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  • A Time for Leadership presents a new growth-policy framework based on “the four Ps”: patterns, preservation, passages, and places. A Time for Leadership builds on the 2003 report by the Florida Chamber Foundation entitled New Cornerstone, which called for a shift from growth management to growth leadership.

  • CQGRD is conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on redevelopment plans for the site of the former Hapeville Ford Assembly Plant in Hapeville, GA. The assembly plant is to be redeveloped as "Aerotropolis Atlanta", with over 6.5 million square feet of office, hotel, shopping and airport parking facilities, as well as a solar energy component. The 122-acre site is bounded by I-75, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the new residential development of Asbury Park, and downtown Hapeville. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • Architecture of Megaregion is a framework to the next steps for transportation and infrastructure planning at the megaregion scale in the U.S.

  • The Atlanta BeltLine would convert a 22-mile span of freight railway into a transit and trail loop, surrounded by parks and residential and commercial development. When we start a new development project, are we building a healthy place? How do we understand the health impacts of a new development? To answer these questions for the Atlanta BeltLine redevelopment project, CQGRD conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA). A HIA is a collection of procedures and tools by which projects, policies, and programs can be evaluated based on their potential effects on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. While the HIA tool is widely used abroad, the BeltLine HIA is one of the first conducted in the United States.

  • CQGRD is working to measure the performance and impact of the Atlanta Housing Authority's (AHA) revitalization of Grady Homes into a mixed-income/mixed-finance community, through the use of a HOPE VI grant in conjunction with private investment dollars

  • This project will provide a comprehensive examination of public perceptions and preferences regarding pricing options in metropolitan Atlanta. Results of the project will help guide the Georgia Department of Transportation and the State Road and Tollway Authority of Georgia in the siting, evaluation, and implementation of future congestion pricing strategies.

  • CQGRD is conducting a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on PLAN 2040, the long-term regional comprehensive plan being prepared by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The ARC is Atlanta's regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency. PLAN 2040 will integrate multiple aspects of regional planning, including transportation and land use, housing, greenspace, water, and air quality through the year 2040. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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  • The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development studied the health impacts of the redevelopment of the McIntosh Homes public housing neighborhood in Macon, Georgia.  The health impact assessment provides detailed guidance for ensuring that current and future residents have the greatest access to a healthy and safe community.  The recommendations accounts for socioeconomic health determinants, physical conditions, psychological stresses, environmental factors, and neighborhood social connections.

  • Decatur has created a new Active Living Division within the Department of Community and Economic Development. The Division will combine traditional recreation programs with quality of life programs like environmental sustainability, alternative transportation planning and efforts to encourage an active living lifestyle. The International City/County Management Association is committed to track the outcomes and community benefits of Decatur’s Active Living Division in a two-year study that will identify performance measures and best practices for other cities.

  • CQGRD worked in conjunction with Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning and the Center for GIS to produce a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the newly established City of Milton, GA. This plan proposes a network of multiuse trails to connect Milton’s neighborhoods with its parks, schools, libraries, stores, sports facilities, and other public spaces.

  • This study involves data collection via surveys and interviews of freight stakeholders, identification and assessment of existing and future freight movement, development of freight-supported land use guidelines, evaluation of environmental and social impacts related to freight movement and development of strategies, and recommendations to proactively address freight and goods movement needs and challenges in the Atlanta region. CQGRD's contribution examines five existing or emerging freight corridors designated by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The resulting study measures community and environmental impacts, both specific to certain freight areas and seen across all areas, and provides ways to best mitigate these impacts while ensuring continued freight mobility.

  • Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) has emerged as a strategy for expanding and incorporating community preferences and environmental considerations into project development and design. CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.

  • The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development will led a team in developing a Decision Support Tool for the Atlanta BeltLine. The Decision Support Tool will measure the impact of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and ensure accountability for effective and equitable implementation of the BeltLine.

  • This study explores transportation, green infrastructure, and livability opportunities and constraints in this rapidly growing county in northwest Georgia, between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

  • CQGRD worked in conjunction with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute to employ tools, such as a quality growth audit, to identify obstacles to achieving the community's vision for its future and to provide examples and recommendations which community members could use while planning for the future. This study also explored a comprehensive infrastructure management program to help manage growth in a coastal community.

