Engaging Metro Atlanta’s International Community in Regional Planning

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the region’s long-term planning agency, is seeking input from Atlanta’s international community to help us plan for our region’s future. We are forming a Global Advisory Panel to ensure that the region’s dynamic, vibrant international community is well-represented at the regional planning table. ARC wants to hear about your experiences, listen to your insights and become informed about your needs.

What is ARC’s New Voices program?

The New Voices initiative aims to make ARC’s regional planning efforts more inclusive. New Voices began in 2014 by engaging the region’s fast-growing Millennial population. ARC created a Millennial Advisory Panel, whose members provided valuable input on a range of key regional issues, from transportation to education. The feedback helped inform ARC’s long-range blueprint for the region, the Atlanta Region’s Plan.

The Purpose of the Global Advisory Panel is to:

The New Voices Global Advisory Panel is supported by a diverse leadership team.


The deadline for applications is Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Questions? Email us at newvoices@atlantaregional.com.


  • At ARC-hosted events, you will network with key regional leaders, including elected officials, and a diverse group of community leaders from throughout the metro Atlanta region.
  • You will have opportunities to influence regional planning by presenting your ideas about metro Atlanta’s future to ARC Board members and other elected leaders.

You will be asked to:

  • Participate in three meet-up events during 2017, where you’ll learn about ARC’s planning areas and identify key questions ARC leaders should be asking about the future of metro Atlanta.
  • Identify specific needs in your community based on your key questions about metro Atlanta’s future.
  • Learn how to engage your community in discussions about the key questions you have identified.
  • Present recommendations to ARC board members and other influential regional leaders that address key regional issues

At the end of the year, a publication detailing the Global Advisory Panel’s insights, experience and calls to action will be presented to ARC board members, state and local elected officials, nonprofit leaders and business executives.

Your association with ARC will not end when the year is up. You will become a valued part of ARC’s leadership community, and you will have the opportunity to remain engaged in a range of regional planning activities.

Anyone who affiliates themselves with an international community and seeks the opportunity to influence metro Atlanta’s long-range planning efforts.

ARC will recruit a diverse and talented group of leaders and emerging leaders to serve on the panel. In order to form a group with varied experiences, evaluation of applicants will consider the following:

  • Geographic diversity within the 10-county region
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Interests
  • Work experience
  • Levels of education

Apply to the Global Advisory Panel

Thank you for your interest in ARC’s New Voices Global Advisory Panel. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 3, 2017, at 5 PM. The first meet-up for the panel will be March 20, 2017, 5:30-8:30 PM. Please hold that time open on your calendar.

Questions? Emails us at newvoices@atlantaregional.com.