Council for Quality Growth Co-Hostswith  Snellville Urban Redevelopment Agency: Snellville Visioning Forum 

Please join the Council for Quality Growth and the Snellville Urban Redevelopment Authority for a free Program, Lunch and Visioning Forum and Discussion hosted in conjunction with the Snellville Commerce Club on May 5th, 2015 from 9:45am - 1:00pm at Snellville City Hall.

The Forum will consist of presentations and discussions with:


Jessica Guinn, Community Development Director, City of Woodstock

Matt Teauge, Development Director, Walton Communities

Bill de St. Aubin, CEO, The Sizemore Group

Lyn Menne, Assistant City Manager, City of Decatur

Rick Porter, Adjunct Professor, Ga. Tech and President, Richport Properties

As the City looks to grow and expand for the future with opportunities like the Town Center, what actions and engagement are required of the citizens and leaders to attract a new generation of residents and jobs alike? What opportunities are available to the City and what have other similar communities around the Region achieved when faced with these same questions?

Join us for an all-star panel of industry leaders and experts as we discuss the future of Snellville and the stories of vision, collaboration and successes from around the region.


Council Board Member North Futon CID Executive Director Ann Hanlon Publishes Op-Ed in AJC: Transit Options Help Feed Boom

Like all Community Improvement Districts in Metro Atlanta, the North Fulton CID prides itself on being a catalyst for change.

And like all CIDs in this region, we have supported our market through the ebbs and flows of the recent economy - using that precious time during the economic downturn to build projects and make plans for when the boom started back.

And in North Fulton, the boom is back.


The last few quarters have yielded so many success stories for the North Fulton market, including announcements for corporate expansions and relocations from Mercedes-Benz, State Farm, FiServ, Halyard Health, and Comcast to name a few. Ours is a thriving market with an educated workforce and good leadership.


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Tribute to Sandy Springs Founding Mayor Eva Galambos
The Council for Quality Growth would like to offer our condolences to the family of Eva Galambos, Sandy Springs' founding mayor. She was a visionary and a leader in the region and made it a better place to live.

Mayor Galambos passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015 after a fight with cancer. She was 87 years old.

Mayor Galambos, a native of Berlin, Germany, earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Georgia, a master's degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois, and a doctorate in economics from Georgia State University. 

Mayor Galambos was elected mayor of Sandy Springs in November 2005. She also served the Sandy Springs community as founder of the Sandy Springs Revitalization, Sandy Springs Clean and Beautiful, and chaired the services committee for the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods. She also served as president of the Committee for Sandy Springs from 1975 until 2005, which sought to incorporate Sandy Springs. She served as mayor from 2005 until 2013. 

Council Thanks Spring 2015 Policy Intern for a Great Semester
The Council for Quality Growth would like to thank our Spring 2015 Policy Intern, Jessica Shiotelis, for a great semester! From the whole team, best wishes on all your future endeavors! 

Council for Quality Growth's DeKalb Development Services Fiscal Oversight Committee Approved 

On Tuesday, April 14, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved the DeKalb Development Services Fiscal Oversight Committee submissions from Int. CEO after two years of working with citizens and members of the development industry, through stakeholder committees and outside consultants, as part of a previously passed (on January 13, 2015) much needed Development Services package that continues to show DeKalb's commitment to economic development and sound fiscal policies.

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. 

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
  • Georgia Water Professionals Association        

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! 
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,

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 23, 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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