  • CQGRD completed 2030 population projections for the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center in 2006. The projections included the six coastal counties as well as four adjacent inland counties. In addition, projections were completed for all incorporated cities within the 10-county region. The projection methodology used in this study was designed to take into account more recent economic and demographic trends to reflect the unique conditions of this rapidly growing area.

  • This project measures and aims to enhance the health benefits associated with construction of a walking and cycling trail along the northeastern portion of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. This project will help to enhance the health, mobility, development, and physical activity of both adults and children through planning and design, active programming, education, and increased social interaction for the community, businesses, visitors and others.

  • A health impact is a change in health risk resasonably attributable to a policy or project, and a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is one of the many combinations of procedures or methods by which a proposed policy or program may be judged as to the effects it may have on the health of a specific population. It is a means of ensuring that hte potential impacts on health are taken into account as part of the decision making process for policies, programs, and other development projects.

  • Healthy Housing: Forging the Economic and Empirical Foundation identifies the economic and empirical links between housing and health, develops a new conceptual model on the complex effects of housing on health, identifies the direct and indirect links between housing and health, benchmarks the current housing and health link for the 13-county Atlanta region, and presents recommendations and future research needs to strengthen the link between housing and health.

  • Georgia Tech’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assessed the public health impacts on people living and working near a large hospital. This study builds on the Atlanta BeltLine Health Impact Assessment (HIA) by focusing on Piedmont Hospital, which is located in one of the BeltLine’s key redevelopment nodes. Significant public and private investment will be targeted in this area. This Health Impact Assessment thus provides scholars and the public more information in improving public health and promoting active living in this area through redevelopment.

  • This research project will look at the implications of  regional SPLOSTs on the ability of individual counties to provide county-specific SPLOST initiatives for transportation and other public projects (e.g. schools), and provide the findings to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

  • One of CQGRD's first projects was to assess Buford Highway, running from the Perimeter to Midtown in Metro Atlanta, and speculate on what a better future could be. Buford Highway is one of the most dangerous corridors for pedestrians in the United States, yet it houses a diverse population that is more likely to walk for transportation. This study explore an urban retrofit by changing the strip from dangerous, dysfunctional highway to healthy, functional boulevard.

  • A pressing policy question for the Federal government, states, regions and local areas is how should America respond to continuous and geographically focused population growth, spreading traffic congestion, natural resource depletion and the loss of economic competitiveness in the global economy? More explicitly, how should we structure transportation and infrastructure investment and an appropriate policy framework to be more responsive to the challenges and opportunities? A megaregion approach may offer a value-added structure that can guide national transportation policy and investment, while explicitly addressing the relationships among demographic change, land resources, infrastructure investment and economic development.

  • Completed in February 2003, the project was designed to inform the ongoing regional discussion on land use issues and a growing population. It was undertaken in response to the low-density development that characterized the region's growth patterns in the 1990s. The project constructed and tested three distinct alternatives to future land use planning, including focusing on corridors, centers, or environmental sensitivity.

  • Macon, Georgia is undertaking a bold redevelopment to enhance the quality of life and connective role of Second Street.  The redevelopment aims to develop the length of the corridor, support multimodal transportation options, and connect anchor institutions with other city neighborhoods.  The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development’s health impact assessment offers concrete recommendations to maximize the investment’s health benefit for area residents.

  • The BeltLine Transit Panel was assembled by the Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) to review the studies done to date on the BeltLine project and assess and comment on the feasibility of the transit component and how it might function in relation to an integrated transit system for Central Atlanta. The end purpose of this work is to synthesize the information developed on the BeltLine for its transit potential and provide guidance and suggest principles on how the BeltLine transit might develop over time.

  • To explore how best to leverage the growth coming to West Georgia, leaders from Troup County and the cities of Hogansville, LaGrange, and West Point have undertaken a two-year planning initiative with Georgia Tech designed to set the course for a sustainable future. The goal of the effort is to identify innovative strategies for promoting quality growth, fostering healthy economic development, enhancing the quality of life and protecting Troup County’s sense of place and community.

