Field Trip: Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Field Trip Provides Insider Perspective on the Magic Behind the Atlanta BeltLine’s Public-Private Partnership Success

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is well known for its ability to facilitate relationships with and bring together partner organizations to drive innovation and progress. In recognition of the Atlanta BeltLine as a model of successful public-private partnership, on September 18, 2014, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) toured 31leaders of other nonprofit organizations around the Atlanta BeltLine as part of its “Field Trip 2014” series. The trip provided participants with the opportunity to travel the Atlanta Beltline corridor and hear from many of our partners regarding the work they are doing with us.

Led by Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Interim Executive Director Rob Brawner, and Lee Harrop, Program Management Officer for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the tour visited key sites along the Atlanta BeltLine, including Historic Fourth Ward Park, the Eastside Trail, the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing, the Urban Farm, the Westside Trail and Washington Park. We of course couldn’t do the Atlanta BeltLine without our wonderful partners, so stops featured conversations with:

  • Curt Soper, State Director, The Trust for Public Land
  • Ed McBrayer, Executive Director, PATH Foundation
  • Greg Levine, co-Executive Director, Trees Atlanta
  • Betty Hanacek, Director of Capacity Building, Park Pride and Executive Director, Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy
  • Jeff Baxter, Path Force Unit Commander, Atlanta Police Department
  • Daniel Jessee, Outdoor Programs & Outreach Market Manager, REI
  • Angele Hawkins, Executive Director, New Hope Enterprises

Participants of the tour included… Coxe Curry & Associates, Georgia Organics, Woodruff Arts Center, The Giving Kitchen, Emmaus House, The Wren’s Nest, Alliance Française d’Atlanta & More

Field Trips 2014 is a new professional development concept from GCN. Field Trips engaged nonprofit staff, board members, volunteers, and students in a weeklong learning experience throughout the week of September 15-19. Participants chose from 15 Field Trip outings — each held on site at leading nonprofit, foundation, or corporate headquarters. At each of these small-group sessions, participants had a unique opportunity to experience some of the most innovative and proven methods to advance the mission impact. – See more here.

“We were thrilled to feature the Atlanta BeltLine as one of our 2014 Field Trips, a totally new kind of learning experience for the sector, which spurred hundreds of nonprofit professionals to move out of the office and into the field with us to experience innovative, high-performance strategy in action,” said Karen Beavor, GCN president and CEO.

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