Council for Quality Growth Co-Hosts 2015 Forsyth State of the County Address with Cumming-Forsyth Chamber 
The Council for Quality Growth partnered with the Cumming- Forsyth Chamber of Commerce  to co-host the 2015 Forsyth State of the County Address on Thursday, May 7. 

Forsyth County Commission Chairman Pete Amos and Forsyth County Board of Education Chairman Darla Light addressed more than 200 guests at the event.

Chairman Amos highlighted many of the county's successes in public safety, transportation issues, and education issues. 

Chairman Light followed Chairman Amos' address with a presentation detailing the county's school system successes, including Forsyth County's rank as number one in the state for highest graduation rate and highest district SAT score. 

Click HERE to view Chairman Light's presentation. 

Council for Quality Growth and the Snellville Urban Redevelopment Authority Co-Host Snellville Visioning Forum 

On Tuesday, May 5, The Council for Quality Growth and the Snellville Urban Redevelopment Authority successfully co-hosted the Snellville Visioning Forum. 


More than 50 guests gathered at Snellville's city hall to engage in a discussion with City of Woodstock Community Development Director Jessica Guinn, Walton Communities Development Director Matt Teague, Sizemore Group CEO Bill de St. Aubin, City of Decatur Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne and Rick Porter, President of Richport Properties and Georgia Tech Adjunct Professor.  


The presentations and discussions focused primarily on the development of a town center in Snellville. 


Click HERE to view the presentation.  


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Council for Quality Growth Hosts May DeKalb Advisory Committee Meeting with Councilman Bates Mattison 
The Council for Quality Growth hosted more than 20 guests at the April DeKalb Advisory Committee Meeting at Brookhaven City Hall. 

Brookhaven City Councilman Bates Mattison addressed attendees about several important matters facing the city, including the city's budget, education options, transportation trends, and population demographic trends and predictions. 

The Council would like to thank FrogueClark for sponsoring the breakfast. 

Council for Quality Growth Co-Hosts First Ever Fulton State of the County Address with the North Fulton Chamber and South Fulton Chamber
The Council for Quality Growth partnered with the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce to co-host the first ever Fulton State of the County Address on Thursday, April 30. 

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves addressed nearly 300 guests at the event, where he spoke on a variety of issues such as county government efficiency, bipartisanship between the county's Democratic and Republican commissioners, and constituent services. Chairman Eaves assured attendees that the commission is united in its commitment to improving public safety, health care, and senior services. 

Chairman Eaves highlighted some of the commissions' 2015 successes thus far, including an agreement on a multi-million dollar general fund budget, the hiring of successful businessman Dick Anderson as county manager and the election of bipartisan leadership within the commission. 

Chairman Eaves also voiced support of a one-cent transportation sales tax, which Fulton County voters rejected three years ago. He also highlighted the county's goal of reducing county spending by $100 million throughout the next decade, stating that both Republicans and Democrats want a more efficient government. 

Click HERE to read the Atlanta Journal Constitution's coverage of the event. 

Click HERE to view the Atlanta Business Chronicle's coverage of the event. 

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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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.
May 8, 2015

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

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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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