Ten Challenges for the Atlanta Region

Maintaining metro Atlanta's quality of life is key. So is remaining a leader in the global economy. The ARC has identified these ten challenges as instrumental to reaching our goals as a region.

people getting on MARTA train

For the Atlanta region to remain economically competitive in the future, we need a comprehensive transportation network that includes a robust portfolio of mobility options, including well-funded regional transit. Employers are increasingly making corporate location decisions based on factors that include easy access to transit for employees. Learn More

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Transportation technology is changing rapidly. Cutting-edge advancements are headed our way, experts say, such as self-driving vehicles, “smart” signals that optimize traffic flow, and connected cars that “talk” to each other and avoid collisions. Learn More

freight ship

Because of its size and its position as a crossroads for highway, rail, air, and ocean-going goods, the Atlanta region is the Southeast’s most important freight hub. And that reputation will certainly continue in the future. Learn More

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The Atlanta region is one of the fastest-growing in the nation because it is a leader in jobs growth, attracting thousands of new residents each year to a wide range of professions. At the same time, our highly educated workforce consistently attracts new employers to locate here. Learn More

colorful houses

Atlanta is known as an affordable metro area. But for many, it’s challenging to live near work. And that’s adding to the region’s infamous traffic problems. Housing is generally considered affordable if a family spends less than 30% of its income on rent or a mortgage and other housing costs. By that definition, most metro Atlanta neighborhoods are not affordable for families earning less than $50,000 a year. Learn More

boxes that say online shopping sitting on laptop

Online retailers have disrupted brick-and-mortar stores, and now they’re changing city traffic patterns and land use as well. E-commerce has grown to such an extent, say retail and logistics experts, that metro Atlanta and other big cities will have to grapple with vacant storefronts, new types of warehouses, and changing delivery routes. The rapid pace of change will challenge transportation and urban planners to keep up. Learn More

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For many of us, there were crucial moments – when a parent revealed the wonders of a library or a teacher opened the door to a bigger world – that set us on the course to literacy and vital careers. Learn More

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Securing a clean, abundant water supply is vital to the Atlanta region’s economic future. This is critically important as metro Atlanta continues to grow. The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, staffed by ARC, forecasts the 15-county region will add nearly 3 million people by 2050. Learn More