Local Leaders Attend Seminar – The Troy Messenger


Local leaders had the opportunity to get some ideas and advice on how to make downtowns better.

The Troy University IDEA Bank and the city of Troy presented on Wednesday “The creation of places as a tool for economic development”. Creating places is a process of creating places where people want to live, play, learn and work. The IDEA Bank workshop gave local and regional leaders insight into the multi-faceted approach to planning, designing and managing public spaces that capitalize on the best aspects of a community to create a public space that promotes health, happiness and well-being.

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

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

During the workshop, Norris explained how to integrate place creation into economic development and tourism strategies, zoning codes, retail, affordable housing and downtown revitalization.

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