August 10, 2017 – The Envision Athens Steering Committee leaned in to their work this week to develop a draft action agenda to lead the Athens-Clarke community forward. The group met for just over two hours to discuss their collective proposals and will continue their conversation over a full day work session in late August. Through thousands of comments the group has narrowed their recommendations, seeking to address the community’s most pressing issues.
During the committee’s previous meeting, the consulting team presented their key findings from their target analysis. Kevin Hively, principal at Ninigret Partners, outlined key community challenges related to workforce, housing and the economic development. This annotated presentation has been uploaded below and included in the Reports section of the website. The committee will use these findings, the priorities revealed through the community engagement, and baseline analysis to develop their recommendations.
The draft action agenda will be organized by the 14 community goals presented during the Community Summit on April 20. These include topics like Environment, Arts & Culture, Economic Development and others. The committee also discussed the contents of community’s guiding vision statement. The Envision process will result in a 20-year plan to move the community forward. The committee has begun to draft an aspirational statement that summarizes the priorities of the community and outlines the future of Athens-Clarke County.
The committee will hold its Actions Work Session in late-August and take the draft agenda out the community for review in the early fall. For more information on Envision Athens or to get more involved stay tuned to the process webpage and find us on Facebook.