Archive for March, 2014

2014 Southern Regional Grant Conference Set for April 10-11

March 13, 2014

The 2014 Southern Regional Grant Conference is set for Thursday-Friday, April 10-11. Reserve your spot at the Sheraton Suites Galleria Atlanta now by visiting the Georgia Grant Professional Association’s website at

The conference is $150 for Grant Professionals Association members and $175 for everyone else. Don’t miss this affordable opportunity to expand your knowledge base, network with your peers, ask questions of expert panelists, and participate in multiple breakout sessions.

Workshops are being offered for all grant professions (local government, K-12 education, consultants, non-profit, etc) and from beginner to advanced experience levels.  A sampling of workshop topics include:  technology for grant professionals, grant management 101, grant consulting, and one private foundation’s behind the scenes look at how funding decisions are made.

If you are registered and paid in full to attend the Southern Regional Grant Conference before midnight on March 31,2014 you will be eligible to win grant training from Grant Writing USA.  The training is regularly $595 for their two day grant management class and $425 for the two day grant writing class, but Grant Writing USA wants to further your professional development as an added benefit to attending the grant conference in Atlanta.  Grant Writing USA is the Premier Sponsor of the 2014 Southern Regional Grant Conference hosted by the Georgia Grant Professionals Association and wants you to expand your grant skill set.  One lucky registrant will be selected in a drawing to win this fantastic training opportunity.  You pick the time, location, and grant management or writing class based on the workshop list posted on their website.

Tactical Urbanism Coming to Atlanta’s Historic Auburn Avenue

March 13, 2014

Mark your calendars for the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, March 26, and join the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and your fellow Atlantans for a “Living Beyond Expectations” Visioning Workshop. The event will take place from 4:00-8:00 p.m at Operation Hope (inside the Ebenezer Community Resource Center), 2nd Floor, at 101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.

This workshop is part of a larger demonstration project that ARC is spearheading as part of its Lifelong Communities initiative, with assistance from noted planner, speaker, researcher and writer Mike Lydon from the Street Plans Collaborative. Inspired by local events such as Atlanta Streets Alive, ARC is taking a tactical urbanism approach to this project, using short-term and low-cost methods to temporarily transform two blocks of Auburn Avenue into a model Lifelong Community – a healthy, walkable place that provides a variety of housing, transportation and service options for persons of all ages to live through all stages of their lives. The model created through this project will serve as a tangible example of how any community can transform itself into a place for all ages. Over the course of three days, from Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22, ARC will work with stakeholders and volunteers to temporarily transform Auburn Avenue between Fort Street NE and Jackson Street NE using inexpensive or donated materials and engaging programming.

The March 26 Visioning Workshop will engage stakeholders in helping shape the community vision for the street transformation. Visit the demonstration project’s Facebook page for more information on the March 26 event and the overall effort.

Mike Lydon will also be staying in Atlanta to speak at ARC’s Land Use Coordinating Committee (LUCC) meeting on the morning of Thursday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. at ARC. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

MARTA Releases Request for Proposals for Edgewood/Candler Park TOD

March 4, 2014

— From a March 3, 2014 MARTA email blast —

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (“MARTA”) is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the Edgewood/Candler Park Station Transit-Oriented Development (“TOD”). MARTA has partnered with Invest Atlanta, the City’s economic development agency, to identify a team to develop a 5-acre parcel adjacent to the Edgewood/Candler Park Station on the Blue Line.

This well-located property is three stops from Downtown and within walking distance of the Edgewood Retail Shopping Center to the west, the Schwan’s Bakery to the east, with the surrounding community primarily consisting of residential uses.

Successful proposals will advance MARTA’s overarching strategic TOD goals, which include:

  • To generate greater transit ridership – a natural consequence of clustering mixed-use development around stations and along corridors;
  • To promote a sustainable, affordable and growing future for the people of Metro Atlanta; and
  • To generate a return on MARTA’s transit investment – through enhanced passenger revenues, greater federal support, and development on MARTA property.

A copy of the RFP can be downloaded from the Invest Atlanta website at:

Proposals are due to Invest Atlanta by April 28, 2014. Inquiries regarding this opportunity should be directed to:
Alan Ferguson, Sr.
Neighborhood Revitalization Manager
Invest Atlanta

For additional information on MARTA’s TOD program, please visit:

Registration for March 5 Regional Housing Forum Still Open

March 4, 2014


Registration is still open for the next Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, which will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

For full details and registration, visit

The topic this quarter is How Community Matters: The Nexus of Education, Communities and Housing, featuring two keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Cynthia Kuhlman, Director of Educational Achievement, Cousins Foundation, Inc. With more than 30 years of experience with Atlanta Public Schools and her direct role in building successful community collaborations to support schools, Dr. Kuhlman will frame the larger issue for discussion.
  • Margaret “Marjy” Stagmeier, President, TI Asset Management. Ms. Stagmeier is an industry leader with more than 25 years of experience in property and asset/portfolio management. She will provide an example of her direct partnership experience with a metro Atlanta elementary school.

The balance of the program will be dedicated to an interactive dialogue among keynote speakers
and Forum attendees.

Detailed Program Description

The academic achievement gap between poor and non‐poor students is well‐known. Low‐income children consistently fall behind their peers in test scores, graduation rates, college enrollment, and other measures of academic success. In many cases, low‐ and moderate‐income families cannot afford to live near high‐performing, high‐scoring schools. A growing body of examples demonstrates that building partnerships between schools, families, affordable housing stakeholders and community organizations can reconnect schools to their communities and improve educational achievements for young people.

Forging partnerships between schools, families, and community organizations helps develop targeted educational programs and supports, and helps increase access to services and opportunities to ensure that children succeed in school and are prepared for adult success. Likewise, partnerships have the opportunity to change traditional paradigms and improve school systems. In tough neighborhoods, and especially in large urban areas, schools can become disconnected from other assets, isolated from community leadership and concerns, and fragmented in their approach to young people’s development. Moreover, besides directly affecting the lives of individuals and families, young people’s educational success is important to the economic success of neighborhoods and cities.

The next Regional Housing Forum in June 2014 will take up the question of how these partnerships can improve the educational success of our region’s students and ultimately the long‐term health and viability of our regional neighborhoods. What roles do community stakeholders play in fostering partnerships between apartment building owners, developers, school board officials, non‐profit organizations, and others? What models can we look to in our region and others that have successfully used community partnerships to improve education?

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