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 is the Regional Leader in identifying Values, developing Policies and executing Plans that matter to residents and communities that ensure Competitive Advantage and that preserve long term Sustainability.
ARC Strategic Plan (PDF)
As Adopted by the ARC Board of Commissioners on June 22, 2011
The Atlanta Regional Commission will demonstrate professional and forward looking leadership to ensure sustainable growth and competitive advantage by focusing and balancing Environmental Responsibility, Economic Growth, and Social Needs.
- Creative Problem-Solvers
We anticipate potential challenges and develop creative solutions based on professional knowledge, public involvement and collaboration with other partners.
- Public Service-Oriented
We are accountable to our constituents, try to exceed their expectations and exhibit the highest standard of ethical conduct.
- Continuous Learners
We constantly seek new information, knowledge and skills to better serve the Atlanta region.
- Leadership Builders
We serve as a catalyst for the development of regional leaders who understand and act on regional challenges and opportunities.
- Team Players
We work with each other internally, with other community partners and with citizens of the region in a concerted effort to build the highest quality of life for our region.
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 Annual Reports
ARC 2012 Annual Report (PDF)