Council Hosts 2015 Cherokee State of the County Address

This week, on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, the Council co-hosted the annual Cherokee State of the County Address. More than 250 guests were in attendance to hear from keynote speaker Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens. Misti Martin, the President of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, also imparted insight on the future of economic development in the county. Cherokee County is seeing increases in development, fiscal reserves and the addition of new companies, like Cabella's and the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta. 


Click HERE to view the Cherokee State of the County presentation. 

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Council submits comments to Watershed Protection Branch in support of

City of Atlanta's Clean Water Act permit re-issuance

As the city of Atlanta seeks renewal of its federal Clean Water Act permit, which was issued in January 2005 by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and expired in January 2010, the city has requested a five-year National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. 

The Council supports the re-issuance of the permits. 

Click HERE to read the Council's letter of support. 

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Council Hosts Atlanta Advisory Committee Meeting with City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong
On Wednesday, February 12, Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong spoke with members of the Council for Quality Growth at the February City of Atlanta Advisory Committee Meeting. Her presentation focused on recent and proposed development actions in communities near Memorial Drive. 

Click HERE to view Archibong's presentation. 

In the Loop: Millennials and the Future of the Housing Market: A Critical Period of Growth
The future of housing looks different than it did one decade ago. The conversation has changed from single-family detached to attached single- and multi-family units. 

Council for Quality Growth's 5th Annual CID "Fly Over" Video Released
As you recall last year, on November 12, 2014, the Council for Quality Growth sponsored the 5th Annual CID Recognition Program. Jones Lang LaSalle paid homage to the CIDs accomplishments by taking the attendees on an aerial journey through Metro Atlanta in the year 2025.  The journey termed the "Fly Over" used a Google Earth type technology created by Jones Lang LaSalle known as Blackbird to view the collective impact. The Council for Quality Growth would like to share this aerial adventure to all those who were not able to attend the event.  

To view the video and fly with us

To follow along using the speech,

Joint Congressional Hearing on Proposed "Waters of the US" EPA Rule: Council for Quality Growth Receives Mention by Congressman Woodall 
A joint hearing between the Senate Environment and Public Works and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees on a proposed rule by the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protections, that would be detrimental to many aspects and areas of the development industry, was held Wednesday, February 4th, in Congress, with newly appointed Transportation Committee Member, Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall, representing Georgians with concerns on the impact of the proposed rule.  

The Council for Quality Growth shared our concerns with Congressman Woodall, which he references at the 2:35:14 mark of the video, with a specific reference to the Council for Quality Growth at the 2:38:22 mark.  We would like to thank Congressman Woodall for addressing the concerns of the Council and the broad spectrum of industry interests.

Click HERE to view the video.

To read the letter the Council submitted as well as the Proposed Rule, click Read More

Is Cityhood in the Future for Unincorporated South Fulton? 
The question whether South Fulton will become a city has been posed since 2007.  At the time, eighty-five percent of voters rejected a proposal.  Last year, plans to create the city of South Fulton took a step forward when the Georgia House of Representatives approved a measure (HB 704) by a vote of 163-2 allowing voters to decide the issue.  The attempt of creating a new city failed as the majority of voters opposed the proposal.  Those residents of South Fulton who were opposed claimed they didn't see any real reason to create a new political infrastructure.  This would entail South Fulton selecting a mayor and city council to lead the newly formed City of South Fulton.

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.
February 12, 2015

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

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
2015 Gwinnett County 
State of the County Address
February 19 

2015 Clayton County State of the County Address
February 26

Click HERE
2015 Rockdale County 
State of the County Address
March 5

Click HERE

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.

Charlotte Nash
will review 2014 achievements
and unveil the vision for 2015 and beyond.

More than 650 community leaders and elected officials 
are expected to join us for this annual favorite.
Don't miss this must-attend event!  

Thursday, February 19
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Gwinnett Center

Space is limited - secure your seat by signing up today! 





Join The Council for Quality Growth!

To view a Membership Brochure, Click HERE

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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