Atlanta Regional Commission awarded its second “Unsung Hero Award” on Nov. 3 at its State of the Region breakfast event.

North Fulton Community Improvement District Executive Director Brandon Beach was named as the recipient.

According to the news release, “the award recognizes an individual who works quietly and tirelessly behind the scenes in a way that supports high quality of life for all residents, while balancing social, economic and environmental needs in their community.”

“It was no surprise to us that Brandon was the recipient of this award,” said North Fulton CID Vice Chairman Moses Brown.

According to Brown, Beach has “an unmatched passion for transportation and a drive to move our region forward with projects that best serve our communities.”

Beach played an integral role in the legislation which created The ATL, the new transit authority for Metro Atlanta.

“It is an honor to accept this award from an organization that does so much to focus the region’s leadership on critical issues,” said Beach at the event.

“I want to thank all of the people who worked alongside me in making the creation of HB930 possible,” he said.

Alongside Beach, State Representative Kevin Tanner was also recognized for his work in passing House Bill 930.

According to the North Fulton CID website, the goal of House Bill 930 is “identifying millions of state dollars for public transportation and creating the Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (the ‘ATL’), a unifying board that ensures coordinated planning and funding of transit across the 13-County Metro Atlanta region.”

The bill passed with “overwhelming bipartisan support” in 2018.

Plans are for efforts of House Bill 930 to be "paired with Senate Bill 386, which worked to create the “ATL.”

Combined, the bills' efforts could “produce the most sweeping expansion of mass transit in Georgia since the creation of MARTA more than 40 years ago.”

“As has become customary for the ceremony, Beach and Tanner passed the award along to Jenna Dolde.”

Dolde is Assistant Legal Counsel for the Georgia General Assembly and she drafted the language for the bill.

More information about the North Fulton Community Improvement District is available at www.NorthFultonCID.com.

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