Atlanta REALTORS® Association Holds Public Town Hall For Sandy Springs


Atlanta, GA (July 17, 2017) – (RealEstateRama) — The Atlanta REALTORS® Association held a town hall event for over a hundred residents of Sandy Springs on July 11th. The event was hosted at the Sandy Springs offices of the association, which has been located in Sandy Springs since 1989.

The event featured a panel of elected officials and business leaders from the area to discuss the current state and future of Sandy Springs. The four panelists were State Senator Brandon Beach, Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber President/CEO Tom Mahaffey, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, and Fulton County Schools Area Executive Director Kirk Shrum. The event was moderated by ARA Vice President DeAnn Golden and ARA Communications & Public Relations Committee Chair Christian Ross served as emcee.

The Atlanta REALTORS® hosted this town hall to connect the local community served by local REALTORS® with their elected officials, policy makers, and local industry leaders as well as to keep the community informed about issues important to them. The composition of the panel included a business leader, an education expert, and public policy leaders knowledgeable about area infrastructure, and reflect the same interests of Realtors and the public.

Committee Chair and emcee Christian Ross notes that, “Our purpose in creating this event was to help facilitate conversations between communities and their leaders. Feedback from the participants really helped us craft a community-led event with over two hundred questions received, over half of these specifically related to traffic in the City.”

ARA President Bill Rawlings notes that “Although the association represents much of the Greater Atlanta area, Sandy Springs is the association’s home which has emerged in many ways as a dynamic and exemplary new model city for engaging and serving its citizens.”

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Panelists and facilitators
Panelists and facilitators for the Sandy Springs Town Hall event hosted by the Atlanta REALTORS® Association included (l-r): State Senator Brandon Beach, Moderator and ARA Vice President DeAnn Golden, Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber President/CEO Tom Mahaffey, Emcee and ARA Committee Chair Christian Ross, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, and Fulton County Schools’ Area Executive Director Kirk Shrum.
Atlanta REALTORS® Association
Atlanta REALTORS® Association Vice President DeAnn Golden presents questions to the panel of elected officials and industry leaders at the town hall event. The event was open to the public and the audience of Realtors® and community residents listened and posed questions to the panelists about traffic, infrastructure, education, and other topics of local interest.

About the Atlanta REALTORS® Association:

The mission of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association is about supporting high standards of conduct, the business of real estate, our members, and the communities we serve. Founded in 1910, the Atlanta REALTORS® Association has been an instrumental factor in the growth of organized real estate in the state of Georgia for over a century. With over 8,000 members, ARA is the largest real estate association in the state of Georgia and considered to be one of the strongest and most successful REALTOR® Associations across the nation. Throughout its history, ARA has exerted its influence in civic affairs in its capacity of representing a substantial segment of the business community across Atlanta. The Association has contributed representatives to the Atlanta Aldermanic Board, City Zoning Boards, the Mayor’s Committee on Urban Renewal, the office of Vice-Mayor, the Mayor, County Commissions, and the Atlanta Housing Authority. ARA has consistently, for many years, exerted its influence on behalf of the real property taxpayers. Additionally, the Atlanta Association played a major role in the creation of the Georgia Real Estate Commission and has continued to play an integral part in the development of the Georgia License Law.


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Atlanta REALTORS® Association

The Atlanta REALTORS® (ARA, formerly the Atlanta Board of REALTORS®), is the voice of residential real estate in Metro Atlanta and has been an instrumental factor in the growth of real estate in the state of Georgia for more than a century. As the largest REALTOR® Association in Georgia, ARA serves as a central source of information for its members by focusing on real estate education, the promotion of professionalism in the industry and representing members with legislative initiatives to create positive change for the real estate community. While less than 50% of active real estate licensees in Georgia meet the requirements to become REALTORS®, they constitute 80% of the top producing agents. Membership in ARA is the hallmark of quality, professionalism and production.


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