The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) recently named 10 communities, including Woodstock, as PlanFirst communities. In order to receive PlanFirst designation, a community must demonstrate excellence in planning and apply for participation. Communities recognized for their ability in planning and development must indicate their success across four key areas: goals, leadership, participation, and implementation of planning initiatives within the community.
The PlanFirst designation, according to the press release from the GDCA, will bring with it funding and visibility benefits for Woodstock. The commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Gretchen Corbin stated that, “Good planning by local communities is the hallmark of economic growth. These are communities that can serve as statewide models for others in how to actively and strategically implement a vision for the future.”
Woodstock will officially receive its award on PlanFirst Day on Jan. 28 2015 at the Capitol and will hold its designation for three years. Read the official press release at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to find out more about the financial and visual opportunities that Woodstock is now eligible for as a PlanFirst community.