Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C.: From Rivals to Allies

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The megaregion concept has allied Atlanta and Charlotte, NC.

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Through the megaregion concept, Atlanta and Charlotte, NC have become allies.

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Mary C. Curtis, Politics Daily

Through the megaregion concept, Atlanta and Charlotte, NC have become allies. The Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion (PAM), which is delineated by Interstates 85 & 20, encompasses these two metropolitan cities. PAM officials congregated to discuss pressing issues in the region, including water, transportation, energy, and economic development.

Reasons for the alliance include competing for federal funding. The meeting, which also included representatives from private and academic entities, discussed research opportunities that would ultimately achieve the long-range goals of the region. Dr. Catherine Ross, transportation expert, director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech, and editor of "Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness", was a major driving force of the purpose of the meeting. Dr. Ross alluded to international examples such as Russia and China that are pioneering the megaregion concept.

The meeting also involved topics such as congestion and education. Civic leadership was identified as a key component in helping the region cope with current economic challenges. The next meeting was scheduled for October in South Carolina.

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CQGRD - Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development

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  • Created By: Joanie Chembars
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  • Created On: Aug 20, 2009 - 8:00pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:10pm