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ARC Bylaws to be Changed: Make Your Voice Heard

What:      Atlanta Regional Commission is updating their governing bylaws When:     Wednesday, August 27, 2014 , 1:00 PM Where:    Loudermilk Center,  40 Courtland Street, NE, Level C , Atlanta, GA CRITICAL BYLAWS ISSUES Bylaws don’t provide term limits for appointed members. Some citizen members have served for 15 years. Past and current ARC Chairmen are appointed


Cobb Chairman Blocks Public Comment on Lobbyist Contract

By Field Searcy Last Tuesday night, the Cobb Board of Commissioners approved a contract for $168,000 to the local firm Garrett McNatt Hennessey & Carpenter to lobby for federal government grants and influence at the state capitol.  Moments earlier the BOC had closed out public comment on any topic after hearing 12 supporters shower praise,


Tax bill offers flexibility

By Kyle Wingfield, AJC, February 16, 2014 Everyone seems to agree we need more transportation infrastructure. Most people acknowledge that will cost money. No one wants to raise taxes. Passing off new “revenue” as something other than a tax is old hat for our legislators. But there is one case in which they could pass


Will commuter rail help?

4:00 pm February 10, 2014, by tsabulis Moderated by Tom Sabulis With another winter storm forecast for metro Atlanta today, we present alternate views on what a commuter rail network could do for the region, and whether the state should find the money — and consensus — to implement one. Commenting is open. Commuter rail


Thinking about interdependence

Posted: 7:00 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 By Andre Jackson – Editorial Board,  Atlanta Journal Constitution Having duly celebrated on Thursday this nation’s long-ago parting of ways with England, it can be worthwhile now to examine a more local application of independence. The word is often mentioned here in a local context. There’s no doubt


Low expectations for congestion relief

Atlanta Journal Constitution June 2, 2013 By Field Searcy With trust in government in short supply, finding a way to handle critical road projects that actually relieve traffic congestion in metro Atlanta is desperately needed. We at the Transportation Leadership Coalition (TLC) are glad to see our state government finally addressing credible projects like the


People are thinking more local, less centralized

Atlanta Journal Constitution May 2, 2013  By Kyle Wingfield One of the biggest hindrances to last summer’s T-SPLOST referendum existed before a single project was added to the list or vote was cast. That flaw was the very concept of regionalism, an element at the heart of the law authorizing the 1 percent sales tax


The Debate on Regionalism is Heating Up

Last month, grassroots volunteers attended a forum on regionalism sponsored by the AJC and PNC Bank.  The panel featured Steve Brown, Eva Galambos, Tad Leithead, and Ellen Mayer.  A number of you attended, wore Repeal Regionalism buttons and handed out information flyers which directed people to the www.RepealRegionalism.com website.  Our presence and website got a brief mention


Transportation Leadership Coalition Changes Tack, Launches RepealRegionalism.com

Media Contact Field Searcy 678-525-7072 T-SPLOST proponents kick off a new strategy, Transportation Leadership Coalition responds. March, 28, 2013, Roswell, GA – Last night, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and PNC Bank hosted a community forum on Regionalism.  According to the event marketing, the forum was a direct response to the failure of the transportation sales tax


TLC Supports Fayette County Board of Commissioners’ Request to Withdraw from Concept 3 Regional Transportation Plan

MEDIA ADVISORY Media Contact Jack Staver 404-861-0711 Field Searcy 678-525-7072 Regional transportation plan fit into a larger agenda of regional governance that strips local control, home rule. March 14, 2013, Roswell, GA – Fayette County, Georgia, will be the first county in Atlanta’s ten-county metropolitan planning organization requesting to be officially removed from the Concept

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