The mission of East Athens Development Corporation is to promote and support the neighborhood revitalization in East Athens through economic development activities, which will lead to financial security for the citizens of the community.
The vision of East Athens Development Corporation is to have a thriving East Athens community where all individuals are residing in households that have incomes which can support the needs of each member. Each individual will live in a safe and comfortable space, have enough food to eat, access to a quality public education, the ability to engage in wholesome recreational activities, and the income to invest in their future through savings and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Passion for Improving the Community
Founded in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, East Athens Development Corporation began its work in the community with revitalization activity in Triangle Plaza and other parts of Athens. The first projects addressed code compliance, facade, signage, and public facilities. Over the years, EADC has carried out a number of other activities, including community-based micro-enterprise, job training and development, affordable housing initiatives, and historic preservation and protection within the African American community.
The agency serves Athens’ most impoverished areas, census tracts 301 and 302, both with a poverty rate above 52%.
A federally designated Community Based Development Organization (CBDO), EADC supports the upward economic mobility and viability of East Athens families and neighborhood.
On Saturday, June 29, 2019, East Athens Development Corporation unveiled a portrait of former Athens-Clarke County Commissioner, Miriam Moore. Prior to being the first African-American woman to be elected to the Athens City Council and ACC Commission, Moore fought tirelessly to bring social service and quality affordable housing to East Athens. Moore took part in revitalization Triangle Plaza, as well as helping to create the Classic Center, EADC, Athens Neighborhood Health Center, and East Athens Park.