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Chatt Hills leaders attend nature-commerce course


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Nov. 21, 2018 - 9:44 PM

A team from Chattahoochee Hills participated in a three-day course designed especially for Georgia’s small communities seeking to differentiate their communities based upon their natural and cultural assets.

Working with national and regional experts on sustainable tourism, economic development, natural and cultural resources, transportation and branding, the eight-person team crafted a new vision that focuses on the unique assets that make Chattahoochee Hills a more appealing place to live, work and recreate.  

Their vision was shared at the Nov. 8 city council meeting. Most of Chattahoochee Hills is in Fulton County, but part of the city is in Coweta.

This first statewide course in Georgia was hosted by the city of Porterdale at its historic Mill at Yellow River. The Conservation Fund designed and delivered the program, attracting teams from across Georgia.

Nine communities were selected to participate in the program. Each formed a diverse team that included business and tourism representatives, elected officials, civic leaders, public land managers and engaged citizens. The teams then crafted an action plan to implement within their community.  

Representing Chattahoochee Hills were parks commission chair Diana Wilson, councilmembers Claire Williams and Alan Merrill, planning commission members Patrick Johnson and Jett Hattaway, Allison Duncan of the Atlanta Regional Commission, City Planner Mike Morton, and City Manager Robbie Rokovitz.

“The partnership with Chattahoochee Hills was an ideal candidate for this program due to their strong ties throughout the community and their passion for protecting and enhancing the area’s natural and cultural resources,” said Katie Allen, director of The Conservation Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network. “It’s our goal to help communities foster valuable partnerships, reinforce development plans that balance environmental and economic goals and provide technical assistance to enable places like Chattahoochee Hills to thrive.”