  • The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development studied the health impacts of the redevelopment of the McIntosh Homes public housing neighborhood in Macon, Georgia.  The health impact assessment provides detailed guidance for ensuring that current and future residents have the greatest access to a healthy and safe community.  The recommendations accounts for socioeconomic health determinants, physical conditions, psychological stresses, environmental factors, and neighborhood social connections.

  • Macon, Georgia is undertaking a bold redevelopment to enhance the quality of life and connective role of Second Street.  The redevelopment aims to develop the length of the corridor, support multimodal transportation options, and connect anchor institutions with other city neighborhoods.  The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development’s health impact assessment offers concrete recommendations to maximize the investment’s health benefit for area residents.

  • The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development will led a team in developing a Decision Support Tool for the Atlanta BeltLine. The Decision Support Tool will measure the impact of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and ensure accountability for effective and equitable implementation of the BeltLine.

  • This project measures and aims to enhance the health benefits associated with construction of a walking and cycling trail along the northeastern portion of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. This project will help to enhance the health, mobility, development, and physical activity of both adults and children through planning and design, active programming, education, and increased social interaction for the community, businesses, visitors and others.

  • Architecture of Megaregion is a framework to the next steps for transportation and infrastructure planning at the megaregion scale in the U.S.

  • Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) has emerged as a strategy for expanding and incorporating community preferences and environmental considerations into project development and design. CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.

  • CQGRD is conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on redevelopment plans for the site of the former Hapeville Ford Assembly Plant in Hapeville, GA. The assembly plant is to be redeveloped as "Aerotropolis Atlanta", with over 6.5 million square feet of office, hotel, shopping and airport parking facilities, as well as a solar energy component. The 122-acre site is bounded by I-75, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the new residential development of Asbury Park, and downtown Hapeville. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • CQGRD is conducting a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on PLAN 2040, the long-term regional comprehensive plan being prepared by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The ARC is Atlanta's regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency. PLAN 2040 will integrate multiple aspects of regional planning, including transportation and land use, housing, greenspace, water, and air quality through the year 2040. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • This research project will look at the implications of  regional SPLOSTs on the ability of individual counties to provide county-specific SPLOST initiatives for transportation and other public projects (e.g. schools), and provide the findings to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

  • CQGRD is working to measure the performance and impact of the Atlanta Housing Authority's (AHA) revitalization of Grady Homes into a mixed-income/mixed-finance community, through the use of a HOPE VI grant in conjunction with private investment dollars

  • To explore how best to leverage the growth coming to West Georgia, leaders from Troup County and the cities of Hogansville, LaGrange, and West Point have undertaken a two-year planning initiative with Georgia Tech designed to set the course for a sustainable future. The goal of the effort is to identify innovative strategies for promoting quality growth, fostering healthy economic development, enhancing the quality of life and protecting Troup County’s sense of place and community.

  • A pressing policy question for the Federal government, states, regions and local areas is how should America respond to continuous and geographically focused population growth, spreading traffic congestion, natural resource depletion and the loss of economic competitiveness in the global economy? More explicitly, how should we structure transportation and infrastructure investment and an appropriate policy framework to be more responsive to the challenges and opportunities? A megaregion approach may offer a value-added structure that can guide national transportation policy and investment, while explicitly addressing the relationships among demographic change, land resources, infrastructure investment and economic development.

  • This project will provide a comprehensive examination of public perceptions and preferences regarding pricing options in metropolitan Atlanta. Results of the project will help guide the Georgia Department of Transportation and the State Road and Tollway Authority of Georgia in the siting, evaluation, and implementation of future congestion pricing strategies.

  • Georgia Tech’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assessed the public health impacts on people living and working near a large hospital. This study builds on the Atlanta BeltLine Health Impact Assessment (HIA) by focusing on Piedmont Hospital, which is located in one of the BeltLine’s key redevelopment nodes. Significant public and private investment will be targeted in this area. This Health Impact Assessment thus provides scholars and the public more information in improving public health and promoting active living in this area through redevelopment.

  • Decatur has created a new Active Living Division within the Department of Community and Economic Development. The Division will combine traditional recreation programs with quality of life programs like environmental sustainability, alternative transportation planning and efforts to encourage an active living lifestyle. The International City/County Management Association is committed to track the outcomes and community benefits of Decatur’s Active Living Division in a two-year study that will identify performance measures and best practices for other cities.

