Rural economic program to boost efforts in Burke County
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Burke County is being added to a program to help leaders of rural communities create quality places where people want to live, work, visit and learn.
The University of Georgia is expanding its so-called placemaking activities to Baldwin, Ben Hill and Burke counties. Washington County is also a focus of similar efforts that are taking place in 16 counties across the state.
The university is using $249,980 in U.S,. Department of Agriculture funds on a program called PROPEL – Planning Rural Opportunities for Prosperity and Economic Leadership.
PROPEL will develop a strategy to support economic efforts that capitalize on a community’s unique needs and assets.
A core team of leaders in each community will learn to analyze economic and labor market data over a couple of years and identify community resources that drive growth.
The effort has three main objectives:
- Build the capacity of rural community leaders for placemaking and community planning.
- Develop a community placemaking strategy.
- Assist communities with implementing their plan.
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