The Board of Directors of the Atlanta Regional Commission elected long-time member Kerry Armstrong as Chairman for a two year term beginning in January. Armstrong replaces Tad Leithead, who decided not to run for a third term as the agency’s chair.
Armstrong is a senior Vice-President at Pope & Land Enterprise, and previously held a similar position at Duke Realty. On the ARC Board since 2008, he has also served as Chairman of the Gwinnett Chamber and the Council for Quality Growth, and is presently the Chairman of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the North Fulton Community Improvement District.
According to the Saporta Report, Armstrong was one of four ARC Board members who were interested in the top spot. Others include Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, Richard Oden, Chairman of the Rockdale Board of Commisssioners, and Douglas County Commission Chair Tom Worthan.
The ARC develops policies for land use, transportation, lifelong communities and more. Armstrong’s selection is significant because the ARC Chair has a lot of influence on the policies set by the board, which consists of every commission chair in the ten county ARC region and a mayor from one of the cities within each county, and 15 citizen members.