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Published on June 9th, 2015 |

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Buckhead CID’s Jim Durrett to address June 11 BBA meeting

The Buckhead Business Association will likely get an update June 11 on Buckhead projects ranging from the continuation of the Peachtree Road Transformation Project, to the newly re-opened Charlie Loudermilk Park, a new schedule for the Buc shuttle service, the PATH 400 trail and the vision for a new park over GA 400 at the Buckhead MARTA station.

Jim Durrett speaking at a recent forum in Buckhead.

Jim Durrett speaking at a recent forum in Buckhead.

Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) Executive Director Jim Durrett will be the principal speaker at the BBA’s Thursday morning breakfast meeting this week at 7:30 a.m. at The City Club of Buckhead, on the 18th floor of 3343 Peachtree Road N.E.

The Buckhead CID is a governmental entity with taxation power and a mission to create a more accessible and livable urban environment in the heart of the Buckhead commercial area in north Atlanta. The BCID meets the challenges of growth by investing tax dollars collected from commercial property owners within the district, as well as other funds they leverage from outside the district, to make meaningful improvements in the transportation network and public realm that connect people and places.

Durrett has in-depth expertise in transportation, land use and creating livable communities. Prior to heading up the Buckhead CID, he was founding executive director of the Livable Communities Coalition, a not-for-profit organization formed in 2005 to promote smart growth development in the Atlanta region.

Prior to that, Durrett served for five years with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an organization dedicated to land use and real estate development issues, as the founding executive director of ULI’s Atlanta District Council. In addition, Durrett was with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as the vice president of environmental affairs, and was the senior vice president and chief operating officer of The Georgia Conservancy.

Durrett began his professional career as a hydrogeologist in the DeKalb County office of Golder Associates, an international geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting firm.

Durrett is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the following boards and councils: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) board of directors (which he chaired in 2011); Council for Quality Growth board of directors; Project for Public Spaces Placemaking Leadership Council; Biophilic Institute executive board; Livable Communities Council of ULI Atlanta executive committee; and Project Interconnections board of directors.

The cost of attending the BBA breakfast meetings is $10 for members who register in advance and $12 at the door. For visitors and guests, the cost is $20. Included in the cost is a continental breakfast and free validated self-parking.

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