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GMA Names Albany to Georgia Placemaking Collaborative 2019

Post Date:05/29/2019 12:15 PM

Albany, Georgia -The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and the Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF) recently named Albany, Georgia - Downtown Albany as one of the freshman communities of the Georgia Placemaking Collaborative’s 2019 program.

 The City of Albany Downtown Manager’s Office sought this opportunity to attain assistance in creating a diverse vision that includes every member of the community; and is championed by the residents, business owners, city staff and the evolving elected government. GMA and GCF joined the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and Georgia Power to help selected cities develop durable, local partnerships to address their most important economic and quality of life issues. Each city team is comprised of representatives from the city and/or county government, and a broad group of key stakeholders from the public and private sectors of the community.

 “Attracting and retaining talent is critical for Georgia to prosper in a knowledge-based economy, and placemaking can serve as an effective economic development tool to draw talented workers and entrepreneurs,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson.

 Modeled mainly after the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program, the collaborative consists of a three-year program with two retreats per year. These retreats are a critical component of the Georgia Placemaking Collaborative. During the retreats, participants will receive training from expert presenters, along with facilitated work sessions and networking opportunities with other communities.

 “Creating a vibrant downtown is one of our key objectives. We are certain that this platform will allow us an opportunity to take advantage of both state and local resources that will foster a framework inclusive of work-plan initiatives, and small business development that foster positive growth” said Downtown Manager Lequrica Gaskins.

 “This collaborative seeks to bring or restore prosperity through the creation of a community and economic development strategy,” said GMA Downtown Manager Stephanie Aylworth. “These strategies will capitalize on local assets to create healthy, appealing and unique places where people want to live, work and play.”

 The fall 2019 retreat will be conducted on August 14-15 in LaGrange, Ga. 

 For more information about the Georgia Placemaking Collaborative, please contact Stephanie Aylworth at (678) 244-0511 or



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