Interview with Joel Cowan, May 15, 2008

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Joel Cowan discusses the planning and development of Peachtree City, urban development in Atlanta, and broader infrastructure issues in Georgia, such as transportation, housing, watershed management, and the roles that the public and private sectors play in development. Cowan graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in industrial management. Before graduation, he planned the community of Peachtree City, and served as its first mayor in 1959. He served as campaign manager, honorary chief of staff, and chair of the Growth Strategies Commission for Governor Joe Frank Harris. Cowan was the founding chairman of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. From 1990-1995 he served on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.






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Joel Cowan and Bob Short, “Interview with Joel Cowan, May 15, 2008,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed December 7, 2022,