Workshops and Symposia

  • This forum on megaregions brought together leading government, business, education, and other concerned residents to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by the megaregion concept and the role of the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion (PAM) in the global economy.

  • This strategic planning session helped the BeltLine Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC) frame a work scope and approach to develop procedures and measurements for the Atlanta BeltLine Decision Support Tool (DST). The session resulted in identified metrics for both short-term impacts of development proposals and long term-impacts of the BeltLine vision.

  • Megaregions can be responsive to challenges and opportunities surrounding infrastructure provision, finance and governance for future needs. Discussion of megaregions will lead to a proposed framework for megaregion-scale transportation planning, investment and policy making.

  • The symposium gave the participants a chance to engage in discussion of the theoretical basis of megaregions from a multidisciplinary perspective and advance the field of megaregions study.

  • A one-day conference on the elements of Everyday Neighborhoods—good urban design, mixed uses, pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented development, equity, lifecycle community-orientation, and various aspects of sustainability-environmental, health, and economic. Strategies to overcome barriers to creating Everyday Neighborhoods were discussed.

  • Experts shared their tools for designing transportation facilities where pedestrians, bicyclists, transit customers, and motorists are all partners in mobility.

  • A sequel to the 2004 Governments and Growth Workshop, this 2006 edition continued the discussion among elected officials and local government staff, community leaders, and others about growth-related issues and strategies for sustaining a high quality of life and prosperity for Georgia's communities.

  • This symposium laid the framework for a region-wide agenda aimed at the creation of policies, infrastructure, resources, and regional cooperation to position the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion (PAM) for success in the global economy.

  • This workshop featured panel discussions and sessions on land development, public engagement, transportation methods and funding, legal tools, and economic development.

  • Context-sensitive design (CSD) is a philosophy for transportation system and public space design that takes into account environmental, aesthetic, historic, and community resources to produce projects that meet transportation needs and support the community's goals and surroundings.

  • In August 2009, CQGRD, along with the Cities of Charlotte and Atlanta, hosted the first of a series of meetings entitled the Mayors' Megaregion Meeting. The meeting came in response to The Case for a National Infrastructure: the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion in the Global Economy forum hosted by CQGRD in March 2009. About 40 selected leaders from the business, civic, government, and academic communities in the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion (PAM) attended the meeting in Charlotte to discuss the topics of infrastructure needs, improved communication, barriers to success, and a leadership structure for this emerging PAM group. Additional meetings have been planned for the future.

  • As the second installation in the series of Mayors' Megaregion Meetings, the meeting continued the discussion about the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion.