Expertise + Practice


CQGRD undertakes research and projects that increase our capacity to understand, assess, and promote quality growth, as well as advance the use of these ideas for improving development nationally and internationally, with particular emphasis on the Atlanta region, the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion, and the Southeast.  The Center specializes in five program areas, including Air Quality & the Natural Environment, Community Design & Architecture,  Healthy Places, Land Development & Regional Governance, and  Transportation & Infrastructure. Given the interdisciplinary nature of quality growth, the Center employs its expertise in these five areas into three major initiatives – Megaregions, Healthy Places & Impact Assessment, and Decision & Planning Support Tools. The Center advances these initiatives through its research, publication, mission-driven partnerships, and community outreach and education.


CQGRD regularly publishes in refereed journals as well as white papers and reports to share the results of our research. Researchers, policymakers, and others can search our publications database to find a range of resources on our program areas as well as presentations and materials from our education and outreach.


The Center works to advance its initiatives through collaboration with a wide range of university, government, and organizational partnerships. While many of these are project-specific, three are formal partnerships involving long-term efforts to build sustainable development and advance research of practical value. These partnerships include:

Healthy Places Research Group (HPRG) progresses a policy agenda that improves public health through the design of the built environment. HPRG invites any interested member of the public to become involved at its regular meetings.

NSF ADVANCE is a national campaign adopted at Georgia Tech to aid the career advancement of women in higher education. Catherine Ross leads the initiative for the College of Architecture and through her various roles on campus through providing resources and recognition for women.

Piedmont Alliance for Quality Growth formed in 2009 to focus policy efforts of mayors in the Piedmont-Atlantic Megaregion (PAM) at the scale of a megaregion. This alliance will provide the intellectual and support infrastructure for issues on water, transportation and energy to make the megaregion globally competitive.

Education + Outreach

The Center serves communities—particularly those in the Southeast United States—through extensive public outreach efforts.  CQGRD engages questions of concern to both public and private actors in the development process, and hosts workshops and symposia for practitioners and involved individuals on the questions of how the public and private sector work together to guide growth, promote effective design, and steer the development of communities, from the scale of neighborhoods to megaregions. In addition, the Center actively promotes, through education and training, the development and use of best practices and advanced decision support tools.


CQGRD was established with the generous support of John Williams and Georgia Tech. Our work continues with the sponsorship of funders dedicated to promoting quality growth and regional development and clients who seek our assistance. A partial list includes:

Atlanta BeltLine Inc.
Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
Atlanta Housing Authority
Betty & Associates LLC
Camden County Public Service Authority/Kingsland, GA
Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center
City of Decatur, GA/ Sycamore Consulting
Earth Tech Consulting Inc
The Ford Foundation
Georgia Department of Public Health
Georgia Department of Transportation
Hall County Government
Kaiser Permanente
City of LaGrange, GA
MacArthur Foundation
National Science Foundation
PEW Charitable Trusts
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Troup County/LaGrange, GA
US Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration
University National Transportation Center
Wilbur Smith Associates/Anaheim, CA
Woodruff Foundation