Kerry Armstrong re-elected chairman of Atlanta Regional Commission

By Maria Saporta

The board of the Atlanta Regional Commission unanimously re-elected Kerry Armstrong to serve a third two-year term as chairman at its meeting on Wednesday.

Armstrong, a commercial real estate exec

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During the 2016 LINK trip to Dallas, ARC Chair Kerry Armstrong (right) chats with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (center) and Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker (Photo by Maria Saporta)

utive, has served on the ARC board since 2008 as a citizen member representing a district that includes portions of Gwinnett County.

Armstrong was first elected chairman in 2013. His third term will begin on Jan. 1.

“I’m honored by the show of confidence from my fellow board members,” Armstrong said. “I look forward to working with them and with ARC’s dedicated, talented staff to continue making the Atlanta region an even better place to live, work, and play.”

Under Armstrong’s leadership, ARC has focused on working with its regional partners to tackle collaborative projects, such as the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, which aims to revitalize the area around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Learn4Life, a regional education initiative.

Also during Armstrong’s tenure as chairman, the board of ARC adopted the Atlanta Region’s Plan, a long-range blueprint designed to ensure metro Atlanta’s future success and improve the region’s quality of life. The 25-year plan includes a range of investments and programmatic efforts to provide the region with world class infrastructure, livable communities, and a competitive economy.

“A few years ago, the ARC board set a more strategic and collaborative course for ARC,” said Doug Hooker, ARC’s executive director. “Under Chairman Armstrong’s leadership, we have surpassed our own expectations. Thanks to his dedication and passion for the Atlanta region, ARC is now driving conversations and actions that will shape our region for decades to come.”

Kerry Armstrong

During Armstrong’s next two-year term, ARC will begin to conduct the research and community outreach necessary to update the Atlanta Region’s Plan and will continue to foster dialogue across the region that could lead to collaborative solutions to critical regional challenges.

Prior to being elected chairman in 2013, Armstrong co-chaired the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board, which serves seven of the region’s 10 counties, and served on ARC’s Environment & Land Use and Executive committees.

Armstrong, who is managing director and a development partner with Pope & Land Enterprises, also is actively involved in numerous civic, educational and charitable organizations. He is the chair of the North Fulton Community Improvement District and serves as director and past chair of the Council for Quality Growth.

Armstrong is a director and past chair of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and a director for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, and also serves on the board of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation.

The Atlanta Regional Commission is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 72 other cities. ARC serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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