Important news updates from the Southwest Renewal Foundation can always be found here.
 
 
The Southwest Renewal Foundation won the Chairman’s award from the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau for 2015 at their annual meeting in May!
 
 
The Southwest Renewal Foundation is sponsoring its first fundraiser BLOOM! The Art of Outdoor Living.
 
 
The Southwest Renewal Foundation has a second fundraiser coming up June 4th at Market Square Courtyard.
 
 
Year TWO of the High Point Public Art Project comes to the Southwest quadrant with the arrival of Atlanta artist Phil Proctor’s Comet. Read The Article
 
 
BuzziSpace co-CEO Tom Van Dessel points to one of the warehouse windows at the former Pickett Cotton Mill that had been bricked in for years and has now been uncovered and restored.
 
 
Spearheaded and wrote for the City a $50,000 US Federal Highway Administration visioning grant awarded in April to begin this fall to plan the trailhead of the Southwest Greenway at the City’s Mass Transit facilities
 
 
Completed an Active Places Technical Assistance Grant [one of 22 nation-wide] to foster the adoption of a Complete Street Policy in High Point.
 
 
Awarded $1,500 for by HP CVB for a Historic Gardens of High Point Tour--scheduled for May 2016 with proceeds going to High Point Greenways.
 
 
New Signage for Highland Cotton Mills Village National Register Historic District
Designed with the Highland Neighborhood Association a new roadside marker and 19 intersection sign toppers in the 173-building Highland Cotton Mills Village National Register Historic District scheduled for installation this fall with $4,100 grant from the Marian Stedman Covington Foundation; funded and installed a $3,100 new redwood entry sign at the Highland Cotton Mills Village announcing listing on the National Register of Historic Places with a $1000 grant from the City’s Community Development and Housing CAC Committee and a $625 grant from the Molly Millis-Hedgecock Family.
 
 
Organized and raised $6,100 for Year 2 of the Core City Public Art Project partnering with the High Point Market Authority, High Point Bank & Trust, Theater Art Galleries, the Hayden Harman Foundation, the High Point Arts Council, City Project, HP CVB, City, & design group Opportunity High Point.
 
 
Organized and spearheaded a successful City application for a $70,000 city-wide pedestrian/greenway planning grant from the NC DOT awarded in May written free by SW Greenway consultants Alta & scheduled to begin this fall.
 
 
Awarded a $10,000 Spark! grant from the Foundation for a Healthy High Point for a Health Impact Assessment of the SW High Point Greenway partnering with the Guilford County Department of Public Health and Human Services.
 
 
Raised $10,000 to commission the first piece of permanent public art on the Southwest Greenway at the Southside Recreation Center entitled WONDER: Beauty from Unseen Places partnering with the Deal Foundation, the HP CVB, and the HP Arts Council.
 
 
Initiated & awarded $200,000 for new sidewalks in the Southwest quadrant through the Safe Routes to Schools Program partnering with the NC DOT Division #7 and High Point DOT; construction is scheduled to begin this fall.
 
 
Completed in June $38,500 Southwest Greenway Feasibility Study
 
 
Members of the Southwest Renewal Foundation and other professionals met Monday at the String & Splinter Club to review information from a health assessment on how the Southwest greenway would affect the public. A feasibility study released in the spring found that the area could support a new greenway, which the foundations sees as part of an overall plan to revive that section of the city.
 
 
Awarded $69,500 grant in July from the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund for the Southwest Green Infrastructure Restoration Project partnering with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council and City of High Point to begin this fall [with $90,300 match including the $38,500 SW Greenway Study].
 
The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau has awarded the Southwest Renewal Foundation $2700 to help market the second annual Antiques, Arts, and Accessories Sale in downtown High Point. Last year the Southwest Renewal Foundation partnered with three Southwest dealers-Theodore Alexander’s Outlet, Antiques and Interiors, Inc., and Ashley Interiors - for the first annual High Point Antiques, Arts, and Accessories Sale. This year our partners hope to expand beyond the Southwest quadrant to include antiques, arts, and accessories dealers throughout the core city as partners in the sale and bring back our red trolley to use as a shuttle between stores.
 
The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau awarded the Southwest Renewal Foundation $1440 in partnership with the High Point Market Authority, the City of High Point, the High Point Rotary Club and the design group Opportunity High Point for a High Point Core City Public Art Pilot Project to bring five sculptures to five different locations in the core city for public display between September 2014 and April 2015. 
 
On Monday, June 17, 2014, the City Council appropriated as a community-based organization grant $38,500 in their 2014-15 budget for the Southwest Renewal Foundation to hire Alta/Greenways, Inc. to develop the Southwest Greenway Feasibility Study.  This is a big step towards the revitalization of the Southwest quadrant. 
 
The 170-building historic Highland Cotton Mills Village in Southwest High Point was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 23, 2014 by the US Department of Interior. The Southwest Renewal Foundation sponsored this National Register nomination through a $10,000 grant from the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation and with an additional $1000 from a 2012-13 City of High Point community-based organization grant. [View Map]
 
Urban planners from the 12-county Piedmont region chose the Southwest Renewal Project as a Best Practice example of sustainability. [Piedmont Together Best Practices]
Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate seminar paper features Southwest Renewal Goats as an East Coast Example. [MIT Graduate Seminar Paper]
Southwest Renewal Foundation's 2013 Year in Review; take a look at the milestones we've reached over the course of this year. [2013 Year in Review]
$200,000 from Safe Routes to Schools Grants to build sidewalks in Southwest High Point near completion.
An Antiques, Arts, and Accessories Sale is coming to Southwest High Point in the fall of 2013 funded by a $1,950 grant from the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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The City of High Point awards in 2013-2014 the Southwest Renewal Foundation $28,000 for kudzu control on Richland Creek using the foundation’s signature environmental helpmates—southwest renewal goats.
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The 170-building historic Highland Cotton Mills Village and Mill is being documented and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places by the Southwest Renewal Foundation with a $10,000 grant from the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation and $1000 from the City of High Point.
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The Southwest Renewal Foundation is seeking funding to establish a 7.29 acre bird sanctuary with a gift from the Harris Bell Estate and a heritage tree grove of white oaks, dogwoods, and redbuds  along Richland Creek and the proposed Southwest Greenway.
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The Southwest Renewal Foundation partners with Oak Hill Elementary School, Girl Scouts USA, and United Way to bring scout troops to southwest High Point.
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The Southwest Renewal Foundation helps Ward Street Mission United Methodist Church expand their House Gardens Greening Project with a $5000 grant from North Carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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The Southwest Renewal Foundation is formulating a strategy to bring youth sports to the public parks in southwest High Point.
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The Southwest Renewal Foundation partners with the High Point Preservation Commission to inventory the historic industrial properties in the core city in 2013-2014. 
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The Southwest Renewal Foundation plans to connect six public parks with the Southwest Greenway. Over fifty meetings to discuss this plan reveal public support and demonstrate that people want greenways.  

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Green Door Wheel Works organizes inaugural bike tour of new bicycle lane in southwest High Point and local newspaper gives the bike lane a thumbs up.
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Southwest Renewal Foundation awarded $3200 from the HP CVB to develop models for showroom tours and design seminars open to the public.
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