On February 19, Coleman Talley hosted a reception for approximately 150 guests from the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH). The reception was a part of a four day retreat held at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta. City officials, community leaders, and industry professionals from across Georgia participated in a group tour of the city, discussing affordable housing projects done to further community development in the area, and ended with a stop at Coleman Talley to view its rehabilitation of the Historic Southern Salvage building. Coleman Talley also presented at the conference retreat on the topic of communities partnering with developers to facilitate housing.