What will metro Atlanta be like in 50 years? What are the key issues, trends and opportunities to consider in helping to make our region thrive in the future?
Show Open and "Fifty Forward" Video from Atlanta Regional Commission on Vimeo.
In 2008, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) launched an ambitious two-year visioning and planning initiative called “Fifty Forward: A Metro Atlanta Futures Forum” to explore scenarios for metro Atlanta focusing on our region's future livability, prosperity and sustainability. The initiative was introduced at ARC’s 2008 State of the Region breakfast, where keynote speaker and Seattle futurist, Glen Hiemstra, challenged some 1,000 attendees to determine their preferred future and build short and long-term action steps to reach for their highest goals.
“For 60 years, ARC and its predecessor agencies have carefully considered options and planned for the future. Now more than ever we need to look beyond our more short-term planning horizons and our geographic boundaries to develop a fresh vision for the Atlanta region’s place on the global stage for the next 50 years. With these forums, we hope to spur discussion and spark creative thinking about a future Atlanta that few have contemplated.” - former ARC Chariman, Sam Olens
The key components of ARC’s Fifty Forward initiative were:
- Quarterly future forums held during 2008 and 2009 that explored trends, issues and possibilities for the Atlanta region during the next 50 years.
- Neighborhood forums hosted by the Civic League for Regional Atlanta that engaged metro Atlantans from communities across the region in the Fifty Forward effort.
- Framing the Future photo contest that invited metro Atlantans to capture images of what they value about the metro region.