Updates from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs

DCA Takes CPI to Carrollton

The echoes of our recent Spring Community Planning Institute still reverberate through the streets of Carrollton, Georgia! Teaming up with the Georgia Planning Association, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) orchestrated a dynamic two-day workshop that drew over 50 attendees! From the bustling downtown square to the insightful walking tour, we delved into the heart of community revitalization and innovation. 

As we strolled through Carrollton, soaking in its charm and history, we uncovered gems of wisdom on adaptive reuse, the art of place-making, and the transformative magic of downtown amphitheaters. Our diverse group, representing Waycross, Fort Valley, Seminole County, Cornelia, Grovetown, and beyond, came together to learn from the best – our state, regional, and local planning leaders. 

And hey, while St. Patty’s Day might be behind us, let’s not pack away those shamrocks just yet! DCA is thrilled to announce that the City of Dublin is the lucky host for the 2024 Fall CPI in October. Get ready for more collaborative learning – dates to be unveiled soon! 

From the fundamentals of community planning to Georgia’s planning requirements, we covered it all. We dove into the art of engaging constituents in envisioning their futures and explored implementation tools with real-world examples from PlanFirst communities. Not to mention, we delved into regional planning, downtown activation, historic preservation, housing education, policy tools, and the real pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – grant opportunities. 

Looking forward to seeing you in Dublin in October for our next CPI! 

PlanFirst Awards

On Thursday, March 14, four of our newly named PlanFirst designees attended an award ceremony at the Georgia Capitol. The communities of Bainbridge, Hawkinsville, Marietta, and Perry all received a plaque commemorating their exemplary comprehensive planning efforts. Commissioner Christopher Nunn praised their innovative work, and we were honored with the addition of congratulatory remarks and a Senate Resolution from State Senator Larry Walker.

From rural to urban, and everything in between, Georgia’s PlanFirst designees are engaging in excellent planning that benefits all their residents, helping improve quality of life throughout their communities and regions.

Learn more about the PlanFirst program