Urban Planner Stephanie Ashe Brown of Chastain & Associates LLC gave the CEO students a tour of downtown Decatur as we continue our lesson on the components of business developing; land or existing space.

She shared with us the partnerships often used as decisions are made on renovating space, how history can play a factor, the importance of community support and presented the students with a challenge.

The students were presented with a piece of green space in the downtown Decatur area that they are to develop. They are to take what they have learned about TIF districts, zoning, ordinances, the target market and the needs of this city and create a proposal of what they think the downtown area could use.

Stay tuned! Next week they will present their plans to a panel of engineers, urban planners, city officials and developers.

Thank you Stephanie for your time! We learned a great deal and can’t wait to apply what we have learned in our projects!

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