Cascade Next is a pilot initiative of Economic Development in partnership with the Atlanta City Studio. Cascade Next was created for the City of Atlanta as a way to build momentum and stakeholder interest for the Cascade Heights Commercial District. These community events, listening sessions and steering committees were organized as an opportunity for all who work, live and shop in the Cascade Heights area to convene for focused conversations about the future of the Cascade Heights Commercial District. Cascade Next is a community activation tool to help guide our planning decisions from an economic development perspective.
Since we began working in Cascade Heights, we've developed a Business Breakfast Series that focuses on increasing the financial literacy of small business owners, formed a strategic planning and signature event planning steering committee, helped to start the Cascade Business Association, and developed a comprehensive Neighborhood Commercial District Profile. These committees and tools allow us to effectively leverage human capital and lay out an effective business case for continued economic investment in Cascade Heights Commercial District.
In May of 2018, community leaders, with support from the Department of City Planning, hosted the first Live Fresh Cascade Community Festival to promote healthy lifestyles and brand the Cascade Heights Business District as a regional destination for food, music and art.