Local leaders attend seminar

Published 9:36 pm Thursday, September 30, 2021

Local leaders had an opportunity to get a few ideas and some pointers on how to make downtown areas a better place.

The Troy University IDEA Bank and the City of Troy presented, “Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool,” Wednesday. Placemaking is a process of creating places that people want to live, play, learn and work in. The IDEA Bank workshop gave local and area leaders some insight into the multi-faceted approach of planning, designing and management of public spaces that capitalize on the best aspects of a community in order to create a public space that pro-motes health, happiness and well being.

“We had representation from the City of Troy, Pike County Chamber of Commerce and representatives from surrounding counties coming together to build a stronger community,” Lynne George, IDEA Bank director said. “Troy University was also well represented. We brought a lot of people here today to brainstorm and share ideas.”

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Nathan Norris, founder of City Building Partnership, based in Pike Road, lead the workshop. Norris previously served as CEO of the Lafayette (Louisiana) Downtown Development Authority. He co-wrote the Lafayette Downtown Code, which was one of the winners of the 11th annual Richard H. Driehaus Form-Based Code Award in 2019.

During the workshop, Norris covered how to incorporate placemaking into economic development and tourism strategies, zoning codes, retail, affordable housing and downtown revitalization.