The Placemaking Collaborative is a three-year program designed to help selected cities develop durable local partnerships to address their most important economic and quality of life issues.  Utilizing a structure similar in design to the highly successful Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) model, the Placemaking Collaborative offers communities a program of collaboration, training, networking, and technical assistance.
The goal of the Georgia Placemaking Collaborative is to identify the unique assets of a community to create and develop strategies and outcomes around quality of life and economic sustainability.  The Collaborative seeks to bring or restore prosperity to a community through the creation of a community and economic development strategy that attempts to capitalize on local assets to create appealing and unique places where people want to live, work, and play.  Placemaking can serve as an effective economic development tool to attract and retain jobs, talented workers, and entrepreneurs.
The Collaborative provides a three-year program of training, technical assistance, and facilitated collaboration for community placemaking teams. The teams are comprised of representatives from local government and a broad group of key stakeholders from the public and private sectors of the community.  Each community’s placemaking team is developing and implementing a local placemaking strategy.
Specialized technical assistance will be given to the participating communities with the goal of advancing each community’s ability to lead successful projects that result in positive short- and long-term outcomes for their community. In addition, the Collaborative seeks to clarify standard practices in placemaking by sharing lessons learned.
With community-based participation at its center, an effective placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to the citizen’s health, happiness, and well-being.

2018 Pilot Program and 2019 Program

The Georgia Placemaking Collaborative has developed a Pilot Program that was launched in 2018.  The Collaborative’s first Pilot Retreat was conducted August 29-30, 2018, in Athens, at the University of Georgia’s Fanning Leadership Institute. A second Pilot Retreat was conducted April 9-10, 2019, in LaGrange. The cities of Bainbridge, Gainesville and Greensboro are the 2018 pilot cities.

Largely modeled after the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program, the Collaborative’s Pilot Program includes two Retreats (conferences) per year. The Retreats include facilitation for community Placemaking Teams along with education and peer learning. The teams are comprised of representatives from city and/or county government and a broad group of key stakeholders from the public and private sectors of the community.

Following an application process, the cities of Albany, Canton, and Millen were selected to participate in the Placemaking Collaborative, beginning with the 2019 Fall Retreat, which will be held August 14-15, 2019 in LaGrange.
The Georgia Cities Foundation received a technical assistance grant through the Building the Capacity of CDFIs in Georgia program to assist in designing the Pilot ProgramThe grant was provided by the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Additionally, the Georgia Cities Foundation has received funding from the Georgia Power Foundation to assist with the Collaborative's operational costs.

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