(AUGUSTA, GA) The next quarterly community meeting regarding developments in Laney Walker/Bethlehem is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, 6 pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Come here about developments on LW Boulevard, along Wrightsboro Road, and on Heritage Pine. Details to follow.

(AUGUSTA, GA) Paine College has received the prestigious U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science & Engineering Improvement Program grant award to strengthen education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Paine was one of only 12 colleges and universities to receive this national award to increase the number of ethnic minorities, particularly ethnic women, studying in STEM fields.

(AUGUSTA, GA) The national daily electronic news service, Triple Pundit, which is devoted to issues of sustainability, carried a feature article, “Augusta, Georgia: A Green Masters Jacket for the City?” in its October 7th edition. The article focuses on the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization effort.

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Georgia Planning Association, at its annual conference held in Savannah, Ga this year, announced on Friday, Sept. 30 that the Heritage Pine development is the recipient of its 2011 Outstanding Plan Implementation Award. Heritage Pine, comprised of some 44 single and duplex affordable homes along Pine and 11th Streets south of Laney Walker Boulevard, is the flagship development in the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization effort. A few select photos are posted on LW/B Facebook page

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Morris Museum of Art is featuring Mark C.McDonald, president and CEO of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation,at its Art at Lunch event on Friday, October 14 at noon. McDonald will be addressing statewide efforts to save historic architectural treasures.

(AUGUSTA, GA) The Augusta Housing and Community Development Department will be shortly releasing RFQs for three distinct development projects: one at Wrightsboro Rd. and RA Dent, a second for rehab of the historical Penny Savings Bank, and a third for the historic St. Benedict building at 12th Street and LW Boulevard. Details to follow.

(AUGUSTA, GA) The new College of Dental Medicine building on the Georgia Health Sciences University campus has been recognized as the Best Higher Education/Research Project from ENR Southeast, an industry magazine focused on construction news and trends. In less than two years, the empty site has become a functional facility full of students, patients and staff.
www.georgiahealth.edu and www.augustatomorrow.org

(AUGUSTA, GA) Historic Augusta, Inc. and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum are jointly hosting its second annual forum, This Place Matters: Preserving Augusta’s African American Communities, on October 28-29 at Tabernacle Baptist Church. The event features a keynote talk by Dr. Richard K. Dozier (Dean of the Robert Taylor School of Architecture & Building Construction Sciences at Tuskegee University,) and a bus tour of significant African American sites in Laney Walker/Bethlehem.

(AUGUSTA, GA) New Partners for Smart Growth, the preeminent national organization for safe, healthy, and livable communities in the U.S., has selected the Augusta Housing Department to present details of the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization effort at its annual conference in San Diego, CA Feb. 2-4, 2012. Topic of the presentation: “Restoring the American City: Augusta, GA and Laney Walker/Bethlehem.”

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