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The executive director of the Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) will be one of the first leaders to provide input on an innovative federal transportation planning project.

In early October, Executive Director Gerald McDowell will travel to Washington, D.C. for the Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The program will join community leaders to discuss the transportation decision-making process and how they can encourage more effective participation.

McDowell said he is honored to be selected for the academy, which will prepare all attendees to have more influence on federal decisions about roadway improvements.

“The Aerotropolis CIDs are strategic partners with transportation departments at all levels, and this unique experience will help us strengthen our working relationships,” McDowell said. “The academy concept speaks to the interests of federal transportation leaders to hear from those working in communities every day, and our participation makes our CIDs a better resource.”

During the day-long academy, the USDOT will roll out an initial version of its “Transportation Toolkit” document for review and input. The toolkit will focus on public-engagement opportunities that are associated with planning and project development requirements.

The Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs have a number of transportation-focused initiatives in various stages of planning and implementation, such as the addition of the diverging diamond interchange (DDI) to serve I-285 at Camp Creek Parkway.

Details on all of the transportation plans championed by the Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs are available online at aerocids.com/projects.