Council's Final Under the Gold Dome Legislative Update of 2015
ICYMI: Click HERE to view the Council's final Under the Gold Dome legislative update of 2015! 

Join Council Executive Committee Member Andy Macke for Comcast Cares Day on April 25th

Join Council for Quality Growth Executive Committee Member and Comcast Vice President of External Affairs Andy Macke for Comcast Cares Day, the largest single-day corporate volunteer event in the country, on April 25, 2015. Each year, Comcast and NBCUniversal mobilize our employees, families and friends to work alongside community partners and public officials to improve the communities in which we live and work. In Metro Atlanta alone, Comcast Cares Day hosted over 4,000 volunteers last year and Comcast Foundation granted over $70,000 in Metro Atlanta to local partner organizations.

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Water Professionals Appreciation Day Passes the 2015 Georgia General Assembly

Senate Bill 119 passed the Georgia General Assembly in the 2015 Session. This lesgislation establishes the first Monday in May of each year will be "Water Professionals Appreciation Day in Georgia". The Council would like to congratulate the Water Appreciation Day Partners, including:

  • Georgia Municipal Association
  • Association County Commissioners of Georgia
  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Georgia
  • Council for Quality Growth
  • Atlanta Regional Commission/Metro North Georgia Water Planning District
  • Georgia Rural Water Association
  • GeorgiaFIRST Robotics
  • Rivers Alive

We also want to invite you to an event coordinated by the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association, in conjunction with GAWP.  To help show the importance of water, join us on Saturday, May 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at SweetWater Brewery for the inaugural "No Water, No Beer" Festival.  The proceeds from this event will help to provide safe drinking water to people in developing countries (Water For People) as well as help efforts to keep our water supply clean right here in Georgia (Rivers Alive).  


Click HERE for more information and to register for this event!


Registration includes great beer, food, and music.

Click HERE to view the Water Appreciation Day flyer! 

Register Now for the 2015 SMART Airports & Regions Conference Gala Reception 

Register now for the Atlanta Airport Alliance's 2015 SMART Airports & Regions Conference Gala Reception on Tuesday, May 5 from 6:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. at the Delta Flight Museum. 

Click HERE to view the event flyer with more information. 

Apply Now for the Metro Water District Basin Advisory Council 

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) is seeking interested individuals to serve on the six Basin Advisory Councils that help develop and implement water resources plans for the region. The councils provide valuable input to the Metro Water District's planning process and related implementation activities by representing the wide variety of stakeholders that rely on the region's water resources.


The deadline to apply is May 29, 2015.

Click HERE to view the application!

Council for Quality Growth Leads Development Tour in Marietta 

On Wednesday, April 1, the Council for Quality Growth led a development tour with members of the Marietta City Council, along with Director of Development Services Brian Binzer, Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs,  Council for Quality Growth Member Brock Built Homes (Steve and Adam Brock), John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods (Mike Meshkaty and Bryan Musolf) and Architect Bill Tunnell of TSW.  The group toured single-family developments in downtown Woodstock, Vinings and Dupont Circle in Atlanta.  The tour was proposed based on  proposed changes to the zoning code that had been introduced in November 2014 regarding the parking ordinances and the Council for Quality Growth's concerns.  The Council, at the Planning Commission Meeting in November, offered to facilitate with the City Council Members and Staff, along with our membership, a tour of  various developments where the parking ordinances allowed flexibility in design and were working for the community and those developing and designing the various products. 


Click HERE to view the proposed zoning ordinance change from the City and Click HERE for a map of the developments toured.  We would like to thank the City of Marietta Council Members, City Staff and Council for Quality Growth Members for their participation and engaging dialogue on the proposed zoning ordinance.  We look forward to working with City as the ordinance moves through the process.

Council Seeks Input From Members Working in Clayton County For Development Review Process Audit
The Council's planning and zoning consultant, Jahnee Prince, is conducting an audit of the Clayton County Development Review Process and Ordinances. You are invited to participate in this important project to improve Clayton County's Community Development Department. 

Please contact Jahnee Prince at the Collaborative Firm at or (404) 684-7031 to participate. 
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.
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April 9, 2015

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

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
2015 Fulton County 
State of the County Address
April 30

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2015 Forsyth County 
State of the County Address
May 7

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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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