A forum for big initiatives and big ideas
Movers, Shakers and Policymakers Breakfasts provide opportunities for civic, business, nonprofit and elected leaders to congregate around metro Atlanta's most pressing issues and most promising opportunities. Past briefings have included Water Sustains All: An Update on the Water Wars and Making Sense of the One-Cent: The Economic and Community Impact of Transit Investment.
Coming up May 7, Creative Placemaking: Where Art, Economy and Community Intersect with Carol Coletta, president of ArtPlace, a national initiative to accelerate creative placemaking by investing in art and culture as a means for driving vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities. Check back for details and registration.
Local voices driving regional change
Throughout the year, Civic League staff and volunteers host conversations in libraries, community centers, churches and city halls around the region to find out where residents stand on opportunities and challenges related to land use and transportation, sustainability, education and other critical topics. Doing more with less is the new reality for cities and regions, so these forums focus on identifying priorities and the trade-offs citizens are willing to accept in order to achieve those priorities.
Check back for upcoming dates and locations. Click here for reports from past forums.
Helping community groups turn information into action
Neighborhood Nexus is a free, online community intelligence system that is building capacity and providing access to data, research and knowledge to support a culture of data-driven decision-making in the Atlanta region. The Neighborhood Nexus database houses more than 500 demographic indicators and gives users the ability to map this data at the neighborhood level. All of this information is available at no charge at www.neighborhoodnexus.org.
Neighborhood Nexus partners are the Atlanta Regional Commission, Emory University, Georgia State University, The Civic League for Regional Atlanta and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
Local leaders thinking regionally.
Once a year, the Civic League teams up with the Regional Business Coalition to convene the region’s local leadership groups for an intense day at the State Capitol. Participants drill down on a timely regional issue, learning the facts and figures from specialists in the field, and the politics from elected officials with differing points of view. After weighing the available policy options – and sometimes coming up with new ones of their own – these up-and-coming leaders work toward consensus and conclude with a recommendation.
10-County Town Hall on Transportation, Growth and the Future of Metro Atlanta (July 2011) – More than 200 metro Atlantans spent a Saturday morning talking about their concerns and priorities for metro Atlanta over the next 30 years. Want to know what they told us? Read the report here.
The Neighborhood Summit (2009-2011) – For three years the Civic League convened this annual conference for 400+ community leaders working to build stronger, smarter, healthier, better communities. Now housed at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Neighborhood Summit continues to thrive and the Civic League is proud to remain an active partner.