Archive for October, 2013

ARC Now Accepting 2014 LCI and Community Choices Applications

October 10, 2013

The Atlanta Regional Commission is currently accepting applications for 2014 funding for Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Studies and Community Choices Implementation Assistance.

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013.

To learn more and apply, visit the LCI and Community Choices Application webpage.

The LCI program awards grants on a competitive basis to local governments and non-profit organizations to prepare and implement plans for the enhancement of existing centers and corridors, consistent with regional development policies. The program also provides transportation infrastructure funding for projects identified in LCI plans.

The Community Choices Implementation Assistance program provides select communities with pro bono technical assistance to implement innovative, quality growth policies and plans that they have established through LCI studies and other planning efforts.

Nov. 13 Historic Preservation Forum to Focus on Easements and Revolving Funds

October 2, 2013

The next Regional Historic Preservation Forum is set for Wednesday, November 13 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. at the Atlanta Preservation Center (327 Saint Paul Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312).

The program will present information on Historic Preservation Easements, a little known but incredibly effective preservation tool. Representatives of Easements Atlanta will give a presentation that focuses on program basics, legal issues, and Metro Atlanta case studies. Staff from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will follow and discuss the topic of Revolving Funds, including Metro Atlanta and statewide case studies.

If attending, please RSVP to Marcy Breffle at

Visit ARC’s Historic and Cultural Resources webpage for more details and to download the event flyer.

Questions? Contact Allison Duncan at 404-463-3284 or

Registration Ends Tomorrow for Oct. 16 Community Planning Academy on Newton County Planning and Economic Development

October 1, 2013


ARC’s Community Planning Academy (CPA) offers high-quality, cost-effective training and workshops to local elected officials, local government employees and others who are involved in the planning process. CPA provides planners and decision-makers with tools to make effective decisions regarding their community’s future.

The next installment of CPA is set for Wednesday, October 16 and will examine the intersection of planning and economic development in Covington/Newton County. The registration deadline for this CPA training is TOMORROW, October 2.


In 2012, Baxter International announced plans to build a $1 billion state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Covington. This move will create over 1,500 new full-time jobs and have a significant impact on the regional economy. The October 16 CPA training will share how a dedicated group of community leaders embarked on a process of education, planning and collaboration that now constitutes the “Newton Model.” Many point to this process, and the resources it has created, as crucial to securing the Baxter deal. Participants will come away with a clear understanding of this model of cooperation among local governments, as well as ideas for how they can spur similar discussions and progress in their own communities. This event will be followed by an optional Learning Lab on October 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the same location.

When and Where

October 16, 2013 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Center | 2104 Washington Street SW, Covington, GA 30014
Cost: $75 per person; includes breakfast, lunch and bus tour
Registration deadline: October 2

AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits will be pursued for this event.

More information and links to registration for both the Oct. 16 CPA and the Oct. 17 Learning Lab are available on ARC’s Community Planning Academy webpage.

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