The Georgia ECONOMIC
Placemaking Collaborative
(GEPC)

 

THE PROGRAM

The Georgia Economic Placemaking Collaborative is three-year place-based economic development program that provides participating communities with education, facilitation, technical assistance, networking, peer learning, and incentives to help identify their community assets and develop a locally based placemaking strategy.
  • YEAR ONE: education, visioning, and planning.
  • YEAR TWO: development projects, funding, and implementation.
  • YEAR THREE: tracking and impact analysis.


THE COMMUNITY TEAMS

The Georgia Economic Placemaking Collaborative emphasizes the importance of equitable and inclusive community engagement in the development project process. The Collaborative is designed to work for cities with differing demographics. The participating cities vary in size, population, racial makeup, and socio-economic status.
Assembling a diverse community team is required for cities to participate in the Collaborative. Each community team consists of: elected officials, city staff, members of downtown development organizations, chambers of commerce, faith-based organizations, local associations, business owners/operators, and residents. The Collaborative assists the community teams in identifying projects that reflect the unique cultural and historic character of the community.


 

THE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

The success of the Collaborative is the variety of statewide organizational partnerships that finance, support, and manage the program. The Collaborative partners are: Georgia Municipal Association, Georgia Cities Foundation, UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and Georgia Power.
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