Atlanta Board of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network Awarded Placemaking Grant to Help Improve Beltline Community

ATLANTA, GA – October 8, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Atlanta Board of Realtors® has received a $2500.00 Placemaking micro-grant from the National Association of Realtors® to help make the Beltline community a better place to live and work by transforming unused public spaces into vibrant community places. The grant is intended to help Realtor Associations partner with others to plan, organize, implement and maintain placemaking activities in their communities

The Atlanta Board of RELATORS® Young Professional’s Network (YPN) has partnered with the Atlanta BeltLine to sponsor a permanent installation at the BeltLine TrailStation Welcome Center. YPN is honored to sponsor this internationally recognized project by donating approximately $3,900 to be used towards the exterior renovation at the TrailStation. In addition to housing the offices of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership staff, the TrailStation will welcome users of the Eastside Trail looking for information on Atlanta BeltLine construction schedules, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, limited concessions and Atlanta BeltLine merchandise. It will serve as a meeting space for the 27-members of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Board of Directors and the 60-member Atlanta BeltLine Young Leaders Council. The Young Council of Realtors® of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors® is also a partner on the project.

“Realtors® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” said Jennifer Pino, 2015 YPN Chair. “Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. It creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better. This grant will allow us to address areas in our community that are in need of improvement or redevelopment and create a place where friends and neighbors can come together.”

Placemaking grants are awarded to local and state Realtor® associations to help them and their members initiate placemaking projects in the community, like turning a parking lot into a farmer’s market or a vacant lot into a playground. Realtor® associations and their Realtor® members are actively engaged in the community and know the neighborhoods and the properties that would benefit most from these improvement efforts.

“As the Beltline area becomes more attractive and welcoming, nearby properties may also increase in value,” Pino said.

For more information on the Atlanta Beltline, visit http://beltline.org/. To find out more about National Association of Realtors® placemaking grants visit, realtoractioncenter.org/Placemaking.

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ABOUT THE ATLANTA BOARD OF REALTORS®:
The Atlanta Board of REALTORS® (ABR) is the voice of residential real estate in Metro Atlanta and has been an instrumental factor in the growth of real estate in the state of Georgia for more than a century. As the largest REALTOR® Association in Georgia, ABR serves as a central source of information for its members by focusing on real estate education, the promotion of professionalism in the industry and representing members with legislative initiatives to create positive change for the real estate community. While less than 50% of active real estate licensees in Georgia meet the requirements to become REALTORS®, they constitute 80% of the top producing agents. Membership in ABR is the hallmark of quality, professionalism and production.

CONTACTS:
Atlanta Board of REALTORS®
Jen Booth, Public Relations Coordinator
Office: 404.732.0645

Reggie McCrary, Chief Executive Officer
Office: 404.732.0601

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