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May 31, 2017

Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Nonprofit CEO Roundtable Tackles Transportation


Metro Atlanta’s nonprofit community is a magnet for recruiting a talented workforce and fast-growing companies. Home to 50 of the largest U.S. nonprofits serving 2.5 billion worldwide, this combination of global brands and business leaders create an abundant opportunity for social impact, strategic partnerships and corporate responsibility.

Led by a steering committee of eight nonprofits, the Nonprofit CEO Roundtable at the Mero Atlanta Chamber brings together these like-minded organizations to grow the sector through discussing challenges, highlighting successes and marketing not only social impact, but economic impact.

“Wherever you turn, you can find someone who has been impacted by one of Atlanta’s many nonprofits. It is not only important to tell this story, but critical we support these organizations as they continue to build community that impacts our regional economy,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber. “It is an important part of our role to provide a platform to bring these organizations together.”

The Nonprofit CEO Roundtable recently met for a quarterly meeting Wednesday, May 24. The meeting featured a panel with leaders from The Coca-Cola Company, MARTA and Urban Land Institute discussing equitable transportation and its impact on nonprofit clients, employees and services. Specifically, panel members discussed how access to transportation is vital for an organization’s outreach, operations and impact. Moderated by Dave Williams, vice president of infrastructure & government affairs at the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the panel covered choice vs. non-choice ridership, commuter demands, transit-oriented developments and how Atlanta ranks among transit systems in the U.S.

After highlighting some of our region’s most recent policy wins specific to infrastructure and public transit, it was important to bring light to the fact that there is still ground to cover to make the region accessible to everyone. Our panel discussed the role population density plays when pitching for federal funding and the impact connecting our neighborhoods would have on social mobility, community engagement and access to new economic opportunities.

In a time when Atlanta is seeing enormous growth, it is important to have open conversations around transportation. The audience had the opportunity to engage with the panel of community leaders asking questions that addressed many concerns ranging from gentrification, the Clifton Corridor, voter education, transit access, I-20 expansion and many other behind-the-scenes challenges.

The next Nonprofit CEO Roundtable will be held at the Metro Atlanta Chamber August 23, focusing on the topic of education. 

Panelist Included:

  • Ben Limmer, Assistant GM, MARTA
  • Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director, ULI Atlanta
  • Eric Ganther, Transportation Planner, The Coca-Cola Company
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