1. Relocate Council Offices
2. Empower/Energize the Board
3. Expand Membership
4. Improve Communications
5. Improve Programs and Education
6. Establish Foundation 501(c)3
I am pleased to report that the Council achieved each of those goals and more:
- Moving the office from Gwinnett to Perimeter, creating a new logo and improving communications were critical to our core mission of effectively promoting balanced and responsible growth in the Metro Atlanta region.
- Each of our programs exceeded expectations for attendance, sponsorship, notoriety and content.
- The Council was the chosen forum through which Kennesaw State University introduced its new football coach and the Atlanta Falcons unveiled its plans for a new billion-dollar stadium.
- We showcased redevelopment efforts in Cobb and Gwinnett, highlighted the achievements of all of the Metro CIDs and honored an Atlanta legend, John Portman, with the prestigious Four Pillar Award.
- In addition, we held quarterly meetings with topics of regional importance, hosted our first Capitol Legislative Luncheon and our 9th Meet & Greet which was attended by more than 50 local elected officials.
- We hosted panels to discuss renewed development in Buckhead, the repositioning of Atlantic Station and the new development of Avalon in Alpharetta.
- We also coordinated such regional forums as State of DeKalb County, State of Cherokee County, State of Gwinnett County and the State of Forsyth County to highlight their successes and foster regional cooperation.
- Our membership and event sponsors grew in number, type, diversity and value to achieve levels not seen since before the Great Recession.
- The Council’s involvement with state and local issues has never been more effective:
- Each week our Advisory Committees reached deeper into understanding and resolving a wide variety of city and county issues.
- We hosted our first planning session in which seven county planning directors and three city planning directors gathered at the Council’s new offices to compare notes, and organize the vision for the first Planning Directors Forum to take place at the Council for Quality Growth offices in January, 2014.
- We restructured the organization’s bylaws and formed a new 501c(3) entity, Quality Growth Institute.
Much work lies ahead, but as we reflect on 2013, we are thankful. It has been a year full of milestones and achievements thanks to the vision of the Executive Committee, the support of the Board, the diligence of the Officers and Task Forces and the tireless and committed work of an incredibly dedicated staff. It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve as Chairman this year. Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of this year’s successes. I am gratified to know that the tree will continue to grow strong in the years to come with the extraordinary efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers and staff who are committed to nurturing and protecting it. Their work honors those who planted the seed.