Erin Barger Selected As Envision Athens Project Manager
Athens, Georgia – Envision Athens has been a transformative process for our community and is unprecedented in its scope, collaboration, and commitment. In February 2018, the Envision Athens Implementation Oversight Committee began seeking a consultant for the Ongoing Project Management of the community-wide, public-private Envision Athens Action Agenda.
This two-year contract position will be supported by The Oversight Committee, who will provide guidance as the Action Agenda is implemented. The Oversight Committee is a group composed of major community stakeholders: Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Clarke County School District, the University of Georgia, Athens Housing Authority, Athens Technical College, Georgia Power, Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, United Way of Northeast Georgia, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Winterville. Each has made funding contributions to support the Project Manager and the implementation of the Action Agenda. In addition, the Oversight Committee added three citizens to the group following an open call for applicants: Kathryn Smith, Julita Sanders, and Solomon Smothers.
Following a meeting on March 29th, the Envision Athens Implementation Oversight Committee selected Erin Barger as the Project Manager.
Barger and her family moved to Athens nearly nine years ago when she began serving as Executive Director for Action Ministries, a local nonprofit whose mission is to lead people out of poverty. Barger moved into a regional role in 2014 as Vice President overseeing the North Georgia region for Action Ministries, a role she held until this past September.
Barger served as a community member on the Envision Athens steering committee since the beginning of the project in 2016. She was a committed member of the steering committee, actively engaging with stakeholders and the community, while garnering support for the project throughout the process.
The oversight committee was impressed with Barger’s confidence in and vision for the implementation of the Action Agenda.
Says Barger about her new role as Project Manager,
“Several months ago, nearly 2,000 Athenians came together to create a roadmap for our collective future. The product of those collective efforts, combining nearly 10,000 pieces of input, is a robust vehicle that will drive us forward, together. There is no community I love and respect more than Athens. I can imagine no greater honor than serving as the chief steward of this plan; the opportunity is humbling. Moving forward, the Envision Athens’ Action Agenda is our collective roadmap, helping us bring to life the Athenian oath: Together, ‘we will fight for the ideals and Sacred Things of the City both alone and with many….we will transmit this City, not only not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.’ Let’s get to work!”
Erin Barger’s role will be to administer the Envision Athens Action Agenda; communicate progress to the community; and engage, oversee, and coordinate stakeholder’s work towards identified goals. Barger’s contract will begin May 2, 2018.