Council Co-Hosts 2015 Rockdale State of the County with Conyers-Rockdale Chamber
On Thursday, March 5, the Council for Quality Growth and Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce hosted the first-ever 2015 Rockdale State of the County Breakfast featuring Rockdale County Chairman and CEO Richard Oden.  Chairman Oden presented to over 180 citizens, businesses and other community stakeholders a review of the county's 2014 achievements and his vision for 2015.    

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Sandy Springs Holds Special Work Session on Tree Ordinance
On Tuesday, March 3rd, Sandy Springs City Council held a special work session to address concerns over the proposed amendments to the Tree Ordinance.

During the Special Session, City Staff provided updates on suggested changes to the Tree Ordinance. The public was encouraged to voice their opinions on the proposed changes. 

Click Here to view the Presentation from the work session.

Council Hosts Atlanta City Councilmember Mary Norwood at March Atlanta Advisory Committee Meeting

On Wednesday March 4th, the Council hosted the Atlanta Advisory Commission with special guest Councilmember Mary Norwood. She discussed tools to combat vacancy an abandonment of properties in Atlanta, using judicial In Rem code enforcement and judicial In Rem tax sales.


She emphasized that Atlanta has several tools to the city has at its disposal to combat the issue, and laid out how the city could use these tools to effectively eradicated vacancy and abandonment. 


If you are interested in viewing Councilmember Norwood's presentation: Click Here.

Council Members Invited to Participate in a Survey Regarding Permit Delays in the Metro Atlanta Area
In an ongoing effort to collect feedback from our members on the permitting process with various local governments in the Metro Region, we have created a survey in order to understand your experiences.  Please read below and take the survey. This is anonymous feedback and will help us at the Council convey to the over 125 local governments we work with, the experiences our members are having based on your direct feedback. Thank you.

ARC Releases Phase Two of Three-Part Survey 
The Atlanta Regional Commission recently released the second phase of the three part survey. The survey seeks the input of metro Atlantans on issues ranging from autonomous vehicles to regional transit expansion to telecommuting.

Click HERE to complete the ARC's survey. 
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

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.
March 5, 2015

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

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
2015 Meet & Greet
March 25

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2015 Clayton County 
State of the County Address
March 26

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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.

Events, Policy Highlights & Advisory Updates


Join The Council for Quality Growth!

To view a Membership Brochure, 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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