Crowds mill outside the What’s Next ATL podcast booth at the 2018 ARC State of the Region Breakfast.

Metro Atlanta’s Top Issues in 2019—According to its Leaders

Episode #6 | December 13, 2018 | 13 minutes

For this bonus podcast episode, we asked leaders from around the region to tell us what they see as the biggest issues facing the Atlanta region for 2019. From affordable housing, to transportation, to jobs and more, they gave us an earful. The Guests Christopher Tomlinson, executive director, SRTA and GRTA; executive director, the Atlanta-Region … Continue Reading →

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The Data Cup: How Does Metro Atlanta Match Up with Metro Portland?

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | December 6, 2018

As Atlanta United prepares to meet the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup this weekend – we can already hear Five Stripes supporters firing up their beloved “A-T-L!” chant – we decided to compare these two proud metro areas where it really matters: the data. We’ll use the penalty shootout format here, with one data … Continue Reading →

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Metro ATL, a Region of Transplants, Has Fallen Hard for Atlanta United

By Kate Sweeney and Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | December 4, 2018

Atlanta would never embrace soccer, many critics scoffed, when the city was awarded an MLS franchise a few years ago. Um, just how wrong was that analysis? A recent story from CNN explores how Atlanta United has captured the city’s heart and, err, united this growing, diverse region. The team is preparing for its first … Continue Reading →