Explored nationally recognized redevelopment success story of Greenville, SC
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) September 16, 2013 — The community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, led its second annual Redevelopment Peer Tour to Greenville, SC, on Friday, September 13. The day-long trip brought together more than 75 Gwinnett elected and community leaders representing the County, ten cities, four Community Improvement Districts, and multiple private sector partners. Attendees gained insight, ideas, and direction on redevelopment best practices that have been executed in greater Greenville.
The program involved opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange, a walking tour of the redevelopment successes, and case studies of two specific projects: RiverPlace and Project One. Both projects represent thriving, mixed-use developments offering housing, retail, business, and entertainment options. Thirty years in the making, the success story of Greenville is one of leadership, smart policy, and proactive public-private partnerships.
Gwinnett County District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks, stated, “Redevelopment brings an enhanced quality of life, new businesses, and improved infrastructure to a community. When policies, practices, and leadership are in place to support these efforts, there is a proven positive impact on the local tax base.”
Greenville, SC has gained increasing notoriety as a Southeastern community of choice for families, young professionals, and companies alike and is nationally recognized in the United States for its “renaissance” Redevelopment in the city has evolved around a vision for a thriving, state-of-the-art community, in which numerous opportunities exist for housing, businesses, and entertainment.
“Gwinnett communities are creating redevelopment strategies that will make them live, work, play centers, similar to what we saw in Greenville,” said Mayor Nancy Harris, City of Duluth. “By participating in peer-to-peer exchanges, we are able to explore methods to further facilitate and promote successful redevelopment practices that will bring businesses, jobs, and retail to downtowns and activity centers.”
The trip was planned and facilitated by the Partnership Gwinnett Redevelopment Task Force, comprised of more than 25 community and business leaders dedicated to facilitating redevelopment in target areas across the County. These initiatives seek to educate and inform Gwinnett leaders, and subsequently spur action to redevelop areas of the community.
“The efforts of the Redevelopment Task Force complement the ongoing work of Community Improvement Districts in the County. As we learned in Greenville, strategic redevelopment, coupled with vital transportation enhancements and sound land use strategies, are catalysts for economic development and job creation,” commented Chuck Warbington, Executive Director of Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District and Chairman of the Partnership Gwinnett Redevelopment Task Force.
Since its inception in 2007, Partnership Gwinnett has been actively engaged in community development and redevelopment, primarily through the work of its Redevelopment Task Force and annual Redevelopment Forum, which is scheduled for October 31, 2013. This program will highlight how specific best practices relate to the Gwinnett community and the release of an updated inventory of top redevelopment opportunities from across the County.
“The success story of Greenville is not the work of a single person, but the unwavering implementation of a common vision, despite changing leadership and challenges. We hope that this is the inspiration our leaders felt as they concluded the visit,” commented Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.