The 2020 Georgia Placemaking Application is due on December 20, 2019.

The Georgia Placemaking Collaborative (GPC)

This three-year program designed to assist participating communities in identifying their unique assets to develop strategies and outcomes centered around quality of life and economic sustainability. The Collaborative consists of city sponsored Community Placemaking Teams (CPT) comprised of representatives from city government and a broad group of key stakeholders from the public and private sectors of the community. The teams participate in the three-year program by attending two retreats per year for the first two years. The third year will focus on facilitated tracking and impact analysis of the development projects that the teams complete. The retreats include education about the Placemaking Collaborative’s approach to economic development; individual facilitation for community teams on community visioning, planning, project development, funding, implementation, tracking and impact analysis; professional placemaking practitioner consultation and education sessions; and peer learning.

The Collaborative is sponsored by GMA, the Georgia Cities Foundation, the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Georgia Conservancy, and Georgia Power.

2018 Pilot Program and 2019 Program

The Georgia Placemaking Collaborative 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.

The 2019 Georgia Placemaking Collaborative teams are from the cities of Albany, Canton, and Millen 
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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