A College in PTC? Swim in Lake McIntosh? $100K+ For the Future

Take Part in Fayette County's Future on Tuesday July 15, 5:30 p.m. at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree.

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Author: Robert Kinghorn
Date Published: July 14, 2014

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“University of Peachtree City” (UPTC) . Is it a possibility and what would our mascot be? A golf cart?

This Tuesday, July 15th, the Fayette Visioning Initiative (FVI) will hold a public meeting to present action items and goals at 5:30pm at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree.
This includes the exciting potential of a technical college right here in Fayette County! For nearly the past year the Fayette Visioning Initiative has studied, dissected, and planned for the future of Peachtree City and Fayette County. Their purpose? To ensure the area’s success fourfold by focusing on: Education, Economy, Community, and Place.

The FVI presents potential for our very own “world-class technical training facility” and even “determines the feasibility of allowing swimming in limited areas of Lake McIntosh and Lake Horton” and “a triathlon and stand up paddleboard race series.

Funding

The FVI raised 80% of the $102,727 funds spent to create the plan from private companies and business as of April 2014. The investment thus far has revealed impressive insights and most importantly come up with an 72-page action plan to make Fayette County economically robust and socially sound.

Citizen Input

The FVI has and will continue to use citizen input to shape it’s direction. Here’s are some examples of the input the FVI has received:

“Presently, most students have no alternative but to travel to a surrounding county – Clayton, Fulton, Spalding – to obtain technical training and trade skills. The tuition money and associated jobs do not benefit Fayette County. Let’s have a local technical college where our young people who do not desire to attend a traditional four-year college can learn the skilled trades.”

“In the last Fayette vision process the main outcome was Piedmont Fayette Hospital. We need to think big again.”

“Students can learn outside the classroom in fields like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, culinary arts, public safety, welding, and more…qualified workers in these fields are in high demand… Fayette has the need, SCTC is ready to partner, and the time is right to establish a College and Career Academy to pull the partnerships together.”

“Many of the comments … mentioned the need to create a youthful vibe in the
community. What better way to do this than create a college town feel. If this University focused on the arts that would generate future workers at Pinewood this would even be better because we could retain those students in the community… “

(From participants on the online forum Mindmixer)

The FVI is huge in scope and breadth: Better Arts, Housing, Education, Careers, and Community.

The potential for swimming and a college only touch the tip of the iceberg. The FVI includes everything from internships for all high students, to using crowd funding sites to fund the projects citizens like most. New housing that is affordable, yet high quality to attract young professionals and families. Incentives to create more jobs like an entrepreneurial incubator. Dual enrollment options with local colleges and universities. An attractive scene for college students to have fun and enjoy cultural events, music, and arts.

The potential is incredible for Fayette County to attract young professionals and families. From electricians to locksmiths, filmmakers to HVAC, this 5 year plan could be a stepping stone to putting us on the map in a big way. Whether you’re new to Peachtree City or been here for years, you can engage in the process and play a part in making Fayette County an unrivaled community.

Fayette Citizens are invited to come and learn about this incredible 5 year plan.

Everyone is invited to the next Fayette Visioning public meeting to learn about the plan. The committee members will present a plan overview in a large group session. Afterwards, small group breakout sessions will be held where citizens can meet directly with steering committee members to learn how to get involved and discuss questions in detail. Tuesday, July 5:30pm at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree.

About the Initiative:

The Fayette Visioning Initiative is a group of Fayette County business and community leaders working to create a five year vision plan for Fayette County. Further info: www.FayetteVision.org. Email info@FayetteVision.org to join the mailing list or request a visioning speaker for your group or organization.

Dozens of Local Entities have donated money and in-kind contributions:
Georgia Power
Coweta Fayette EMC
Fellowship of Love Church
Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Kaiser Permanente
Individual – Pota Coston
Mark Gray State Farm Insurance
Panasonic Automotive Systems Co of America
Weaver Allstate Insurance Agency
Heritage Bank
Fayette County Development Authority

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  55. Nancy Ruck on July 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I do not know why people cannot swim in Lake McIntosh. I did see 4 boys swimming there a few weeks ago. They were jumping off the rail on the ramp which I thought was dangerous. Why no swimming?? I would have to have more info on a tech college, but I do think that it is important that tech teaching is offered.

  56. Carol on July 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Advanced education is always a great opportunity. I am glad PTC. Is headed toward more progress!

    I wish they would build a housing community for senior citizens ( those who have many contributions to society) I heard they did not want Sun City in PTC —- why not!

  57. Robert Kinghorn on July 15, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Great comments. That’s the best part of the initiative is it’s all about citizens sharing their input. Whether you support the idea of a new college or don’t, the meeting tonight is a great opportunity to give feedback and help shape our future.

  58. Jennifer Botkus on July 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Yes, and it’s a “day” college. I spoke directly to a campus that offered student housing.

  59. Jennifer Botkus on July 14, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Having grown up in a college town, I would not support any type of college or university that would have students living on or around the campus. Property values would suffer, infrastructure would suffer, and public services would suffer. Sorry to say it, but out of town college students will not respect the community that they temporarily inhabit. Currently, in my home town with a university, property taxes are very high, property values are greatly diminished, and most homes are sold to out of town investors that then rent only to the students. Ever lived anywhere surrounded by college students? It is NOT pleasant. Not to mention the very real fear of the university, eventually invoking “eminent domain”. If this comes to fruition near my home in PTC, I will soon be selling while I can still get a decent price for my house.

  60. HMJ on July 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    There already is a college in PTC – a university in fact – Clayton State.

  61. Joann Bennett @ Re/Max Legacy on July 14, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    As a Peachtree City resident since 1991 and real estate business owner for over 18 yrs in this town I am excited to hear that the expansion of educational opportunities are in the works !. This not only helps the youth, those looking for a career change but our home values can only be benefited by having an institution of higher learning in our town to offer residents and expanding businesses,

  62. Lisa McKinnon-Miller on July 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    There are quite a few empty office buildings and a lot in the industrial area. Why not start there and utilize those spaces?

  63. Lisa McKinnon-Miller on July 14, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I am a 41 year resident of Peachtree City and want to be involved in the vision of a college here in our city. I own a local company and can help with printing and promotional items for this project.

  64. jason on July 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Why not there is a vast open space between fayetteville and peachtree city. There are tons of career fields that could be taught and put into place at pine wood

  65. Mike Smith on July 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    All I can say is awesome! The idea of bringing youth and training into Peachtree City makes me a 56yr old guy feel much more youthful just thinking about it. I would love to take a few classes myself if it was convenient and bringing the revenue home. All I can say is I’m excited about the idea.

    • Robert Kinghorn on July 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      I agree: Just think if Fayette County could provide education that could funnel people to Pinewood Studios as well!

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