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Dalton and Whitfield County Create Joint Community Development Corporation

The Whitfield County Comprehensive Plan recognizes that safe and affordable housing is an integral part of a community’s economic strategy. As a result, the Dalton-Whitfield Community Development Corporation was founded in the early 2000s. Their mission statement is “To facilitate the ability of all Dalton, Whitfield County and regional residents to acquire and maintain safe and decent housing.” To that end, this CDC has worked diligently to promote and provide quality housing for the citizens of Dalton and Whitfield County. Over the years, the organization has addressed issues relating to both owner-occupied and rental housing. They have coordinated workshops on topics ranging from homebuyer education to foreclosure prevention to refinancing and repairing a house to provision of housing for the homeless, and many other topics. The CDC also works with developers to locate financing and take advantage of incentives for provision of affordable housing within the community. Gaile Jennings
Office of Workforce Housing and Quality Growth
North Georgia Water Resource Partnership

In 1998, representatives from the Coosa Valley Regional Development Center and North Georgia Regional Development Center began discussing a regional partnership to address water resource issues in Northwest Georgia. The Northwest Georgia Regional Water Resources Partnership was formed and endorsed by the Board of Directors of both RDC’s. Leaders in the region recognized the importance of watershed planning and believed that this would be best accomplished through coordination of local initiatives to address state water resource protection guidelines.
In 2012, to better coordinate with the state’s regional water planning effort, the organization’s name was changed to the North Georgia Water Resources Partnership and its boundaries were changed to include those used for the state regional water plan guided by the Coosa-North Georgia Water Planning Council. Water withdrawal and discharge permit holders and interested entities not holding water permits were included in the planning activities and were invited to join the partnership
In 2013, the Coosa-North Georgia Regional Water Planning Council designated the Partnership as its technical advisory body. In 2014 the Partnership received a Regional Plan Water Seed grant from the Georgia EPD to prepare three studies for the Coosa-North Georgia Water Planning Region: (1) Agricultural Water Use, (2) Emergency and Redundancy Interconnectivity Study, and (3) Water Transmission Grid Study. The Partnership is currently surveying water permit holders to determine water management practices including water quality, wastewater management, water supply, and water conservation.
Northwest Georgia Regional Commission

Rockmart - Silver Comet Trail Trailhead

The Silver Comet Trail runs from Smyrna to the Alabama state line, through Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties in northwest Georgia. Because of its location, the Rockmart Trailhead provides access to downtown Rockmart for Trail users, and this means more activity for downtown businesses. The City, and the facility staff have noticed a significant uptick in the numbers of Trail users coming into town. In the comprehensive plan for Polk County and the cities of Aragon, Braswell, Cedartown and Rockmart (2007-2027) are numerous references to the Trail and the opportunities for recreation and economic development that it generates. Of particular interest is the item in the 2012-2016 Short Term Update for Rockmart, calling for the City to “Renovate existing Senior Center to become Rockmart’s Silver Comet Trailhead." After several years of discussion and planning, this proposed activity became a reality when it opened to the public in August of 2013. This facility offers a welcome stop for travelers on the Trail, providing a place to stop to access snacks and restroom facilities, or just looking for conversation. 770-684-5454

South Rome Redevelopment

The Rome-Floyd County comprehensive plans have long envisioned redevelopment and sustainable development in the area of South Rome, specifically calling for housing revitalization and support of the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation in the work programs. South Rome is one of Rome’s oldest neighborhoods outside the City center, having started in the 1870’s. The City of Rome has used DCA’s CHIP program to build quality, affordable workforce housing in the distressed South Rome neighborhood. Rome’s CHIPBuild project has numerous single-family homes on lots where previously burned or decayed structures had been removed. These programs have been so successful that planned redevelopment of North Rome is now being undertaken. The importance of the redevelopment of its neighborhoods and the provision of workforce housing is reinforced by inclusion of a web link to more information under “Economic Development” on the Rome-Floyd County website. Bekki Fox
Rome-Floyd County

Walker County Modifies Land Use Regulations for Smart Growth and Greenspace

Walker County used a Quality Growth Grant from DCA to modify existing land use regulations to promote smarter growth, commercial greenspace design and preservation of green space. Building codes and a countywide building inspection program have been added to support this effort. The modifications of local regulations were decided through a series of eight public meetings facilitated by nationally known smart growth advocate Randall Arendt and regional architect Richard Rothmann. Walker Co. Planning Office


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