Steve Nygren to Keynote CED Graduation Ceremony

Steve Nygren, who will be the keynote speaker at this year’s CED graduation ceremony, had a long career in the hospitality industry before creating the community known as Serenbe in southwest Fulton County, near Atlanta.

When uncontrolled sprawl threatened their idyllic retirement farm, Steve and his family set about finding ways to address the surrounding community’s problems by bringing together landowners, developers, and conservationists to find a “mutually agreed upon solution for balanced growth,” according to Nygren. This alliance is known as the Chattahoochee Hills Country Alliance and was created in 2002.

After two years of work and public input, a land use plan for a 40,000-acre area was adopted that preserved 70% of the land and provided 20% more housing than in conventional suburban sprawl yield.

Serenbe is the Nygren’s development that demonstrates the concepts of interlacing agriculture with a range of development, including housing, retail shops, galleries, restaurants, and an inn for visitors. He is president and co-founder of Serenbe.

Nygren was also recently chairman of Chattahoochee NOW, which coordinated 106 square miles of conservation, recreation, and development along Georgia’s Chattahoochee River.

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CED Graduation
May 5th, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
UGA Fine Arts Theatre