Our Mission

Envision Athens serves Athens-Clarke County as the catalyst, convener, and champion of progress in addressing our community’s most pressing needs and optimizing our opportunities for collaborative community development. 



Our Vision

We aspire to reach our full potential in unity, prosperity, equity, and compassion. The sense of togetherness motivates increased pride, unparalleled civic enterprise, and significant progress.



Our Movement

  • This is an unprecedented opportunity for our entire community.

  • The private sector, public sector, not-for-profit agencies, and citizens.

  • Envision Athens is about breaking down barriers and learning from one another.

  • It is about coming together to think about our future and working toward a common vision.

Envision Athens is our community and our future!


Planning of this scale represents good stewardship. Communities—like businesses—cannot reach their potential without a deliberate and thoughtful blueprint. Our community has many significant assets and the potential to evolve dynamically in the future. This potential has a much better chance to be realized with an intentional and thoughtful planning process. One of the special aspects of this planning process is that it informed and influenced the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County’s state required, 2018 Comprehensive Plan update. The Envision Athens process has established a larger community-based vision which not only helped to inform the development of the local government’s Comprehensive Plan, but also created an environment where organizations sat down across the table from one another and found common ground on which to begin working on the issues that matter most to our community.

The Process

Preparation for the planning process started in October of 2016 and concluded in December 2017.

Click here to view the historical timeline of the process in its entirety.

Plan Elements

The Envision process helped produce the Action Agenda, and many of these recommendations have also be integrated into the Comprehensive Plan for Athens-Clarke County. The diagram below illustrates the unique and common elements of each plan.