Poster: Chicken Fever
Gainesville, Georgia, is known as the Poultry Capital of the World, a fact that no longer resonates with the millennial generation and new residents. Formal bronze chicken sculptures and statues placed in different areas downtown gave the namesake a serious tone, however, there was much laughter and lighthearted chatter about the self-proclaimed title throughout the public input phase of the downtown master planning process. Apparently, it is only legal to eat fried chicken — “a culinary delicacy sacred to this municipality”—with your bare hands. Any other method is illegal, and this law is even enforced from time to time.
The whimsical, and downright humorous attitude that Gainesvillians share about chicken already exists in conversations and memorable stories we heard throughout the community. However, this character was lacking from the visible downtown. This poster will show public art ideas from the 2015 Downtown Gainesville Master Plan, including chicken-themed concepts that are fun, whimsical, and context-sensitive. The chicken theme is meant to be engaging for all ages, create a sense of pride, strengthen the downtown brand, and create an overall stronger sense of place that captures the true personality of this Georgia city.
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Jessica Dempsey Tullar
, Flowery Branch
Confirmed SpeakerJessica Tullar is the Special Projects Manager for the Gainesville Community Development Department in Gainesville, GA where she has served as one of the urban planners for over 15 years. In this role, she provides support and assistance in planning, zoning, and historic preservation. She also assists in the development of special projects undertaken by the City and coordinates the implementation of the City’s redevelopment projects, including its Midtown Redevelopment initiative. Jessica received her undergraduate degree in geography (1999) and her Masters of Public Administration (2005) from the University of Georgia. In 2007, Jessica earned her American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) professional certification.
, UGA: Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Confirmed SpeakerDanny Bivins joined the Vinson Institute’s Governmental Services and Research Division in 2012. He has extensive experience in downtown development, planning and design, historic preservation, quality growth, and regionalism. By utilizing an asset-based community development approach, Mr. Bivins helps communities build a vision for working toward a better present and future and better quality of life for residents. His previous experience includes 8 years with UGA’s J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. He co-developed the Cities and Downtown: Building Blocks to Recovery Initiative, a partnership between UGA, Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), the Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF), and Georgia Cities. Prior to joining the Fanning Institute, Bivins served as the program coordinator for the Georgia Historic Resource Survey Program, "Find It." There he helped initiate a joint venture between the University of Georgia, the Georgia Transmission Corporation, and the State of Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division to document Georgia’s historic resources. Areas of Expertise: downtown development, planning and design, historic preservation, quality growth, regionalism Education: M.H.P. (Historic Preservation), University of Georgia