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Gwinnett's Kerry Armstrong to lead Atlanta regional board

Kerry Armstrong

Kerry Armstrong

A Gwinnett businessman was elected Wednesday as the chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the official planning agency for the 10-county metro region.

Kerry Armstrong, who has been involved in the local and regional development industry for decades as a commercial real estate executive, was elected by the commission, which is comprised of county commission chairmen, mayors and citizen representatives from the region.

The last Gwinnettian to lead the ARC was then-Commission Chairman Wayne Hill. Armstrong will be the second citizen member to hold the post after Cobb’s Tad Leithead, whose second term at the helm ends at the end of the month.

“I think this election shows that the citizen member experiment was a success and that citizen members are uniquely qualified to represent the entire region,” Leithead said in a press release. “Kerry has tremendous experience in both the business and civic life of metro Atlanta. He is truly committed to collaboration and to the region, both of which will serve ARC well.”

A senior vice president for Pope & Land Enterprise, Armstrong has served as chairman of both the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the Council for Quality Growth in recent years. He is currently the chair of the North Fulton Community Improvement District and serves on the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation board and as a trustee of the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation.

The Atlanta Regional Commission plays key roles in transportation planning for the region, as well as workforce initiatives, senior services and other coordinated services.