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The future of Metro Atlanta transit is pending on Gwinnett County

By King Williams Gwinnett County, the soon-to-be-largest county in Georgia by population, is the state’s most diverse county – representing a microcosm of what the future of American politics and economic development could look like. Gwinnett currently is a majority-minority county, meaning that no racial or ethnic group dominates its population. Gwinnett’s county-level leadership on […]

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Re-imagination of State Farm Arena inspired by Atlanta BeltLine

By Guest Columnist THAD SHEELY, chief operating officer of the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena

Just over a week ago, Elton John played his farewell tour in the new State Farm Arena, creating a neat symmetry to a weekend nearly 20 years earlier when he performed for the grand opening of Philips Arena in 1999. As both Elton and Atlanta have changed over that time, so too has the arena – that was a different time and a different place.

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Brian McGowan

Atlanta BeltLine at critical spot, seeks leader, debates transit

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 13, 2018

Atlanta BeltLine Inc. stands at a critical juncture — at a time when its leadership is in a state of flux.

Brian McGowan, president and CEO of the city agency since September, has accepted a position to become CEO of the Greater Seattle Partnership and will be stepping down from the BeltLine in mid-August.

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Atlanta BeltLine’s Brian McGowan taking new job in Seattle

It’s official. Brian McGowan, president and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine Inc., will become CEO of the Greater Seattle Partners, a new regional economic development organization in Seattle, Washington.

“I really struggled with this decision,” McGowan said in a telephone interview shortly after formally accepting the position. “I do love Atlanta. I’m always going to try to stay connected to Atlanta.”

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Pedal Power by Kelly Jordan

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Can the BeltLine save Atlanta? Panel discussion to explore its past, present, future

Four men with considerable perspectives on the Atlanta BeltLine are to convene Aug. 31 at the Atlanta History Center for what could be a wide-ranging discussion on the nation’s largest urban renewal project. Panelists include two original BeltLine visionaries and a scholarly author, and a moderator who once oversaw a non-profit that propelled the BeltLine concept and secured $40 million worth of land for it.

Yes, you can bike in Atlanta

By Guest Columnist KEVIN H. POSEY, an advocate for sustainable transportation and urban development practices worldwide

Atlanta is notorious for being a car-dependent city. Whether it’s minor snowstorms that create scenes akin to a bad disaster movie or burning bridges made of steel and concrete – materials not known for their combustibility – Atlanta’s car addiction is now in the same league as that of legendary Los Angeles. But in a revolutionary change of direction, the bike is being elevated as a legitimate way to get around for those of us who wouldn’t be caught dead in Lycra.