A new survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) aims to find out what is important to regional residents when it comes to ensuring that metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, attracts and retains the best workforce possible and continues to be a great place to live.

The survey offers a chance for citizens to prioritize six goals identified by the ARC Board: developing a highly skilled workforce; ensuring a secure water supply; building a comprehensive transportation system; creating walkable, vibrant neighborhoods; becoming an innovation and technology hub; and improving access to arts, recreation and a healthy quality of life.

Input from the survey will be used to help ARC develop The Regional Plan of investment strategies and performance metrics that will guide public policies and investments related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, an aging population and health resources.

The survey is visual, interactive and brief. It allows for open-ended comments throughout, including the ability to suggest new priorities not yet identified. This is the first of three surveys that ARC will conduct over the course of updating the Regional Plan, set to be adopted in the spring of 2016. This first Regional Plan survey is available at www.atlantaregional.com/TheRegionalPlan and is open until the end of September 2014.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.