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 Transit Link Authority (ATL)

Anthony Rodriguez, co-founder and producing artistic director, Aurora Theatre

June Wood, Chair, Henry County Commission

David Dreyer, Georgia State Representative, District 59

Jordyne Krumroy, regional manager, Welcoming America

Resources for this Episode

Aurora Theatre

Henry County Chamber of Commerce


The Atlanta-Regional Transit Link Authority (The ATL)

Affordable Housing

Regional Housing Strategy—A cross-sector partnership to help local governments better understand their housing challenges and begin to address them using actionable and innovative strategies

House ATL—A group of civic leaders convened by the Blank Foundation and ULI Atlanta. Focused on a shared and complete set of policies and adequate funding to address housing affordability in Atlanta

The Atlanta Regional Housing Forum—Housing experts, advocates, and stakeholders who gather quarterly to discuss regional housing issues and solutions

The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing—Three-year program through UGA and the state Department for Community Affairs that helps communities improve their quality of life and economic vitality through locally-driven housing and revitalization strategies

Atlanta Regional Housing Task Force—Quarterly meeting of cities, counties, and housing authorities to share data, resources, and innovative solutions related to housing


Welcoming Atlanta—Aimed at ensuring our immigrant and refugee neighbors are seamlessly integrated into the fabric of our community, as we continue to build a multicultural city that attracts families and businesses from around the world

What’s Next ATL, produced by the Atlanta Regional Commission, is a community resource that explores how metro Atlanta is growing and changing, and how the region is addressing its most pressing challenges.