SMPS February 16, 2021 Emerging Mega Projects in Metro Atlanta: Get in Early!

February 16, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Zoom Virtual Platform

Emerging Mega Projects in Metro atlanta: Get in Early!

A joint virtual program with NAMC (National Association for Minority Contractors) and NOMA (National Organization for Minority Architects)


Session overview:

Happy New Year! Wondering what hot projects are emerging in Atlanta in 2021? Want to know how to get in early?

Join us on Tuesday, February 16th for this panel discussion profiling multi-year metro Atlanta programs including Six West, Rowen, The Assembly, The Atlanta Beltline, and MARTA. Attend to learn more about these MEGA projects, how they will impact the community, and how to position your firm to get involved early. SMPS is excited to also have NOMAtlanta and NAMC join us for this event!

CPSM CEUs: 1.0 hours
Domains: 1, , 3


Marsha Anderson Bomar, F. ASCE, F. ITE, AICP, ENV/SP Trainer
Assistant General Manager for Capital Program Delivery

Marsha Anderson Bomar is the Assistant General Manager of MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority) for Capital Program Delivery with a $400M per year budget.  She is currently serving her fourth term as Council Member for the City of Duluth, Georgia and has been Mayor Pro Tempore three times. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Gateway85 Community Improvement District, the largest CID in the state of Georgia. Prior to the CID, she was the Founder and President of Street Smarts, Inc., a planning, engineering and design firm, and Data Smarts, a data collection and management firm, established in 1990, both of which she sold in 2010. Marsha is an International Past President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and recipient of the Burton Marsh Lifetime Service Award as well as the Theodore Matson Memorial Award. She recently completed her term on the American Society of Civil Engineers Board of Directors.

Marsha earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Transportation Planning and Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. She also holds a Masters of Civil Engineering from Princeton University. Marsha is the author of hundreds of publications, articles and studies and an International speaker on technical subjects as well as Leadership and Ethics.  She is also the Mom of three, stepmom to three, has 4 in-law children, 3 stepgrands and 1 grand.


Artie Jones, III
Director of Economic Development / Executive Director of Clearly College Park
City of College Park, GA

Artie Jones, III was appointed to the position of Director of Economic Development for the City of College Park, in October of 2013.  Jones utilization of industry standards, combined with a progressive approach has transformed College Park into one of the most sought after places to do business in metro Atlanta. 

Artie has also developed College Park’s 1st Tax Allocation District located in downtown College Park. College Park’s first tax allocation district is anticipated to attract over $1.2 billion in development to the new Airport City Project.  He and his team announced the arrival of BMW’s $15 million technical training facility to locate at the Georgia International Convention Center’s Gateway Campus.  The facility will attract 8k to 10k trainees annually to College Park Georgia correlating into significant tax revenues captured in College Park hotels and restaurants.

Artie is now working on establishing College Park’s second tax allocation district along College Parks Old National Highway and Godby Road area.  This redevelopment area will have a significant impact to the canvas of College Park, as there are huge gains anticipated from the relocation of those hotels and industry impacted by the development of the ATL’s sixth runway.

Mason Ailstock
Rowen Foundation

Mason Ailstock is a recognized leader in innovation districts and anchor-driven developments. With nearly 20 years’ experience working with non-profit institutions, governments and industry, Mason has a track record of converging real estate, academia, and business to advance communities of innovation. Immersed in the planning and visioning of Rowen, Mason is responsible for project leadership and operations as President of Rowen Foundation, the non-profit steward that ensures the long-term vision for Rowen is never compromised.

Prior to leading Rowen, Mason served as the Chief Operating Officer of Research Triangle Park the largest research park in North America. Mason is the Past President of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), Co-Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) University Development & Innovation Council, a member of the ULI Center for Leadership, and the Global Eisenhower Fellowships. 

Eric Pinckney
Project Executive, Commercial Real Estate

Eric L. Pinckney is the Project Executive responsible for the implementation of Assembly in Doraville, GA, which is a 145 acre, 10 million square foot redevelopment of the former General Motors plant in metro Atlanta and one of the largest transit oriented developments in the United States. He has been affiliated with Integral since the company’s inception in 1993. Mr. Pinckney has over 25 years of real estate industry experience, including $1.5 billion in multifamily development and $100 million in public improvements. His know-how encompasses engineering design, construction management, project management, and real estate development.

Mr. Pinckney earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013, and currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Tech Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Arthur Blank YMCA. 

Clyde Higgs
President & CEO
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Clyde Higgs currently serves as CEO & President of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. In this role he leads the executive team in providing oversight of the Economic Development, Design & Construction, Real Estate Development, Housing, Procurement, and Human Resources activities of ABI.  He also lends his leadership to establishing and expanding strong working relationships with private and public partners across the region, state and nation. Clyde brings 20 years’ experience in economic development, real estate, intellectual property, technology, strategic planning, design, real estate development, grant and donor funding, and government relations, with a diversity of projects including those that specialize in urban innovation, science and technology.

Clyde is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and holds a graduate degree in Public Administration from East Carolina University. He has served on numerous boards and professional organizations, including two gubernatorial appointments: by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Emerging Technology (Board) for early stage companies working on innovations in the fields of biotechnology, healthcare, energy and information technology; and by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to the State Board of Community Colleges where he served as Vice Chair.

Event champions


   Beth Harris, F.SAME, FSMPS, CPSM

                                Nate Hammond






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Sponsorship opportunities are available!  Please contact Angel Jones, CPSM, [email protected] for additional information.



$25.00 SMPS Member Ticket

$25.00 NAMC Member Ticket

$25.00 NOMA Member Ticket

$35.00 Non-Member/Guest Ticket

$200.00 SMPS Member Firm SPONSOR

$200.00 Non-Member Firm SPONSOR