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The Atlanta Regional Commission will be holding a ‘pop-up open house’ at the Conyers Rockdale Arts Council, 910 Center St. in Conyers, on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Regional Commission will be holding a “pop-up open house” at the Conyers Rockdale Arts Council, 910 Center St. in Conyers, on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. It will offer an engaging, interactive way for residents to provide input on a major update to the Atlanta Region’s plan, the region’s long-range blueprint that details the investments needed to ensure metro Atlanta’s future success.

“These pop-up open houses are a terrific way for residents to learn about the region’s long-range plan and tell us about the kind of community they want – one, two and even three decades down the line,” said Mike Alexander, director of ARC’s Center for Livable Communities. “It’s critically important that we receive meaningful feedback on the Atlanta Region’s plan from a diverse cross-section of residents.”

Rockdale is one of five locations where the ARC is conducting the open houses from Oct. 4 — Nov. 2. Open houses will also be held in Clayton, Cobb and Gwinnett counties, as well as the city of Atlanta.

At the open house, residents can:

♦ Explore the Atlanta region’s future through hands-on activities, including an online scenario planning game and a “living infographic” station where residents can give feedback on their biggest desires and concerns for the region.

♦ Learn about key regional issues, such as advances in transportation technology and innovative efforts to address the region’s housing affordability challenges.

♦ Search an online database to learn about transportation projects that are planned throughout the region over the next 30 years.

The Atlanta Region’s plan incorporates a range of planning and programmatic elements, including transportation, community development, natural resources, workforce development and aging & independence services. The plan aims to improve mobility, create vibrant, walkable communities, ensure a clean, abundant water supply, and meet the needs of the region’s population of older adults and disabled individuals.

The Atlanta Region’s plan is regularly updated, with major updates like the one currently underway taking place every four years. The plan update is set to be approved by the ARC Board in February.

Other ways to get involved in the Atlanta Region’s Plan include:

♦ Future Focus, an interactive online game where players explore nine major issues that a panel of experts convened by ARC says will affect metro Atlanta’s future and then make a series of choices about the what kind of a future they believe lies ahead.

An ARC Civic Dinner, where 5-10 people share their thoughts about the region’s future, over a meal.

A performance by the Dad’s Garage teen improv group, where teens will envision what life will be like in metro Atlanta in 2050. Date and other details to come.

The Atlanta Regional Commission is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 73 other cities. The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.