Greetings from Athens
Artist: Taylor Shaw
Funded by Athens Downtown Development Authority
Envision Athens’ Good Neighbor Awards, which began in 2019, publicly honor its recipients by acknowledging their contributions to the Athens community and recognizing them as excellent examples of good neighbors. Community members are encouraged to nominate those who they feel exemplify a good neighbor in each of four categories: Create Athens (Arts & Culture), Healthy Athens (Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder), Abundance Athens (Food Insecurity) and Educate Athens (Workforce Development). Nominations are due by October 6, 2022.
Let’s Come Together To Shape a Better Tomorrow
Envision Athens is a community-wide effort to develop a common vision for the future of the Athens-Clarke County community.
This process has resulted in a visionary, yet achievable multidimensional strategy to guide community and economic development for the next 20 years. This will lead to a shared sense of accountability and commitment to implementation and a sense that this is not “just another plan.” Envision Athens was and will continue to be open and inclusive, intuitive and informed, and carefully designed and implemented.
Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy
Artist: Elio Mercado & Broderick Flanigan
A Project of Athens Cultural Affairs Commission
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.
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.
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.
Winterville Community Garden
Artist: Winterville Elementary students, Community members, Cameron Ferrelle, Carli Brownlee, Peter Loose and Tex Crawford