Council Hosts 2015 DeKalb State of the County Address 
On Thursday, January 22nd, the Council for Quality Growth and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the 2015 DeKalb State of the County Address.  Interim CEO Lee May delivered the DeKalb State of the County Address to a sold out crowd of more than 400 people.

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Russell McMurry Elected New GDOT Commissioner
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced on January 20 that longtime GDOT executive Russell McMurry was elected to be the new commissioner of GDOT by the 14-member State Transportation Board.

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Council Director of Policy & Government Affairs Presents on "Millennials and the Future of the Housing Market: A Critical Period for Growth"

On Tuesday, January 20th, Council Policy & Government Affairs Director James Touchton presented at United Consulting, as part of a monthly lecture series hosted by United on the millennial housing trends around the nation and region-wide.   As part of his presentation, Mr. Touchton stressed that this was just one option to consider when re-developing areas around Georgia, and that the presentation was meant as a way to further the discussion about one of many viable residential options within the industry.


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Register Now for the 2015 South Metro Development Outlook
The Council for Quality Growth is proud to sponsor the 2015 South Metro Development Outlook on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Speakers include: 

  • Al Nash, Executive Director, Development Authority of Fulton County
  • Jeff Turner, Chairman, Clayton County Board of Commissioners
  • John Eaves, Chairman, Fulton County Board of Commissioners
  • Keith Parker, General Manager and CEO, MARTA
  • Doug Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Vince Williams, Mayor, City of Union City
  • Paul Morris, President and CEO, Atlanta Beltline 
  • And many others 

Click HERE to register for the 2015 South Metro Development Outlook. 

DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Pass Crucial Oversight Committee Ordinances and Funding Measures: A Win for the County for Economic Development

On Tuesday, January 13, after two years of working with citizens and members of the development industry, through stakeholder committees and outside consultants, the Board of Commissioners passed a much needed Development Services package that continues to show DeKalb's commitment to economic development and sound fiscal policies. 

Dunwoody Proposes Amendments to City Code Ordinances: Council Voices Concerns
On Monday, January 12, 2015, James Touchton, Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the Council, spoke on behalf of the development industry at the Dunwoody City Council meeting.  The Council voiced its concern regarding the proposed amendments to the Dunwoody City Code Ordinances.

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Council's Director of Policy and Government Affairs Re-appointed to Gwinnett Development Advisory Committee

The Council's Director of Policy and Government Affairs, James Touchton, was re-appointed to the Gwinnett Development Advisory Committee (DAC) by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. As a representative of the Council, he has worked to ensure balanced and responsible growth in the County.  He contributed to the overhaul of the Unified Development Ordinance, as well as the prevention of changes to the storm pipe standards. 


Council Presents 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule and Speakers
The Council for Quality Growth Announces the 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule.  Click HERE

The Council hosts about 80 advisory committee meetings each year featuring guest speakers such as:
  • Congressman Rob Woodall 
  • Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell
  • Cobb Chairman Tim Lee
  • Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader Stacey Abrams
  • DeKalb County Int. CEO Lee May
  • Cherokee County Chairman "Buzz" Ahrens
  • Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash
  • County Commissioners Region-Wide
  • Mayor's Region-Wide
  • City Councilman Region-Wide
  • and many more local, county and state leaders can view below by expanding your screen or clicking below to view the 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule. 
What are the Council Advisory Committees?  Please click HERE to see who the Council has previously hosted.

Advisory Committee meetings are for Council members only. Please click HERE for more information about joining the Council for Quality Growth. 

Click HERE to view the 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule. 

Click HERE to view a PDF of the 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule and Speaker Lineup 

The 2015 Calendar is updated weekly with new Speakers.  Be sure to go to the Council's Website at and click on the Events Calendar link for the most up-to-date 2015 calendar.
January 22, 2015

What are Council Members saying about their investment in the Council for Quality Growth?

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
2015 Cherokee County State of the County Address
February 11

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2015 Gwinnett County 
State of the County Address
February 19 


In the Loop: Transfer of Development Rights: An Opportunity for Growth and Economic Development 

Local government organizations have implemented a variety of mechanisms for the preservation of the natural environment. In fact, many local governments have collaborated with the development community to establish programs that consider all vantage points on such matters. In response to sprawling conditions of the post-World War II suburbanization movements, many communities find it more desirable to allow larger numbers of units in smaller spaces than to have fewer units spread out over a larger space, increasing density in certain areas while preserving nature in others. The desirability of increased density stems from its promotion of a healthier and walkable lifestyle through the attraction of mixed use facilities. This results in reduced infrastructure costs due to the compactness of development, which promotes higher property values because of its proximity to urban centers. As more Millennials migrate to vibrant urban environments rather than sprawled suburban neighborhoods, the market demand for city centers and high density developments will only increase.

Atlanta Business Chronicle Highlights Council Advisory Committees



In a special section featuring the Council for Quality Growth and its Four Pillar Tribute, the Atlanta Business Chronicle featured the work of the Council's seven advisories and the role that they play in helping to shape the continued growth of the Metro Atlanta Region. The article features examples of the types of policies that have been influenced by Council Advisory committees, as well as quotes from Council members on the benefit that Advisories provide to their businesses.


To read the article, click HERE.


Join The Council for Quality Growth! Membership Benefits include:

Council for Quality Growth Policy Highlights

The Council for Quality Growth advocates for the growth and development industry with the mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth in Metro Atlanta and Georgia through the platforms of Advocacy, Education and Information. We work with thousands of elected officials, administrators and staff across Metro Atlanta's more than 80 local governments plus state agencies and legislative and executive leadership. We collaborate to ensure that planning, zoning and other local, regional and state regulatory policies promote thriving communities, strong infrastructure and a prospering economy. We actively advocate and lobby in city council, county commission, regional commission and state legislative and regulatory forums. 


Members, in turn, receive exclusive access to the most comprehensive information about regulatory and policy issues in the region. We educate local and state elected officials and professional staff who regularly seek our policy advice and input.


To view the Council's Government Affairs and Policy achievements over the past 18 months, click HERE
Advisory Committees

Each month, the Council holds Advisory Committee meetings for members. These meetings occur at the same day and time each month and offer members the opportunity to interact with state and local elected officials, as well as county and city staff, including county and city managers, planning and zoning staff, transportation staff, economic development heads and watershed management staff.


Advisory Committees are one of the premier benefits of Council membership and all members are encouraged to attend. As a member, you are eligible to attend any of the Advisory Committees listed below.

  • To learn about each of our seven Advisory Committees in more detail, click HERE.
  • To see a schedule of all Advisory speakers, click HERE.
  • To see a master schedule of all meeting times and locations, click HERE.
  • To see a calendar view of this information, view the calendar below or click HERE.

Please contact James Touchton at for more information or to be added to one or all of the Advisory email lists.

To view all Advisory Committee Meetings, 

Click HERE

To view the Advisory Calendar on the Council Website and Register Online for the Advisory Meeting of your choice, 

Click HERE

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