Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas Hynes will be part of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 19th annual LINK trip, this year visiting the city of Toronto.
Starting in 1997, delegations of Atlanta leaders have been going to different cities in North America to learn about how other regions cope with many of the same issues that the Atlanta region has been facing. This year’s trip is going to Toronto because, according to Doug Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, “If you want to be world class, you have to go to a world class city and see what it looks like.”
Previous visits by Atlanta regional business and civic leaders have gone to Boston, Houston, Denver, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Chicago and Vancouver. The 2015 LINK trip, which will go to Toronto from May 6 to May 9, will be only the second one outside the United States.
“This is a great time for Atlanta to Toronto because we are beginning to have more conversations about transit in the region, about diversity in the region, and we have been wrestling with our need for more regional cooperation,” says Hooker. “These are all issues where we feel we can learn from Toronto’s failures and successes.”
Among the regional leaders traveling to Toronto with Hynes will be several members of the board of the Georgia Department of Transportation; a half dozen county chairs, including Clayton County’s Jeff Turner, presidents of the region’s top chambers of commerce, including Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Hala Moddelmog, and Georgia State University President Dr. Mark Becker.