Newton County Tomorrow will host the stakeholder meeting on May 26
COVINGTON, Ga. – As Newton County once again experiences a historic rate of growth, an organization formed more than 20 years ago returns to help facilitate planning and communications efforts.
Newton County Tomorrow, a nonprofit collaboration formed at the turn of the century, is set to host a stakeholder meeting on Thursday, May 26 from 3-6 p.m. inside Newton County College and Career Academy.
The organization was formed around 2003 when the county was growing at an exponential rate and the need for community leaders to work and plan together was “clear”, recalled Newton County Tomorrow President Jerry Roseberry.
At the time, Newton was considered one of the fastest growing counties in the country.
Local leaders, led by the Arnold Fund, launched Newton County Tomorrow and the Center for Community Planning and Preservation, Roseberry said. The Center has since become a neutral meeting place for local governments, authorities, agencies and other interested individuals and groups to “work collaboratively to improve the realm of government” and also improve the quality of life throughout the county.
Over the years, Newton County Tomorrow’s efforts have been recognized nationally by the Orton Foundation, which has selected Covington, Oxford and Newton County as “one of five communities in the United States honored for their collaborative work”, and by the American Planners Association. , which named Newton County Tomorrow its National Winner for Planning by a Small Community.
In April 2022, the University of Georgia Archway Foundation announced that Newton County Tomorrow had been selected as one of four cohorts for UGA’s new Connected Resilient Community program. The program will help cities and communities “harness UGA’s resources and expertise to address local challenges and become more attractive for economic development.”
In an application to be part of the Connected Resilient Community program, Newton County Chamber Speaker Debbie Harper, who also serves on the Newton County Tomorrow Board of Directors, wrote, “Our community is at a crossroads of growth. , which is really already there. We’ve done a good job being at the forefront of growth, but there’s a feeling of being crushed if we don’t come together to move forward. Our identity as rural vs metro needs to be defined. We believe we have the right players around the table, we just need facilitation and direction to dig deeper into our toughest issues, identify solutions and initiatives so we can move forward as a connected and resilient community.
Roseberry, who is a former mayor of Oxford, said officials from the UGA Archway Partnership will be on hand for the Thursday May 26 stakeholder meeting to discuss the program.
Thursday’s reunion will mark Newton County Tomorrow’s return to the public eye after a nearly four-year hiatus. The last major council action then took place to help facilitate the stakeholder part of a comprehensive transportation plan for the county in 2017, as well as build support for SPLOST 2017 and E-SPLOST 2018. .
“It was important that this be done,” Roseberry said. The news tomorrow’s return from Newton County. “We have expanded the board and made it up with good people…It is important to have a neutral place where government leaders can come together to meet, study, plan and act on behalf of all the community.”
The Newton County Tomorrow Board of Directors is made up of 20 members – 10 people who serve on the executive committee, including the county chairman and the five city mayors, and 10 people who serve as “at-large members”.
The executive committee meets regularly once a month and the full board meets every two months.