NP is pleased to announce a variety of news this month:
Comprehensive Planning in Greenville, SC
NP is part of the Planning NEXT led team for the update of Greenville, SC’s Comprehensive Plan. GVL2040 will be a two-year effort aimed at updating the city’s 2009 comprehensive plan. The city, located near the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. Greenville is a highly rated city on a number of best places to live, best places to visit rankings. It has numerous assets including a thriving food and cultural scene, the innovative Clemson University International Car Research Center, and a pedestrian friendly, picturesque downtown often held as a national model for other cities. NP will be responsible for the economic development strategy elements of the plan.
UGA Supported Athens Innovation District Launched
A year ago Ninigret Partners wrapped up the Athens Innovation Initiative project that provided Athens Clarke County GA with a roadmap to gain greater economic benefits from its growing creative and entrepreneurial community. One of the immediate outcomes was the announcement of the Athens Creative Development Campus. Part of our work for Athens pointed out the growing research base and entrepreneurial energy at the University of Georgia.
Another key outcome of our work was the President of UGA appointing an internal task force to look at a UGA driven Innovation District to build on our findings. The Innovation District Task Force recently delivered its final report to the President, which outlines a strategic vision and corresponding action steps to create a campus hub that sits adjacent to the downtown to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and industry collaboration. Last week the University of Georgia’s President Jere W. Morehead assigned a launch team to oversee the initial stages of the Athens Innovation District.
Envision Athens Wins Outstanding Planning Award
Just this month the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association awarded Envision Athens with the Outstanding Planning Process Award—recognizing the quality and completeness of the overall planning process. As part of the Envision Athens process, NP provided a detailed economic assessment including a focus on economic infrastructure and workforce availability. Here is link to earlier reporting on our work for Envision Athens.
NP Welcomes Its Newest Team Member
NP welcomes Keelia Kentor to the NP team. Keelia brings with her experience in transportation planning, city planning, and campus master planning. She will up our game for physical planning and has already been instrumental in research related to transportation corridor and housing studies this past summer. And the best part – we are also less graphically challenged thanks to her design abilities! For more info about Keelia check out our About Us page.
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