Four Georgia communities recognized for successful planning
“PlanFirst” designation brings funding, visibility benefits

 

 

Atlanta, GA (February 2, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced today that four Georgia communities have received statewide distinction in the PlanFirst program, which recognizes excellence in community planning.  Cook County, along with the cities of Douglas, Dunwoody and Vidalia have each achieved the state of Georgia’s “PlanFirst” designation, a commendation given to communities that have a proven track record of implementing their plan and a history of good plan development. 

“Good planning sets the stage for economic growth,” said Camila Knowles, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. “Our PlanFirst communities serve as statewide models for others in how to actively and strategically implement a vision for the future.”

 

To apply for PlanFirst, communities are required to address four primary program criteria focused on having a proven record of plan implementation success: goals, leadership, community participation and implementation.  The designation is for three years – beginning January 1, 2017 – and enables these communities to take advantage of various incentives that include public recognition, eligibility for specified grant opportunities, and certain reduced interest loans.  Communities received their awards during “PlanFirst Day” at the Capitol on January 26, 2017.

 

The next deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.  More information about the program is available on DCA’s PlanFirst website.  The Department of Community Affairs developed the program with a steering committee comprised of partners including the Georgia Municipal Association, Association County Commissioner of Georgia, the Georgia Planning Association, the Regional Commissions, and the University of Georgia Archways program, and other state agencies including the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, the Historic Preservation Division and Environmental Protection Division. 

 

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About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.

 

CONTACT:          

Adriane Wood, Planning Outreach Coordinator

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

(c) 478-319-0433

Adriane.Wood@dca.ga.gov