Center for Community Preservation honored by regional civic league
Group recognized for local projects
The Center for Community Preservation and Planning was recently honored with The Regional Excellence Award by The Civic League for Regional Atlanta for its work in Newton County.
“It was an honor to be identified this first round,” said Hosanna Fletcher with The Center who traveled to Atlanta last Tuesday to accept the award on the nonprofit’s behalf. “We’re in the Atlanta region but we’re on the exurb regions of the Atlanta region. For them to take notice of us all the way out here, it’s just amazing.”
Started in 2002 with a grant from The Arnold Fund, the Center has made a name for itself as a neutral meeting space where parties and individuals from all over the county can come to discuss and debate various joint ventures.
Among the projects The Center has helped to facilitate are the U.S. Highway 278 Livable Centers Initiative, updates of Covington and Newton County’s Comprehensive Plans, the future history center at the old jail, Newton County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan and the UGA design studio charrettes.
But the Center is primarily known for its work with the Leadership Collaborative. The Leadership Collaborative includes more than 50 Newton County leaders, including members of the Board of Commissioners, the Board of Education, the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority and city council members from the county’s municipalities.
The collaborative was formed with the intention of crossing traditional jurisdictional and departmental lines while working towards the goal of commu- nity sustainability. One result of the collaborative was the recent move by all four of the county’s major bodies — the BOC, BOE, NCWSA and the city of Covington to align their yearly budgets to a fiscal year schedule to allow greater efficiency when working together.
Fletcher said she was touched that Covington Mayor Kim Carter, Covington Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams, Covington Planning and Zoning Director Shelley Stiebling and District 5 Commissioner Monty Laster all traveled to Atlanta on Tuesday to support The Center in its accep- tance of the award.
“The center doesn’t exist on its own. We exist only because we’re relevant to the people that we work with,” Fletcher said. “The fact that they came out on a cold Tuesday night into Atlanta… it just means so much that they are supporting the Center on an ongoing basis.”
The Center was one of four nonprofit organizations to receive the award this year. This was the first year the award was given. Other recipients of the award include, After-School All-Stars of Atlanta, the Cumberland Community Improvement Dis- trict and Cobb Parks Coalition.
According to a press release, The Regional Excellence Award was created to recognize individuals, organizations and initiatives that demonstrate a high-level of commitment to creating a better Atlanta region.
The Civic League for Regional Atlanta is a non-partisan, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to address issues of regional significance through the building of consensus.