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Published on July 7th, 2015 |


Livable Buckhead executive director to address BBA event July 9

Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the July 9 breakfast meeting of the Buckhead Business Association and will provide an update on the 5-plus mile PATH400 trail project, which will eventually extend from south Buckhead to the Perimeter.

Livable Buckhead's Denise Starling

Livable Buckhead’s Denise Starling

Starling also will likely discuss Buckhead’s leadership in environmental and sustainability programs—including its participation in the Sustainable Buildings national program, recycling, the Buc shuttle, increasing parks and green spaces in Buckhead—and will also likely discuss such items less heady items as Food Truck Fridays, all programs she oversees.

The BBA breakfast meetings are held at The City Club of Buckhead, on the 18th floor of 3343 Peachtree Road. The cost of attending is $10 for BBA members and $20 for visitors and guests, which includes continental breakfast and validated self-parking. The meetings start at 7:30 a.m. and end promptly at 9 a.m. Register Online Now!

With an undergraduate degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology, Starling began her career working with Atlanta’s regional planning agency focusing on transportation and air quality issues and policy development.

After a brief stint with a private sector consultant, Starling was hired to launch the Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association and took the organization from a fledgling transportation-only organization with $100,000 in assets to one that has today expanded its programming to incorporate community development, sustainability and quality of life issues.

Today all that comes under the purview of Livable Buckhead, with more than $9 million in assets and an annual operating budget of $600,000. Under her direct leadership, more than $20 million in outside funding was invested in the community and an additional $12 million in local investment was secured to support the organization’s initiatives.

Starling also chairs the Development Review Committees for SPI-12 and SPI-9 (special public interest districts) which review all major development projects that are proposed for the central business district of Buckhead and the Buckhead Village area.

Talk around the dinner table at the Starling household might be expected to center around community development since Denise’s husband, Michael Starling, is director of economic development for the city of Dunwoody.

The couple, with their young child, recently moved from the south side of Atlanta to Brookhaven to cut down on commute times and help the environment.

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