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Launched in 2004, The Initiative grew out of Georgia’s experience with the National League of Cities’ Affordable Housing Program and the success stories that were celebrated at the annual Magnolia Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. Since then, eighty-four communities have directly benefited from the program.


Our Partners

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Georgia Power is our founding sponsor. The Archway PartnershipCarl Vinson Institute of Government, and UGA Extension provide in-kind support, and the program is partially funded by a USDA Rural Development RCDI grant. Retreats are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

Currently Participating Communities

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Baldwin County Blakely


Chattooga County Jonesboro Hartwell
Ellijay, East Ellijay, & Gilmer County Calhoun Conyers
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Towns County Covington Ocilla
Rabun County East Point Rossville/ LaFayette


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