Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) President and CEO Brian McGowan has taken a new job as CEO of Greater Seattle Partners in Seattle, Washington. McGowan had been on the job for less than a year, replacing Paul Morris. In a statement to the media, ABI said McGowan “has made an immense impact not only on ABI, but on the city of Atlanta as a whole. From his instrumental role in transforming Invest Atlanta, to his leadership at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Brian has brought economic development experience on a global scale to his role as head of ABI. In his short term, Brian cultivated a collaborative culture and welcomed ABI’s partners and stakeholders to the table. He augmented the staff with strong leaders, creating a solid, healthy organization that is poised to succeed even in his absence.” A search for the next CEO will begin immediately.

The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) has announced that the Park over GA400 received a $600K funding grant from Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, a grant program administered by the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA). The funding will go towards topographic and utility survey work that could begin as early as September, the results of which will be required for the park project engineering to move forward.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has been appointed by the United States Conference of Mayors to be the new Chair of the Community Development and Housing Committee. The Committee’s role is critical in helping the Conference define its strategy and policy on matters of housing, affordability and economic development.

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.