In the fall of 2004, Dan was hired as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgia Tech Institute of Technology teaching a graduate level course in growth management laws and strategies in the U.S. Dan combined the course with a law class taught by Professor Julian Juergensmeyer of the Georgia State College of Law. Juergensmeyer is a national planning and zoning law expert and living Atlanta legend. The concept for the course was created by Dr. Chris Nelson formerly of Georgia Tech. Dan engaged approximately 160 graduate planning and GSU law students many of whom continue to lead planning and communities in Atlanta as well as across the country. The knowledge Dan accumulated as a professor led to substantial support and further innovation to local governments and the Atlanta region through his position at ARC.
Dan now works with many local governments, CIDs, state agencies, non-profit organizations and developers to foster public-private strategies that are transformational. Dan believes the tools and success of communities and private development which created tremendous value in metro Atlanta can be expanded across the State of Georgia and U.S.
Dan is credited with creating many of the programs and transformational projects in metro Atlanta that became the catalyst for urban redevelopment since 1999. When Executive Director Harry West hired Dan, ARC had recently been sued by advocacy groups and experienced a period of air quality non-conformity. Dan was a member of the ARC Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) and understood the need for major land use changes in the Atlanta region. Dan created the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program following the leadership of Tom Weyandt and Joel Stone as well as members of the Land Use Task Force to conceive the concept of funding $350 million of federal transportation funds for urban planning and transportation projects.
Dan was raised in Athens, Georgia where he grew up with 10 older siblings. Dan worked for 5 years with United Parcel Service (UPS) while at University of Georgia (UGA) where he earned a BBA in 1988 with a focus on Management. Dan completed a MS in Urban Studies from Georgia State University in 1992. From 1989 to 1999, Dan served 10 years as a Transportation Planner and Director at Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in Georgia (Athens, Savannah, Glynn/St. Simons, Douglas County) before coming to Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Dan has been instrumental establishing major public/private economic development programs in metro Atlanta including Local and Regional Planning, Livable Centers Initiative, Aerotropolis Alliance, TransFormation Alliance and Peachtree Gateway Partnership.
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