Regional Commission Success Story: Baconton Community Center
Georgia’s 12 regional commissions are public agencies created and established by the Georgia Planning Act (O.C.G.A. 50-8-32) to assist local governments on a regional basis and to develop, promote, and assist in establishing coordinated and comprehensive planning in the state. The Department of Community Affairs contracts annually with the Regional Commissions to primarily foster effective local and regional planning and implementation of those plans. Our Regional Commission's “Success Story” series highlights these regions by sharing their incredible achievements. You can view all of the communities on our Story Map.
From the City of Baconton’s Community Work Program (2017 - 2021) Comprehensive Plan, the statement “build a Community Center to house senior/youth program” became the initiative for the Baconton Community Center.
City officials worked tirelessly with the county and other state agencies to secure funding for the project. SPLOST funds and inmate labor through the Georgia Department of Corrections were provided by the county, and after three years of collaboration between the city and other partners, the dream of a community center became a reality.
Today, the Baconton Community Center provides daily services for seniors and other youth programs and seeks funds to house a Rural STEM library. Residents of Baconton will be able to enjoy the center for years to come because of the collaborative effort of the city, county, and state agencies. The center is a shining example of how a community can implement a Comprehensive Plan project.