What are The Development Sessions?

The Development Sessions is a multi-platform information program that focuses on hot topics and best practices in Community and Economic Development

It is designed to provide municipal economic and community development professionals with the most current information, tools, professional insight, and resources available to augment economic development efforts and initiatives through departmental collaboration.
 

By merging the skill sets of a municipality’s economic and community development professionals and their processes, downtown development can be streamlined and approached more aggressively. 

This podcast session is a partnership with The Beer Guys Radio, and is a panel discussion that focuses on the economic potential and development processes of downtown breweries and distilleries. Link to Podcast.

PANELISTS: 
Mayor Mike Eason of Dawsonville
Cheryl Wood, Founder of Dawsonville Distillery
Keri Stevens, Assistant City Manager of Avondale Estates
Nathan McGarity, Co-owner and Developer of Oconee Brewing Company
Taylor Lamm, Co-owner and Brewmaster of Oconee Brewing Company
Rob Hopek and Stacia Familo-Hopek of The Lost Druid Brewery

HOST:
Tim Dennis, Co-host and Co-founder of Beer Guys Radio

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This webinar provides participants with a comprehensive tutorial on how to get your community engaged in participating in the Federal Opportunity Zone incentive program. Holly Hunt, from DCA, explains the nuances of the incentive and provides a cache of resources for communities, investors, and developers.
 

 

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This podcast session focuses on cultivating relationships with Downtown Developers. Downtown professionals are charged with finding development partners that have the skills and resources to assist municipalities with their downtown master plans and vision. Whether they develop one building, an entire block, or a large portion of a master plan, downtown developers are crucial partners in downtown revitalization. 

PANELISTS:
Monica Callahan, Madison Planning Department Director
Hasco Craver, Newnan Assistand City Manager
Sadie Krawczyk, Monroe Economic Development Director

HOST:
Mayor Matt Seale, City of Ocilla

 

This webinar session will provide participants with detailed information about how to fashion an aesthetic and business friendly downtown by creating or modify existing downtown development ordinances. The redevelopment of historic properties, development of infill, implementation of master plans, and land development are all regulated by a municipality’s codes. There are some innovative and flexible tools such as historic overlay districts, preservation ordinances, and form-based codes, that municipalities can implement to better facilitate downtown recruitment and revitalization efforts. This session will focus on what those tools are, what are the benefits of using ordinance-based tools for downtown development, and how to go about adopting and implementing them.

This classroom session provided participants with examples of effective planning and zoning practices to maximize downtown development potential and opportunities.

PRESENTERS:
Katherine Moore, Georgia Conservancy, Vice President, Programs Sustainable Growth Director
Nick Johnson, Georgia Conservancy, Senior Planner

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This classroom session provides participants with a deep dive examination about how to leverage the powers of downtown development authorities and create sustainable development incentives. 

PRESENTERS:
Stephanie Aylworth-Russell, GMA Economic Development Manager
Sadie Krawczyk, Monroe Economic Development Director

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