Initiatives

  1. Athensmade

    Athensmade’s purpose is to help drive local economic growth and diversity by developing the brand of the community through programs that build and support local businesses, assist entrepreneurs, and foster connections between local educators and our business community. They also aim to engage the entire community in the development of a succinct and well‐known spirit of pride around doing business in Athens.

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  2. Athens Wellbeing Project

    The mission of the Athens Wellbeing Project is to integrate the planning efforts and improve the outcomes achieved by local institutions, organizations, and community stakeholders through collecting and sharing open-access, neighborhood-level data that is representative of Athens-Clarke County's population.

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  3. Envision Athens

    Envision Athens is a community-wide effort to develop a common vision for the future of the Athens-Clarke County community. This process will result in a visionary, yet achievable multi-dimensional strategy to guide community and economic development for the next 20 years. In doing so, a shared sense of accountability and commitment to implementation will be achieved –this will not be “just another plan.” Envision Athens will be open and inclusive, intuitive and informed, and carefully-designed and facilitated.

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  4. Southern Network for Economic Mobility

    The two year Southern Network for Economic Mobility program calls for the creation of an eight member team of community leaders in business, government, education, nonprofits, and philanthropy. This team is to examine how well existing systems are reaching those young people facing the most difficult barriers to advancement; analyze the policies, systems, and culture that impede their progression; and adapt or build the pathways that connect institutions and social supports, from school to rewarding employment.

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  5. West Broad Initiative

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