Transit. Bicycles. Pedestrian streets. Public art displays. A festive spirit. Awareness of climate change. Those were just some of the themes metro Atlanta leaders expressed upon their return from Montreal during the 26th LINK trip that took place from Aug. 15 to Aug. 19.
A delegation of about 130 people from metro Atlanta will be attending the 2023 LINK trip in Montreal, Canada – from Tuesday afternoon Aug. 15 to Saturday morning Aug. 19.
If you’re a roller coaster lover, you’ve almost certainly hit Six Flags over Georgia for Goliath’s 225-foot drop or Viper’s seven back-to-back loops. This week is notable for thrill-seekers, though, because fifty-five years ago, the amusement park first opened its doors. About 3,000 folks visited on its opening day in 1967, with over 1.2 million […]
AUSTIN – The invitation arrived on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the LINK delegation of 120 Atlanta leaders had arrived in the capital city of Texas.
CHICAGO – “I love Chicago,” declared former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin at the opening night dinner of the 2021 LINK trip on Oct. 27. “Chicago is one of the great cities of the world.”
The regional leadership delegation – LINK – will be going to Chicago at the end of October where it will focus on the issues of historic racial inequities, the wealth gap as well as transit and economic development.
The Chicago LINK trip is back on.
The Atlanta Regional Commission has canceled its 2020 LINK trip to Chicago because of coronavirus-related health concerns.
PITTSBURGH – In 2002, several Pittsburgh philanthropic foundations joined together to buy a 178-acre brownfield site – Hazelwood Green – next to acres of land next to the Monongahela River.The group included the Benedum Foundation, the R.K. Mellon Foundation and the Heinz Endowments – a ground-breaking move that demonstrated the influence that foundations hold in Pittsburgh and their willingness to take risks that foundations in other cities would avoid.
PITTSBURGH – A delegation of nearly 120 metro Atlanta leaders arrived in this Pennsylvania city to learn how it has transformed itself from a steel and manufacturing city to one focused on innovation and technology.The delegation also heard repeatedly about how Pittsburgh wants to be a “city for all” – to welcome economic vitality – for people of all income, races and ethnicity.
For 22 years, an impressive group of metro Atlanta civic, business and government leaders have spent three days a year visiting a North American city to learn how other cities are handling their urban challenges.
The LINK trips also have provided people an opportunity to get to know each other – connecting with leaders from different races, genders and sections of the Atlanta region as well as people from different circles of influence.
By Doug Shipman, President and CEO of The Woodruff Arts CenterI had the opportunity to join the annual LINK trip organized by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to San Diego last week. It was a chance to visit another city with a group of regional leaders from Atlanta, including two other arts leaders: Anthony Rodriguez […]
SAN DIEGO, CA – Housing affordability and homelessness are front-and-center challenges in San Diego – a region where 46 percent of the area is dedicated for conservation that is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Indian reservations as well as military land.
The focus on affordability parallels the conversations occurring in Atlanta, which has become increasingly focused on being a region where the people of modest income can still afford to live.
SAN DIEGO, CA – On the second day of the metro Atlanta LINK trip to this southern California city, Georgia leaders discovered differences and similarities between the two regions.
In San Diego, one out of every four jobs is related to the military, generating an economic impact of $50 billion a year and employing up to 140,000 people in the south California region.
SAN DIEGO, CA – It’s hard for residents of San Diego and Tijuana to see where the U.S. border begins and Mexican border ends.
In fact, San Diego and Tijuana consider themselves to be “CaliBaja” or “Calexico” or “Mexicali” – all names that represent a mashing together of the southern edge of California with the northern edge of Mexico.
Housing affordability and transit will be key focus areas of the 2018 LINK trip to San Diego, which will take place from May 9 to May 12.
Ever since 1997, a group of more than 100 Atlanta leaders – representing governments, businesses and nonprofits – go to a different city to learn about the best practices that we can bring back to our region. And it also provides an opportunity for leaders from the 10-county region to get to know one another.
Detroit, Michigan may sound as an unusual place for a group of metro Atlanta to visit to learn how another region has addressed similar issues.
But the top leaders of the Atlanta Regional Commission – Executive Director Doug Hooker and Chairman Kerry Armstrong – believed the lessons to be gained from Detroit would be enlightening for the 130 metro Atlantans who will be part of the 2017 LINK (Leadership. Involvement. Networking. Knowledge) trip.
For 20 years, leaders from the Atlanta region have been visiting other North American cities to get ideas on how best to address our metro area’s toughest challenges. The group of 110 leaders just returned from Dallas – and here’s what some of them learned.
The 2016 LINK trip to Dallas – scheduled from May 4 to May 7 – will mark the Atlanta region’s 20th anniversary of the annul visit to peer cities – providing metro leaders an opportunity to reflect on the value of the trips and consider their future.
About 110 metro Atlanta leaders are scheduled to be on the three-day to the Dallas-Fort Worth area – studying transportation, urban planning, downtown renaissance, the arts, education, millennials, suburban development and regional economic development.