SUWANEE -- If you followed Dave Williams' Twitter timeline earlier this summer, his tweets might have made Rand McNally stop to catch his breath.
In a 10-day stretch, Williams chatted with a Realtors association in Fayette County, visited a UPS office in Sandy Springs and then attended a GOP breakfast in Gwinnett. For the former Suwanee mayor and now a vice president for transportation with the metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Williams' focus leading up to July 31 was to campaign for a "Yes" vote in the transportation referendum.
Williams, who worked for the MAC Atlanta Sports Council when the 1996 Olympic Games were awarded, called the transportation vote, "an opportunity of a generation."
"There's no guarantee this region will have another chance to vote on a $7 billion or $8 billion plan again," he said.
In the wake of metro Atlantans voting down the measure, Williams said he's still committed to the need to fix transportation problems. But contrary to some beliefs, Williams didn't lose his job.
"I've had people asking me, 'Do you even have a job anymore?," he said last week.
Williams reiterated that the job he currently holds has been around for decades, and there are other regional projects to work on, such as the Port of Savannah, especially when the legislature is in session.
Despite being a former mayor and CEO of a company, Williams said he hoped he learned something about himself during the campaign.
"I hope I've gotten better working as part of a team," he said. "In the past, as mayor or CEO of company, a lot of the decisions kind of ended with me. With this, it's interesting when you're not the person at the top of the chair, you learn perspectives that are more important. I hope I've been a better team player."
For Suwanee residents, while the Buford Highway project was well-known, Williams said the project with the most impact on the transportation referedum project list for Gwinnett residents wasn't even in the county.
"Buford Highway was the closest, but in terms of impact, I don't think Ga. 400/(Interstate) 285 can be overstated as far as its impact on metro Atlanta," he said. "People have business meetings, medical needs and the top end perimeter is really the No. 1 issue that people in Gwinnett County have."
Williams also said he would work more with his counterparts in other Southern cities, such as in Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C. and Jacksonville, Fla.
"We're teammates much more than competitors," Williams said.