to demographers as “Millennials.” ARC worked with C&M/Civic Strategies to develop a citizen‐engagement process to help ARC and its member cities and counties reach out to this group in new and innovative ways. Millennials represent the next generation of residents who will live and work in the Atlanta region, shaping and leading it for the next 30 to 40 years. This generation represents 25% of the population of metro Atlanta.
ARC Report - New Voices - Engaging Millennials at the ARC Table
Take a look at what we learned about this dynamic, diverse generation:
Download the report (PDF)