Over the last four months, the Envision Athens process has engaged hundreds of residents in discussion on the future our Athens-Clarke Community. Through large and small meetings and the process website, thousands of comments have been collected. The Steering Committee used this input to form the foundation of a draft community vision and fourteen topical goals. We came back together at the Community Summit on April 20th, to affirm our direction and take the next step forward. It’s an exciting future we’ve envisioned, but it will take action to realize our goals.
In the coming months, the Envision Athens Steering Committee and the 150 community stakeholders will be developing action recommendations to move the community forward. These projects, policies and programs will address our community’s needs and take advantage of our opportunities. Through the Community Assessment we learned a lot about our strengths and weaknesses. The Planning Team has expanded this research and taken a “deeper dive” into the most interesting and pressing topics. This additional analysis will reveal strategic opportunities unique to Athens-Clarke County. These recommendations will empower the community to leverage its assets and take full advantage of its opportunities.
There’s still room for your input. As the draft plan comes together, the Steering Committee will re-engage with the community to celebrate our progress, establish our priorities, and launch implementation of the Community and Economic Development Strategic Plan. In late summer, look for an exciting announcement about coming events and stay engaged with the process through social media and the website.