2050 Plan rolls out to public

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Leadership Collaborative has gained support for the 2050 Plan from elected officials throughout the county and now is seeking the same from the community at large.

A series of community meetings called Celebrate Our Home gets under way this spring, with the aim of educating the public about the 2050 Plan, a comprehensive plan for creating a sustainable community.

The series kicks off March 17 and will run through early May, at schools throughout the county. In addition to providing information on how leaders plan to protect local resources and steer future growth through the 2050 Plan, the meetings will include a showcase to highlight various amenities throughout the county, activities for kids and free food.

"This is all about bringing people together as a community so they can see all the great things in the community to do," said Kay Lee, director of The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, which is hosting Celebrate Our Home in conjunction with the Leadership Collaborative. Lee said those who attend should "walk away with the sense that there's just about nothing they can't do right here in Newton County, from recreation to finding local products and food to local businesses that provide services."

The Center estimates that 61 percent of the county's residents moved here in the last 20 years, so the goal is to bring neighbors who might not know each other together to learn about their community.

The meetings will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • March 17 -- Eastside High School, 10245 Eagle Drive

  • March 24 -- Alcovy High School, 14567 Highway 36

  • April 14 -- Flint Hill Elementary School, 1300 Airport Road

  • April 21 -- Liberty Middle School, 5225 Salem Road

  • May 5 -- Live Oak Elementary School, 500 Kirkland Road

For more information, contact The Center at 770-788-0484, ext. 13 or email anna@thecenter-newton.org.