Coweta’s progress, plans

by Ellen Corker

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For all of us who call Coweta County home, we know it is a special place.

That is the focus of a special section in today’s edition of The Newnan Times-Herald — Vision 2014.

After two decades of rapid growth, with Coweta still among Georgia’s fastest-growing communities, an expanding population has brought great change, great challenges and great opportunities. But with all the growth and change, this area southwest of busy metro Atlanta has retained much of its hometown and rural charm.

The Newnan Times-Herald news staff, for this annual special Vision section, spoke with local county and city government and community leaders, as well as local residents, about what makes Coweta special.

For this special look at our community, we also asked several residents to talk about quality of life, what attracted them to move here and what makes them want to stay.

Community leaders shared highlights of projects and developments completed — as well as those in the works — to make this a better place to live for the more than 130,000 residents.

West Georgia Technical College opened its new stand-alone Coweta campus off Turkey Creek Road south of Newnan in fall 2013, expanding its offerings but also retaining its relationship with Coweta County School System’s Central Educational Center.

The city of Newnan in 2014 is in the midst of two big construction projects just north of the downtown business district. The city is renovating the former Newnan Hospital campus on Jackson Street and transforming it into the Newnan Center satellite campus for the Carrollton-based University of West Georgia. Newnan is also building a new public safety complex off Jefferson Street to house its police department, and it is looking to extend McIntosh Parkway from the Ashley Park area into downtown. Two traffic circles are in the works — one on Lower Fayetteville Road to serve as an entrance for the Newnan Centre meeting facility opened last spring, and another in a joint project with Coweta County to ease traffic flow at the Five Points intersection of East Newnan, Poplar and Turkey Creek roads and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near CEC.

Coweta County Fire Department has opened its new Madras-area fire station and a maintenance facility at its headquarters on Turkey Creek Road. Both the Coweta and Newnan fire departments have been working on improving fire protection ratings — which would lead to lower insurance premiums for area residents.

On the housing front, after a big drop-off in new construction during the economic downturn the last few years, local governments and Realtors are seeing an uptick in building permits.

The 14-page special section in today’s paper offers an overview of this progress and more.





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