Approximately 1,000 metro Atlanta regional leaders gathered at the Georgia World Congress Center on October 12 for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 2012 State of the Region Breakfast. These leaders from throughout metro Atlanta celebrated the region’s vibrant Arts & Culture community with a variety of exhibits and performances. They also heard keynote remarks from Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute, who pointed out some of metro Atlanta’s strengths and told attendees that the region needs to build off these strengths if it is to remain a leader in the new economy. ARC Chairman Tad Leithead challenged everyone in the room to work together for the betterment of metro Atlanta in his State of the Region address. In addition, ARC and the Livable Communities Coalition presented the 2012 Developments of Excellence Awards to six deserving recipients.
Videos of all presentations are available here, as well as all of the printed materials distributed. Thank you again to all the generous sponsors who made this annual event possible!
Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute delivers the keynote address.
ARC Chairman Tad Leithead delivers the State of the Region Address.
A Georgia State University Jazz Combo performs during the State of the Region Breakfast.
Alpharetta's von Grey, a group of four sisters, performs the national anthem to open the event.
DOE Emory Point: David Allman, LCC; Johnny Ladson, Gables Residential; Bill Bassett, Cousins Properties; Tad Leithead, ARC.
DOE Ivy Hall: David Allman, LCC; Georgia Lee, Director of Ivy Hall; Tad Leithead, ARC.
DOE Gateway Center: David Allman, LCC; Kevin Kern, Grove Street Partners; Mayor Jack Longino, City of College Park; Jim Drinkard, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Tad Leithead, ARC.
DOE Norcross: David Allman, LCC; Mayor Bucky Johnson, City of Norcross; Tad Leithead, ARC.
DOE Decatur: David Allman, LCC; Commissioner Patti Garrett, City of Decatur; Mayor Bill Floyd, City of Decatur; Tad Leithead, ARC.
DOE Fourth Ward Park: L-R: Tad Leithead, ARC; David Allman, LCC; Liz Coyle, Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy; Markham Smith, Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy; Commissioner JoAnn Macrina, City of Atlanta; Commissioner George Dusenbury, City of Atlanta; Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce Sheperd; Kevin Burke, Atlanta Beltline Inc; Lisa Gordon, Atlanta Beltline Inc; Valarie Wilson, Atlanta Beltline Partnership; Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall; Curt Soper, Trust for Public Land.
Videos from the State of the Region Breakfast
Bruce Katz, "Atlanta's Next Economy"
Pointing to strong universities, a vibrant arts scene, numerous Fortune 500 headquarters, livable communities and the world’s busiest airport, ARC State of the Region keynote speaker Bruce Katz said the Atlanta region has a solid foundation on which to build as it moves into a very different national and global economy.
Tad Leithead, "2012 ARC State of the Region"
ARC Chairman Tad Leithead delivers the annual State of the Region address.
A Celebration of Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture
Watch the video to be wowed by the region’s vibrant arts & culture scene:
What’s Great About the Atlanta Region!
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2012 Developments of Excellence Award Winners:
Historic Fourth Ward Park
2012 State of the Region Breakfast Sponsors