  • Healthy Housing: Forging the Economic and Empirical Foundation identifies the economic and empirical links between housing and health, develops a new conceptual model on the complex effects of housing on health, identifies the direct and indirect links between housing and health, benchmarks the current housing and health link for the 13-county Atlanta region, and presents recommendations and future research needs to strengthen the link between housing and health.

  • CQGRD worked in conjunction with Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning and the Center for GIS to produce a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the newly established City of Milton, GA. This plan proposes a network of multiuse trails to connect Milton’s neighborhoods with its parks, schools, libraries, stores, sports facilities, and other public spaces.

  • The Atlanta BeltLine would convert a 22-mile span of freight railway into a transit and trail loop, surrounded by parks and residential and commercial development. When we start a new development project, are we building a healthy place? How do we understand the health impacts of a new development? To answer these questions for the Atlanta BeltLine redevelopment project, CQGRD conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA). A HIA is a collection of procedures and tools by which projects, policies, and programs can be evaluated based on their potential effects on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. While the HIA tool is widely used abroad, the BeltLine HIA is one of the first conducted in the United States.

  • This study involves data collection via surveys and interviews of freight stakeholders, identification and assessment of existing and future freight movement, development of freight-supported land use guidelines, evaluation of environmental and social impacts related to freight movement and development of strategies, and recommendations to proactively address freight and goods movement needs and challenges in the Atlanta region. CQGRD's contribution examines five existing or emerging freight corridors designated by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The resulting study measures community and environmental impacts, both specific to certain freight areas and seen across all areas, and provides ways to best mitigate these impacts while ensuring continued freight mobility.

  • A Time for Leadership presents a new growth-policy framework based on “the four Ps”: patterns, preservation, passages, and places. A Time for Leadership builds on the 2003 report by the Florida Chamber Foundation entitled New Cornerstone, which called for a shift from growth management to growth leadership.

  • CQGRD completed 2030 population projections for the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center in 2006. The projections included the six coastal counties as well as four adjacent inland counties. In addition, projections were completed for all incorporated cities within the 10-county region. The projection methodology used in this study was designed to take into account more recent economic and demographic trends to reflect the unique conditions of this rapidly growing area.

  • CQGRD worked in conjunction with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute to employ tools, such as a quality growth audit, to identify obstacles to achieving the community's vision for its future and to provide examples and recommendations which community members could use while planning for the future. This study also explored a comprehensive infrastructure management program to help manage growth in a coastal community.

  • The BeltLine Transit Panel was assembled by the Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) to review the studies done to date on the BeltLine project and assess and comment on the feasibility of the transit component and how it might function in relation to an integrated transit system for Central Atlanta. The end purpose of this work is to synthesize the information developed on the BeltLine for its transit potential and provide guidance and suggest principles on how the BeltLine transit might develop over time.

  • A health impact is a change in health risk resasonably attributable to a policy or project, and a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is one of the many combinations of procedures or methods by which a proposed policy or program may be judged as to the effects it may have on the health of a specific population. It is a means of ensuring that hte potential impacts on health are taken into account as part of the decision making process for policies, programs, and other development projects.

  • This study explores transportation, green infrastructure, and livability opportunities and constraints in this rapidly growing county in northwest Georgia, between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

  • One of CQGRD's first projects was to assess Buford Highway, running from the Perimeter to Midtown in Metro Atlanta, and speculate on what a better future could be. Buford Highway is one of the most dangerous corridors for pedestrians in the United States, yet it houses a diverse population that is more likely to walk for transportation. This study explore an urban retrofit by changing the strip from dangerous, dysfunctional highway to healthy, functional boulevard.

  • Completed in February 2003, the project was designed to inform the ongoing regional discussion on land use issues and a growing population. It was undertaken in response to the low-density development that characterized the region's growth patterns in the 1990s. The project constructed and tested three distinct alternatives to future land use planning, including focusing on corridors, centers, or environmental sensitivity.

  • Please limit this text to 75 words. Word count can be found in the bottom right corner of the text entry box. Delete all this text before inputting the new text.