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Educational Events

    • July 24, 2017
    • 6:00 PM


    IMPORTANT

    • Register via Eventbrite ASAP. This event will sell out soon!
    • Then, register here if you want to meet up with other UXATL members

    PROGRAM

    • Doors Open at 6 p.m.
    • Program Starts at 7 p.m.

    Presentation of Agenda

    • Next Steps
    • Questions and Answers
    • Networking // Learning // Cocktail Hour

    Special thanks to the Our Future Atlanta collaboration teams at the Center for Civic Innovation, the Partnership for Southern Equity, and Pro Georgia.

    ABOUT

    We are about to make history. When the next Mayor of the City of Atlanta takes office there will be an inclusive Quality of Life (QoL) Agenda accompanying them that will address the issues brought up by months of surveys, in-person interviews, and working groups - the combined the voice of nearly 2,000 Atlantans who want to see change in how they experience life in Atlanta. On Monday, July 24, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Gathering Spot, we will unveil the QoL Agenda in front of the mayoral candidates and solicit their feedback about what they will do to implement it. Join us as we celebrate your work, ideas, insights, and ventings. Let's create Our Future Atlanta together!

    • July 24, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 640 West Community Cafe, 640 Evans Street Southwest, West End, Atlanta, GA, 30310


    This event also will he held on July 25 at the MARTA Headquarters near Lindberg Station. If you would like to meet up with other UXATL members please register here. Thank you.

    • 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Open House
    • 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Presentation and Question & Answer Session
    • 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Continue Q&A or resume Open House format

    ABOUT

    The City of Atlanta is updating the Connect Atlanta Plan, its first comprehensive transportation plan adopted in 2008. The result will be Atlanta's Transportation Plan, which will support the long-term vision of the Atlanta City Design effort and provide policy and project recommendations to build a world class, sustainable transportation system that addresses congestion in our growing and evolving city. Atlanta's Transportation Plan will leverage local funding sources through the MARTA and T-SPLOST sales taxes and the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program. The plan also ties into regional and federal funding opportunities through the Atlanta Regional Commission.

    • July 25, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • MARTA Headquarters, 2424 Piedmont Road Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia, 3032


    This event also will he held on July 24 at 640 West Community Cafe in West End. If you would like to meet up with other UXATL members please register here. Thank you.

    • 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Open House
    • 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Presentation and Question & Answer Session
    • 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Continue Q&A or resume Open House format

    ABOUT

    The City of Atlanta is updating the Connect Atlanta Plan, its first comprehensive transportation plan adopted in 2008. The result will be Atlanta's Transportation Plan, which will support the long-term vision of the Atlanta City Design effort and provide policy and project recommendations to build a world class, sustainable transportation system that addresses congestion in our growing and evolving city. Atlanta's Transportation Plan will leverage local funding sources through the MARTA and T-SPLOST sales taxes and the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program. The plan also ties into regional and federal funding opportunities through the Atlanta Regional Commission.

    • July 27, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • 250 Williams Street NW, Atlanta 30303


    PLEASE register online here first. Then, if you would like to meet up with other UXATL member, register via this event listing. Thank you.

    ABOUT THE MEETING

    Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District want to keep you informed about all things Downtown. To stay connected, don't miss our next Town Hall meeting on July 27. All are invited to attend this informal, public event that is intended to keep the community "in the know."

    You can expect the agenda to be lively, comprehensive and efficient, featuring a broad range of topics from public safety to public spaces, what's entertaining and where it's happening.

    The second CAP/ADID Town Hall Meeting of 2017 will be held on Thursday, July 27 in the theater of the American Cancer Society Center. 

    • 7:30 a.m. Coffee and networking begins
    • 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Town Hall Program   

    The American Cancer Society Center is located at 250 Williams Street NW. Guests can enter the building on Baker Street, and the Theater is located on Street Level - (S) from the parking garage entrance. The building is just a short walk from the Carnegie at Spring and Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta Streetcar stops and the Peachtree Center MARTA Rail Station.  

    While we encourage you to walk, bike, take MARTA or hop on the Atlanta Streetcar, parking is available in the American Cancer Society Center's garage, located at 250 Williams Street NW.  

    ABOUT CAP

    Central Atlanta Progress, Inc., founded in 1941, is a private nonprofit community development organization providing leadership, programs and services to preserve and strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown Atlanta. With a board of directors of Downtown’s top business leaders, CAP is funded through the investment of businesses and institutions.

    Capacity Inc. is a special purpose, not-for-profit corporation sponsored by and affiliated with Central Atlanta Progress (CAP). Capacity was created in 1972 and designed to qualify as a public, tax-exempt, charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CAP's officers are the officers of Capacity and CAP’s executive committee members are the directors of Capacity.

    The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, founded in 1995 by Central Atlanta Progress, is a public-private partnership that strives to create a livable environment for Downtown Atlanta. With a board of directors of nine private- and public-sector leaders, ADID is funded through a community improvement district. The District currently contains 220 blocks within an area generally bounded by North Avenue on the north, Memorial Drive on the south, Piedmont Avenue and the Downtown Connector on the east, and the Norfolk-Southern rail line on the west, but providing services all the way to Northside Drive.

    • August 10, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • MODA, 315 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309


    Join us  for a special Design Conversation with designer, educator, and creative director, Brian Collins, as he talks about design and innovation. You must purchase your ticket online from MODA.

