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Doug Hooker wins the 2021 President's Award

Amy Cheribelle

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ATLANTA, GA — The National Association of Regional Councils or NARC selected Doug Hooker, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, known as ARC, to be the winner of the 2021 President's Award.

The prize was handed to Hooker at NARC's national conference, which is being held remotely this year and hosted by ARC.

In a press conference announcing the award, NARC stated, “Doug is a well-known and respected leader in his region, and the impacts of his work extend through many groundbreaking projects in the Atlanta Region.”

Hooker, who has been the CEO of ARC since 2011, has stated that he will step down in March 2022. Hooker is a core member of NARC's leadership team and now chairs the NARC Executive Directors Council.

Hooker stated, “This award truly deserves to be shared by all of my colleagues at ARC, who work hard every day to ensure that our region remains a great place to live for all of the residents. They inspire me with their dedication to their work and passion for making meaningful change.”

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and ARC earned a NARC Achievement Award for their Racial Equity Conversation Series. The two organizations collaborated on a six-week discussion series to promote racial learning, healing and equality development.

MORPC and ARC collaborated with more than thirty regional councils from across the state to listen to concerns, identify best practices and develop strategies to combat racism.

For those who don't know, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning organization for Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta and seventy-three other cities in the Atlanta Region. By concentrating leadership, attention and planning resources on major regional concerns, the Atlanta Regional Commission acts as a facilitator for regional advancement.

You can read more on their website at https://atlantaregional.org/news/press-releases/arc-executive-director-doug-hooker-wins-leadership-award-from-narc/.

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