The metro region has the second fastest growing foreign-born population in the U.S.

Ever wanted to lend your voice to planning on Atlanta’s future as an international city? Now’s your chance. 

The Atlanta Regional Commission, which handles planning for a 20-county region, is seeking members for its New Voices Global Advisory Panel, which will help ensure that its international community is well represented as the future is charted.

“Metro Atlanta is home to a diverse, vibrant international community that continues to grow,” Elizabeth Sanford, manager of ARC’s Community Engagement division, said in a statement. “It’s critically important to bring these voices into our discussions about the future of metro Atlanta.”

Panel members will help the ARC engage with the community to flesh out its concerns and ideas. 

The initiative builds off the original New Voices panel, which focused on hearing the concerns of the city’s millennials. 

As of 2013, about 13 percent of metro Atlanta’s population was born in another country. From 2000-10, the growth of the metro area’s foreign born population was second fastest in the nation behind Baltimore

Applications for the panel are being accepted until Feb. 24. 

Apply here

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...