FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA –The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) Board of Directors elected Paul Morris to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Morris brings almost 30 years of experience to the organization, including previous work in consulting and line management roles focusing on transportation, urban redevelopment, natural resource management, public parks, and the development of corporate and institutional facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The announcement is the result of a national search conducted by the Board with support from Korn/Ferry International. In making this election, the Board authorized Chairman John Somerhalder to finalize negotiations with Mr. Morris regarding the terms of the employment agreement.
“With almost 30 years of transportation and urban development experience, Paul Morris brings an impressive depth of management experience to the Atlanta BeltLine,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “I am confident that under the leadership of Mr. Morris, the Atlanta BeltLine will continue to drive projects that will make Atlanta a national model for urban revitalization.”
As President and CEO of ABI, Mr. Morris will lead the organization that is the implementing entity of one of the most transformative urban redevelopment and mobility projects in the country.
ABI was formed in 2006 by Invest Atlanta for the purpose of managing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine project. Working with partners, including City of Atlanta departments, its functions include specifically defining the Atlanta BeltLine plan; leading efforts to secure federal, state and local funding; continuing the community engagement process; managing all vendors and suppliers; and serving as the overall project management office to execute the Atlanta BeltLine project.
ABI is also responsible for tracking and reporting progress on the project to the Atlanta City Council, Atlanta Public Schools, and Fulton County, the three taxing authorities that authorized the Atlanta BeltLine TAD legislation in 2005.
”We had an outstanding group of finalists for this position and we believe that the depth and variety of experience Paul Morris has will make this great project and organization even stronger,” said John Somerhalder, Chairman of the ABI Board of Directors. “This team has done a tremendous job during the transition and we want to keep the momentum going. We believe Mr. Morris is the right person to guide the progress of the Atlanta BeltLine into its next phase.
Prior to joining ABI, Mr. Morris served as Deputy Secretary for Transit for the North Carolina Department of Transportation where he was responsible for the department’s multi-modal divisions as well as a number of land use and transportation initiatives. Previous to that role, he worked with a number of consulting and investment firms including Parsons Brinckerhoff, Cherokee Investment Partners and his own firm, McKeever/Morris Inc.
”I am honored by the Board’s decision and am very much looking forward to joining this exceptional team,” said Paul Morris. “I have been a fan of the Atlanta BeltLine for a long time and am very excited by what has already been accomplished and the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Mr. Morris has received numerous awards and recognition from groups including the State of North Carolina, The Waterfront Center, 1000 Friends of Oregon, National League of Cities, US DOT and the Army Corps of Engineers. He received his undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon.
About the Atlanta BeltLine
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments.