Foundation’s Dec. 14 Leadership Breakfast focuses on ‘Portland: Model or Maverick?’

Atlanta – With regional transportation challenges front and center in Georgia, the smart growth role model takes on the poster child for sprawl at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s final Leadership Breakfast of 2011, scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club.

The topic is “Portland: Model or Maverick?” and keynote speaker John Charles, president and CEO of Oregon’s Cascade Policy Institute, will discuss whether Portland’s “smart growth” approach to land use regulation and transportation policy is workable for metro Atlanta, often referred to as the “poster child for urban sprawl.”

Charles has led the Cascade Policy Institute since May 2005. Before joining Cascade, he was executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council for 17 years, serving on dozens of local, state and federal commissions and advisory boards related to environmental protection. He was also an active participant in Oregon legislative proceedings and helped author numerous environmental statutes in the areas of forest management, toxic substances, air pollution, watershed restoration and transportation.

He joined Cascade in 1997 as Environmental Policy Director, focusing his research on transportation, land use and free-market environmentalism. A frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer, especially on the subject of growth management, he has traveled to 24 states to discuss this issue.

He authored a chapter on the Portland experience in the book, “A Citizen’s Guide to Smart Growth,” co-published by the Heritage Foundation and the Property and the Environment Research Center. He has also been published in newspapers around the country including The Oregonian, Pittsburgh Times-Review, Hartford Courant and Seattle Times.

Charles received a B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976 and an M.P.A. degree from Portland State University in 1990.

The cost to attend this event is $25. The deadline to register is Monday, December 12. To register, go to this link: Media interested in attending please contact Benita Dodd at or 404-256-4050. (Difficulty registering? Contact Benita Dodd.)

Who: John Charles

What: “Portland: Model or Maverick?” a Leadership Breakfast

When: 8 a.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Where: The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30339


About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: The Foundation, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011, is an independent, state-based think tank that proposes practical, market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. The Foundation’s regular events include Leadership Breakfasts and Policy Briefing Luncheons. Weekly publications are the Friday Facts and Friday Idea commentaries. Visit our Web site at Join The Forum at Become a fan of the Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at

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