We are so thrilled to share some big news on the award of an ARC CDAP grant to provide training for our citizen boards! We are thoroughly excited to be working not only with the Atlanta Regional Commission and their partners on this very important project, but also with our colleagues at the Georgia Planning Association who will be providing support as well.
On June 14th, the Atlanta Regional Commission announced that it will provide critical planning and technical support to 18 metro Atlanta communities through the agency’s Community Development Assistance program (CDAP). The projects were chosen through a competitive process that solicited proposals from cities, counties, and non-profit organizations across the Atlanta region. ARC will provide a combination of staffing resources and grants to the selected communities to support a wide range of land use and development initiatives that aim to improve quality of life for residents.
Norcross' Citizens Boards Training Program is one of the 18 projects that will be supported by the grant. ARC will facilitate a day-long training for all Norcross boards and commissions to improve understanding of the roles and functions of the various citizen boards. The training will include both general responsibilities of all boards as well as specialized break-out sessions.
Applicants were evaluated based on eight regional priority issues that were developed based on feedback from local governments:
- Access to healthy food
- Creative placemaking
- Green infrastructure
- Historic preservation
- Housing affordability
- Lifelong communities
- Smart communities
- Workforce development
In addition to utilizing staff resources, ARC is collaborating with six regional partners through this program:
- Georgia Conservancy
- Georgia Power
- Georgia State University
- Georgia Tech
- Urban Land Institute
The City of Norcross is beyond honored to be of the select few chosen, and looks forward to the launch of its new program.
Click here to read the full news release from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) News Center.