Georgia 2015 Road Map and Beyond: Expert Panel Presents Present and Future Plans to Meet Atlanta’s Growing Demand for Mobility and Access

(Atlanta, GA) – Urban mobility drives economic opportunity, providing improved access to jobs, educational resources and investment opportunities. Ever since the 1996 Olympic Games were held in Atlanta, the city has grown by leaps and bounds. Atlanta ranks 6th economically this year with a GDP of $270 billion, according to WorldPopulationReview.com. Thousands of new jobs are being added each quarter and housing starts are increasing to meet the demand, bringing more people and more traffic to our highways and city streets.

Join the TAG Infrastructure Society from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on August 20th at Heritage Green in Sandy Springs (www.heritagesandysprings.org) as we explore Atlanta’s transportation initiatives with speakers from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta Beltline Inc., and Cobb County Department of Transportation. Topics include expansion plans for Atlanta’s I-75/I-85/Highway 400 transportation corridors as well as planned initiatives for the new $672 million Atlanta Brave’s stadium in Cobb County and next steps for the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile pedestrian-friendly transportation corridor linking 45 of Atlanta’s fast-growing urban communities. To register please visit https://www.123signup.com/event?id=ycbht.

THE SPEAKERS
Mike Alexander, AICP, Research and Analytics Division Manager, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) (www.atlantaregional.com) will present a regional overview of the future of transportation/infrastructure initiatives for the 10-county extended metro area and the factors that impact the decision-making process. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county metro area including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale Counties and the city of Atlanta.

Paul DeNard, Executive Assistant to the Chief Engineer, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) (www.dot.ga.gov), will outline initiatives from the GDOT 2015 Strategic Plan addressing Atlanta’s major arterial highways and the GDOT’s plans to accommodate future growth in the metro area through key initiatives such as the TravelSmart website and the $1.1 billion Interstate 285/State Route 400 Interchange Project, which handles 400,000 vehicles a day. The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2016 and is responsible for developing and maintaining all of Georgia’s state and federal roadways as well as public transportation and aviation programs.

Paul Morris, President and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (http://www.beltline.org), will discuss Atlanta’s pedestrian-friendly transportation success story. The Atlanta BeltLine was initially proposed in a 1999 master’s thesis by Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel. The transportation initiative leverages abandoned rail lines to connect parks, public amenities, jobs, residences, and economic development nodes in a 22-mile loop in the City of Atlanta. Since 2005, the Atlanta Beltline has generated more than $2.4 billion in private development for its $400 million investment.

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation initiative and redevelopment project undertaken by the City of Atlanta to date and provides first and last-mile connectivity to regional transportation initiatives. When complete, the 22-mile loop will connect 45 intown neighborhoods to each other through a combination of rail, trail and greenspace.

Chris Pruitt, Transportation Division Manager, Cobb County Department of Transportation (www.cobbcounty.org/), will provide an overview of impact and changes to Cobb County’s infrastructure. This will include the ongoing area projects and the planned improvements near SunTrust Park. The new $672 million SunTrust Park is expected to generate 873 jobs with annual earnings in excess of $25 million.

Cobb County DOT has two major initiatives on its calendar this year: the $13.3 million Skip Spann Connector, which involves the construction of a road connecting Kennesaw State University and Town Center, and the $48 million Windy Hill Road project, which includes a diverging diamond interchange at the I-75 overpass. The DOT has let over $175 Million in projects from 2012-2014. Cobb County covers 345 square miles of land and six cities.
Seating is limited for the August 20th event. For more information and to register visit: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=ycbht.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 19,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 32 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. For more information visit: http://www.tagonline.org.

About TAG Infrastructure
The TAG Infrastructure Society’s mission is to become the expert resource for companies interested in locating their business within the state of Georgia. We believe that maintaining a comprehensive technology report on Georgia’s road, power, water, real-estate and fiber infrastructure, along with the services enabled by these resources, makes Georgia the logical choice for the next high-tech industry destination. For more information visit: http://www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/infrastructure/.

For more information contact:

pat@patmahony.com

or Heather@tagonline.org

Pat Mahony

Pat Mahony is a career marketing professional and journalist specializing in marketing strategy, development and process implementation, PR, content and social media tactics in technology and telecom communications. In her journalism career, Pat served as a bureau chief for the Chattanooga Times Free Press with a reach of 280,000 readers. She has bylined thousands of articles and photographs and received two awards from the Associated Press for reporting. Pat is a former radio news broadcaster with statewide broadcasting experience and has served additional roles as a magazine writer, fundraising director, public relations officer, graphic designer, trainer, recruiter and manager of a multi-state volunteer force. She received graphic arts and photography training at the Art Institute of Atlanta and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Concurrently, Pat Mahony serves as a social media manager and board member with the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Infrastructure Society. She is a commissioned artist and provides non-profit marketing assistance on a volunteer basis with HomeStretch.org. She is also a broadcaster/ reader for the Georgia Radio Reading Service.

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