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Old 01-07-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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The mayor didn't say what the inner city redevelopment project was... But one can only assume it's the Laney Walker iniative..

Augusta Weekly Update 1/7/11 | Facebook
Last month, I was asked to be a presenter at the Mayor’s Institute on City Design’s 49th National Session in Santa Fe, New Mexico next month. Along with six other mayors from all over the nation, I will be presenting a case study on one of our inner-city redevelopment projects and will then be given input on the project from some of the top minds in urban design. This week, I had the chance to meet with Radhika Mohan of MICD to begin outlining my presentation and I’m excited to share that she was very impressed with our ongoing revitalization efforts. Needless to say, I am very proud that our community is receiving national recognition for our revitalization efforts and I look forward to representing Augusta in Santa Fe next month.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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Actually Laney Walker/Bethlehem will be only one of the areas discussed at the conference..

Copenhaver to present at Santa Fe conference | The Augusta Chronicle
Mayor Deke Copenhaver will be a guest presenter at the Mayor's Institute on City Design conference being held Wednesday through Friday in Santa Fe, N.M.

Copenhaver will address four Augusta initiatives in the works and funded through a $900,000 grant that advance the Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda aka Richmond County master plan, he said in a news release.

The initiatives include redevelopment of neighborhoods around Paine College, Georgia Health Sciences University and Southgate Shopping Center; reconfiguring a Georgia Department of Transportation plan to widen 15th Street; revising codes to facilitate redevelopment; and creating an implementation plan for developing green, affordable housing within the plan's priority corridor, which follows 15th Street from downtown to the former Regency Mall.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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Mayor Deke Copenhaver will join more than 250 mayors, funders and design leaders to explore development, transportation and 21st Century challenges and make recommendations to Federal officials at the National Mayors Summit on City Design April 27- 29 in Chicago. The three day conference will explore and promote the critical importance of design in urban environments.

The Summit will be part celebration, part investigation, and part think tank. Mayor Copenhaver recently presented at The Mayors’ Institute on City Design on the HUD Challenge Planning Grant/ DOT TIGER II Planning Grant Program which was awarded almost $900,000 from HUD and an additional $900,000 from DOT to the City of Augusta for sustainable development initiatives along a 4.5-mile stretch of the 15th Street-Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard-Deans Bridge Road corridor.
http://www.augustaga.gov/archives/13...Y%20DESIGN.pdf
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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Augusta’s revitalization of Laney Walker/Bethlehem were featured at Georgia Planning Association Spring Conference(held May 12th-13th in Peachtree City). Planning professionals from around the state get an eyeful of Augusta’s “game-changing” national model for public-private partnership to transform the City’s urban center.

That larger story, as both Wheeler and Wiles noted, has a number of complex moving parts. First, there is the role that the city itself is playing as master developer for the revitalization of Laney Walker/Bethlehem. It’s a role that caught the eye of William Sankey at Harvard University’s School of Design, who noted that Augusta’s model breaks new ground by being a completely public entity focused on everything from planning to master development to overseeing construction. But there is also the story of grassroots leadership, involving a 16-month process of community outreach in which long-term residents voiced their desire for objectives ranging from affordable home ownership and rental to creation of more green space and the celebration of the community’s rich historical legacy.

There is the remarkable story of 50-year bond financing through the levying of a 50-cent hotel tax and the leveraging of that public financing by private investment. And there is the story of creating an extensive team of developers, builders, engineers, architects, and sales/marketing personnel to implement the plan. “One of the most interesting things about this project,” noted Hawthorne Welcher, Jr., Assistant Director of the Housing Department, “is that we’ve probably generated as much if not more interest and excitement outside Augusta as we have in our own backyard. There’s a lot of buzz coming off the recent Harvard University study. We just got a call from Georgia Trend magazine wanting to feature our work. Folks in Augusta should feel a measure of pride in what people outside our region are saying about our revitalization effort.


The website of the flagship neighborhood in Laney Walker...
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