Two top leaders of Atlanta Regional Commission leaving

By Maria Saporta

Two of metro Atlanta’s top regional leaders are leaving their positions, according to a press release sent out Monday afternoon.

The Atlanta Regional Commission, the planning agency for the 10-county region, announced that two of its key department directors will leave the agency on Dec. 31.

Tony Landers, the ARC’s director of community services; and Tom Weyandt, director of comprehensive planning, will leave to “pursue other ventures,” according to the release.

Landers, who joined the commission in 1973, led several key ARC initiatives: the annual Regional Leadership Institute (which has graduated more than 1,000 leaders); and the annual LINK (Leadership, Information, Networking & Knowledge) trips to different cities for the past 14 years.

Weyandt also is a long time ARC leader, who has spent a total of 21 years (off and on) with the organization. His current duties call for him to oversee the agency’s efforts in transportation, planning, land-use and the environment. Weyandt also was an instrumental player in creating the popular and successful Livable Centers Initiative.

“Both of these individuals have made significant contributions to the Atlanta region through their many years at ARC,” said ARC chairman, Tad Leithead, in the release. “They have made a real difference and I know they will continue to make contributions as they move on to new challenges.”

According to the release, Landers and Weyandt cited “the unique opportunities afforded them to contribute positively to the metro region through their work at the Atlanta Regional Commission.”

Given their contributions to the organizations, it will be difficult to find people with their institutional knowledge and experience to replace them. I’m still trying to find out exactly why they are leaving at this time.

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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