Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that she has appointed Thomas Weyandt, Jr., as the interim general manager of Renew Atlanta, a position responsible for the Renew Bond and TSPLOST, two infrastructure improvement programs for the city.
According to a city press release, Weyandt, a former Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta, has more than 40 years of experience in economic development, policy research and regional planning industries.
During his time as deputy COO, he worked with city transportation agency partners and coordinated all activities between the departments of public works, planning and community development, the release said.
Weyandt also served for the Atlanta Regional Commission as the director of comprehensive planning, where he managed a 68-member staff in all physical planning activities, focusing on regional transportation, soci-economic research and a number of environmental concerns.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Tom back to the City of Atlanta,” Bottoms said. “Atlanta is seeing tremendous infrastructure growth, and having a person with Tom’s experience is essential to our progression. I look forward to the continued success of this program under his leadership.”
Atlanta has seen a number of new and significant transportation programs in the past few years.
Renew Atlanta, a $250 million program, is the first major investment in Atlanta’s aboveground infrastructure in more than a decade, the release said. Additionally, the TSPLOST took effect on April 1, 2017 and will generate approximately $300 million over a five-year period to fund significant and expensive transportation projects citywide.
“I am pleased to be returning to serve the city of Atlanta in these vital and highly successful programs,” Weyandt said. “The investments being made in our transportation system will be positive impacts on our community for years to come.”