Danny Bivins joined the Institute of Government in 2012. He has extensive experience
in downtown development, planning and design. Danny specializes in working with local
governments utilizing an asset-based, community development approach. Danny co-developed
and manages the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership, an initiative with multiple
key partners: the University of Georgia, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA),
the Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF) and the Lyndhurst Foundation. His efforts through
the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership have led to the successful implementation
of sustainable community redevelopment initiatives.
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, GMA, GCF and Georgia Cities. Prior to joining
the Fanning Institute, Danny 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.
M.H.P. (Historic Preservation), University of Georgia