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Published on January 18th, 2016 |


ARC Livable Communities director to address NCA Jan. 20 meeting

Jane Hayse, the Director of the Center for Livable Communities at the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), will be the speaker at the Wednesday (Jan. 20) meeting of the Northwest Community Alliance (NCA).

Jayne Hayse, ARC director of Livable Communities

Jayne Hayse, ARC director of Cener for Livable Communities.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Northside Church of God, 1736 Harper Street. The church is located at the corner of Defoor and Harper.

Hayse holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina and holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. She is a leader in her field and has earned numerous accolades.

Prior to ARC, Hayse worked for Cobb County Planning and Zoning and the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has been with ARC since 1989 and has led their Transportation division since 1998.

In March of 2013 she was chosen to be the director of ARC’s Center for Livable Communities, to oversee their Land Use, Transportation, Mobility Services and Research divisions.

In a recent AJC Op-Ed piece, Hayse offered a four-step solution for the region:

  • Make carefully targeted investments to improve mobility by widening key thoroughfares and easing the regions worst choke points.
  • Provide new ways for people to bypass gridlock, such as managed toll lanes and expanded transit options.
  • Expand transit service to better connect our region’s major employment centers.
  • Work with local governments to create communities that offer more opportunities for walking and bicycling, better access to transit and the ability for people to live closer to work.

“For the past 15 plus years, the NCA has promoted, the Live, Work, Play model,” said NCA Chairman Michael Koblenz. “We have pushed for numerous mixed-use projects in Atlanta, promoted MARTA, streetcars, the BeltLine, parks, pedestrian rights, bicycle lanes, smart growth and appropriate density in our inner city.”

Referencing speakers of the years, Koblenz added, “We have heard from the heads of GDOT, ARC, GRTA, and we were the driving force in the Howell Mill Road intersection improvements. It does seem, however, that we have not, in recent years, put a lot of emphasis on our roads and highways.”

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