    BRIAN COLLINS

    Over his career, Brian Collins has won every major creative award. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Creativity, Fortune, Rolling Stone, Creative Review, Graphis, NBC News, ABC News and Fast Company, which named him one of five American Masters of Design.

    For ten years prior to the founding of COLLINS, Brian was Chief Creative Officer of the Brand Integration Group (BIG), the design and innovation division at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. His clients included IBM, Motorola, The Ford Motor Company, Goldman Sachs, AT&T, Vera Wang and American Express.

    Prior, he was Creative Director at FCB / San Francisco where he lead work for Levi Strauss & Co., Amazon.com, MTV, Janus Funds and the Walt Disney Company.

    Brian speaks globally on design and innovation. He was the first graphic designer invited to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    Brian was made a Distinguished Alumna of the Massachusetts College of Art in 2004 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Center College of Design in 2008. In 2013 he was selected to represent the United States at Beijing Design Week and, in 2014, at Moscow Design Week.

    Brian is Vice President of the Art Directors Club. He has been a professor in the Graduate Design Program of the School of Visual Arts in New York City since 2001.

    He lives in a very big building by a small pond in New York City and a very small house by a very big ocean on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

    Source: Collins' Website

    • September 14, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • TBA


    Posting this as a matter of public interest for members and friend of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. Please register here if you would like to meet up with other Urban Explorers at or after the Beltline Quarterly Briefing. Thank you.

    About

    In this public meeting Atlanta BeltLine, Inc (ABI) will be providing project updates including a brief introduction to the Atlanta BeltLine. Following these updates, ABI will host a panel discussion about the current conditions and challenges of affordable workforce housing locally and nationally. The panel will address the strategies and programs that are being used to increase affordable workforce housing development. We hope you can join us for this conversation.

    • Directions to the meeting
    • Pre-register here for faster check-in

    Itinerary

    • 6:00PM, Attend Atlanta BeltLine Quarterly Briefing
    • 8:30PM, Optional get-together at TBA
    Links
    • September 27, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Details sent to those who register


    This event has limited space. Please do not wait to register. If it is showing full, please add your name to the wait list. Non-members, please consider joining to save money.

    'Walk & Talk' is hosted by Urban Explorers of Atlanta.  These unique events provide our members and guests with an opportunity to walk and learn from through leaders who are helping to shape Atlanta's future. 

    Our guest on Sept 27 will be Ryan Gravel. This will be the fourth time Ryan has spoken to members of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. Previous events took place at Kevin Rathbun Steak on 8/11/15; our UXTV interview on 9/01/15 and at Madre & Mason on 5/26/16.

    THE PLAN*

    • 5:30, 6-:00, Cocktail reception at secret location on Eastside Trail
    • 6:00 - 7:00pm, Dinner w/ Ryan Gravel at secret location on Eastside Trail
    • 7:00 - 9:00pm, Walk & Talk along the Eastside Trail + extension south of Irwin if open, which it should be

    * Meeting location and event details such as route, topics to be covered, etc will be sent to those who register.

    ABOUT RYAN GRAVEL

    Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, is an urban planner, designer, and author working on site design, infrastructure, concept development, and public policy as the founding principal at Sixpitch. His master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that with fifteen years of progress, is changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Now a $4 billion public-private investment in the early stages of implementation, the project’s health and economic benefits are already evident through record-breaking use of its first section of mainline trail and $3.1 billion of private sector redevelopment since 2005.

    Ryan has received numerous awards and press related to his work on the Atlanta Beltline and tells his story internationally, but an essential aspect of his work is yet to come. Alongside project work at Sixpitch and research on similar “catalyst infrastructure” projects around the world, he makes a compelling case about what this movement means and why it matters. In his book, “Where We Want to Live,” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), Ryan investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.

    Source: https://ryangravel.com/

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    Ryan’s story has made ink in the New York Times, Wall Street JournalMonocleCityLabCNN InternationalUSA Today, and Esquire Magazine. He has been listed among the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine, 2014; the GOOD 100 by GOOD Magazine, 2013; “Visionary Bureaucrat” by Streetsblog, 2012; and “Top 25 Newsmakers” of 2011 by Engineering News-Record. He received an “Emerging Voices” citation from the AIA-Atlanta, 2011; Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, 2007; and was called one of “45 Atlantans We Love” by Atlanta Magazine, 2006; one of “40-under-40″ from the Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2006; and on of the “Best & Brightest” by Esquire Magazine, 2006. Other honors include a Special Award of Recognition from AIA-Atlanta, 2005; and Golden Shoe Award for pedestrian-friendly research from PEDS, 2003.

    Ryan serves on boards for the Partnership for Southern Equity and the MillionMile Greenway. He serves on the Urban Land Institute Atlanta’s Liveable Community Council and the Lifecycle Building Center’s Advisory Board.



    • November 02, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • TBA


    Posting this as a matter of public interest for members and friend of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. Please register here if you would like to meet up with other Urban Explorers at or after the Beltline Quarterly Briefing. Thank you.

    About

    In this public meeting Atlanta BeltLine, Inc (ABI) will be providing project updates including a brief introduction to the Atlanta BeltLine. Following these updates, ABI will host a panel discussion about the current conditions and challenges of affordable workforce housing locally and nationally. The panel will address the strategies and programs that are being used to increase affordable workforce housing development. We hope you can join us for this conversation.

    • Directions to the meeting
    • Pre-register here for faster check-in

    Itinerary

    • 6:00PM, Attend Atlanta BeltLine Quarterly Briefing
    • 8:30PM, Optional get-together at TBA
    Links