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Paul Morris exiting as CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, following board meeting Wednesday morning

Andrew Feiler, Paul Morris, Robbie Ashe, David Kirk

Comparing notes on LINK trip: Andrew Feiler, Paul Morris, Robbie Ashe and David Kirk

By Maria Saporta

Paul Morris, president and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine Inc., is on his way out.

The board of Atlanta BeltLine Inc. met in executive session Wednesday morning for less than an hour, when it decided that there would be a change in leadership.

Paul Morris

Paul Morris

Morris has been under fire for the past month, largely because the BeltLine has not fulfilled its goals for affordable housing along the 22-mile corridor.

At a Commerce Club luncheon speech, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed alluded to a possible leadership change when he said: “You’ve got to have a leader of the BeltLine that is committed to affordability as a first thought and not an after-thought.”

It is expected that the mayor’s office will be releasing a statement later today on Morris’ departure.

The BeltLine is a multi-faceted urban redevelopment initiative that includes multi-purpose trails, parks, development and eventually transit.

Morris was named president and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine in June, 2013.

Andrew Feiler, Paul Morris, Robbie Ashe, David Kirk

Paul Morris, second from left, during a LINK trip to Toronto with Andrew Feiler, Robbie Ashe and David Kirk (Photo by Maria Saporta)


Maria Saporta

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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  1. Burroughston Broch August 23, 2017 4:07 pm

    I gave Morris Fs for focus and effort, and A+s for BS and covering his backside.Report


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