The Westside Communities Alliance, a signature initiative of Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Dean Jacqueline Royster, received the USG Chancellor’s Service Excellence Team of the Year Gold Award for 2014.  The awards ceremony was held Friday October 10 at Kennesaw State University.

Professor Catherine L. Ross recently delivered the keynote address, “The Viable City: Infrastructure and Universal Design,”  at an international conference in Rome, Italy. Hosting visitors and guests from around the globe, Engendering Cities – Designing Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Environments for All focused on gender sensitive perspective in the interrelated fields of cities, transport and energy and climate change.

The Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program at Georgia Tech is ranked fifth in Planetizen’s newly released 2014 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs. A leading source for urban planning news, Planetizen administers the only comprehensive ranking of graduate urban planning programs in the United States.

The first Harry West Visionary Leadership Award will be presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding community service, commitment and inspired leadership to the Atlanta region. The award is intended to inspire vision and innovative approaches to the challenges and opportunities facing our region.

The award has been established in the name of Harry West, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s longest serving executive director, who exemplified visionary leadership that resulted in lasting benefits to the Atlanta region. Mr. West additionally served as a Professor of Practice in the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech from 2006 to 2014.

At each Georgia Tech home game during the football season, the Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award is presented to one faculty member from one of Tech’s six colleges. Dr. Catherine Ross, Harry West Professor of City and Regional Planning and director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD), has been selected to receive one of the six 2014 awards and will be honored at the football game on Saturday, October 11, 2014.