Archive for August, 2012

Gwinnett Redevelopment Forum Set for Thursday, October 11

August 29, 2012

Partnership Gwinnett & the Council for Quality Growth will host the Annual Gwinnett Redevelopment Forum on Thursday, October 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come join an interactive discussion about energizing redevelopment, creating the infrastructure for future investment and implementing innovative revitalization strategies.

For more information and registration, visit


4 APA CM credits, 4 Real Estate CE Credits, or Engineering PDH Credits

The Redevelopment Forum is an annual event that brings together:

  • Local government officials
  • Private developers
  • Business and community leaders
  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Urban planners

Keynote Speaker:

Charles Waldheim, Chair of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Charles Waldheim is internationally recognized for coining the term “landscape urbanism.” This school of thought is an ecological alternative to “new urbanism” and has gained wide recognition quickly because of its unique ability to reconcile contemporary economic systems with the underlying ecological conditions around which communities are created. The concept of landscape urbanism is sweeping design schools, academia, the avant-garde and the media.

Featured Organizations:

  • PlaceMakers, Alabama
  • River City Company, Chattanooga, TN
  • City of Suwanee
  • City of Decatur
  • Perimeter CID
  • City of Smyrna

Featured Sessions:

  • Why Redevelopment?  Why Now?
  • Extreme Makeover- Greenfield Development to Redevelopment
  • STAR Approaches (Sustainable and Transferable Approaches to Redevelopment)
  • Show me the Money – The Economics of Redevelopment

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012


RedClay Theatre, 3087 Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096


$35 – Partnership Gwinnett Investors

$45 – Gwinnett Chamber Members

$55 – Non-members

$85 – 3 registrations purchased together




Next Regional Housing Forum Sept. 5, Panelists Announced

August 29, 2012

ARC is pleased to announce the panelists for the next quarterly Atlanta Regional Housing Forum on Wednesday, September 5.

The topic is “Who are we? How will changing demographics shape our communities?”


9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. Welcome – Bill Bolling, Atlanta Community Food Bank

9:35 a.m. Post-Transportation Referendum – Doug Hooker, ARC

9:45 a.m. Context for Forum – Bill Bolling

9:50 a.m. Who Are We? – Panel Discussion


Ms. Luz Borrero, Vice President, Purpose Built Communities

Mr. Doug Hooker, Director, Atlanta Regional Commission

Dr. Michael Rich, Director, Office of University-Community Partnerships, Emory University

Ms. Lejla Slowinski, Executive Director, Lawrenceville Housing Authority

The 2010 census data has been released and confirms the changes we’ve seen in the Atlanta region in the last decade. Georgia’s population grew by 1.5 million – with nearly 70% of that growth coming from our 20-county region. Leading the growth is Gwinnett County with an increase of 216,000 (36.9%) and Fulton County with 104,000 (12.8%). The most striking change is the increased diversity of our region. African Americans, Hispanics and Asians combined for an increase of more than 915,000. The majority of which (518,734) were African Americans. In fact, Metro Atlanta has now surpassed Chicago for the second-largest African American population in the United States, comprising 34% of the total metro population.

In addition to these demographic changes, the lingering economic and societal impact of the Great Recession poses many questions for our region. How can we leverage our best asset – our diversity – to strengthen our economic standing and our reputation as a region good for business? How will we build consensus necessary to make major decisions on transit and transportation?  How will these changes affect wealth, educational needs, housing types, and more?

We often view our social issues within a historical lens, depending on past trends to guide our opinions, but these changes have effects on our society that must be put in context of our future, not our past.

For registration and more information, visit

Note: There is no fee to attend the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, but we do ask that you register, and that you bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Where: Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community (40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-2538)

When: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 9:30-11:45 a.m.

EPA Webinar on School Siting: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2:00pm Eastern

August 29, 2012

From a recent EPA e-blast:

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, join EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities to discuss the Agency’s voluntary school siting guidelines (, which can help local school districts and community members evaluate environmental factors to make the best possible school siting decisions. The presentation will focus on how the location of a school affects how its students get to it, and how school siting and design influence traffic congestion, air pollution, school transportation budgets, and children’s health and obesity.

Presenter Tim Torma is Deputy Director of EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. This presentation is cosponsored by the US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program.

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern

Go to:

No pre-registration is required.

Call 1-888-850-4523. Participant passcode: 719661. This conference has a maximum audio capacity of 299 callers.


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EPA Brownfields Grant Webinar TODAY at 3:00 p.m. EDT

August 9, 2012

This just in from the EPA Smart Growth Program / Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization:

Join EPA’s Smart Growth Program for the upcoming webinar, Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants: Opportunities for Local Governments and Nonprofits. Please note that the call-in information has changed.

Conducted with the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, this webinar will focus on the benefits of area-wide planning for brownfields development and a new grant opportunity for local governments and nonprofits. The webinar will feature Drew Curtis of the Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, NJ and Jim Gulnac of Sanford, ME, who will discuss pilot projects and lessons learned in their communities. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance credits for this activity.

Learn more about the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program at

Webinar Details

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 3:00-4:00 Eastern
To join this webinar, click on
No pre-registration is required. Participants may log in as guests.
Audio will be available through a conference service. Call 1-888-850-4523. Participant passcode: 719661.
This conference has a maximum audio capacity of 299 callers.

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