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Alpharetta: We’re doing better than good MAYOR'S LETTER

sound like puffery, and I would seem the braggart. But the truth is that the Council and the mayor’s office

are running wide

open. We are revitalizing, no, re-inventing Alpharetta’s Downtown with the blessing of our residents and a $29 million bond. We


When I meet other mayors and they ask me “how are things going in Alpharetta,” I usually just say…“good.”

I might tell them about a project, but I dare not tell them how we are really doing; our opportunities; our

initiatives. It would DAVID seeking to

activate our Downtown by breathing life into it and creating a place to do community with and among our family and friends. It’s a generational project with enough romantic symbolism to fill a novel. Yet, as great as this project is, Downtown is not the whole story. This year, we have recognized that our greatest economic strength is our 900-plus technology companies

located right

here within our borders. We have more technology jobs per capita than any other city in the Southeast.

It’s truly a matter for hometown pride. And, for the first time, we’re going to do something about it. We’re creating the state’s first Technology Advisory Commission. This commission will, among other things, help us identify technology infrastructure solutions and incentivize technology company startups in our city. And the commission will help us craft our economic development policies to better attract and retain technology companies here in Alpharetta. We have also budgeted for

$100,000 a branding

initiative to brand Alpharetta as the “Technology City of the South.” We have approved a feasibility study to explore the

appropriateness of a

convention and conference center. If approved, this center would allow

Alpharetta and North Fulton businesses

to showcase

their ideas, their innovations and their technologies right here in our own city.

It could also help seal our economic advantages among the metro area and the Southeast.

Education is also among our objectives. We are seeking higher and workforce education opportunities for our residents and businesses through

the pursuit of

Gwinnett Tech and other four-year institutions. We have opened

Westside Parkway and continue to look for ways to bring adaptive technology to our traffic signals. Highway 9 will be first. We have also increased our budget for road resurfacing, reversing our previous trend of deferral.

As a newly minted City Council, we passed our

first budget, responsibly, measuredly and without drama. We hired an economic development director. We’re building our first ever economic development toolbox. We added and funded more Downtown events for the coming year. We moved the Taste of Alpharetta to Downtown, which

turned out to

incredibly successful. We’ve

be reduced

Downtown regulation to attract more restaurants, bakeries and shops to the heart of our city.

These opportunities and successes are not mere puffery, nor are they born of conceit. Our city is simply blessed. So, please forgive any understatement I may have made to my fellow mayors. Alpharetta remains better than “good.” Alpharetta shines.

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