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Public invited to learn about smart growth strategies
Public invited to learn about smart growth strategies

Residents and business owners are invited to learn more smart growth strategies at a public forum with Smart Growth America on April 15 at 5:30 p.m. in Commission Chambers at Government Center (700 Poplar Street).

The forum is part of free, grant funded technical assistance program offered by Smart Growth America. The organization will be meeting with the community and representatives from Macon-Bibb County, the Urban Development Authority, New Town Macon, Chamber of Commerce, Planning & Zoning, the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Industrial Authority, Development Authority of Bibb County, and the College Hill Alliance.

Smart Growth America – a national nonprofit that advocates for better cities, towns, and neighborhoods — announced in December 2014 that Macon-Bibb was selected to receive this free technical assistance workshop. Through the support and guidance of our Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative team, Macon-Bibb developed an application that was one of 14 selected from more than 120 applications submitted from 35 states.

“Smart Growth America is committed to providing the tools and training to help community leaders keep their cities and towns livable, vibrant places,” said Roger Millar, Director of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute. “Macon-Bibb County is facing some important opportunities and challenges, so the time is ripe for a discussion of smart growth tools the community can employ to plan for future growth in the most strategic way.”

Macon-Bibb was the only city in Georgia selected for the program and was chosen because of a demonstrated need for education and assistance with sustainable growth strategies and best practices. With a renewed effort to revitalize its urban core through projects such as ongoing loft developments, the Second Street Corridor, and the Macon Action Plan, and successful efforts like the College Hill Corridor and NewTown Macon, Macon-Bibb expressed a need for assistance with ensuring efforts are linked, sustainable, and have an impact on the entire community. Macon-Bibb wants to help local businesses, the community, and government administrators clearly define parameters of smart growth strategies and polices.

For more information about Smart Growth America and the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative, click here.

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