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MAYOR'S LETTER


2012 EDITION


Roswell targets new jobs, new investments, new businesses in 2013


To keep Roswell a great place to live, the city is focusing on creating jobs, attracting investments and promoting businesses. We are doing more to promote economic development than at any time since 1839, when Roswell King built the first textile mill in North Georgia.


Mayor


JERE WOOD City of Roswell


The city is completing a Strategic Economic Development Plan assessing our competitive position, identifying opportunities and providing a road map to attract investment to Roswell. In April, the City Council along with business, nonprofit


and community leaders ,traveled to Greenville, S.C., to learn how it became one of the most successful small cities in the nation.


Roswell is partnering with the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce to attract new jobs to our city. We’ve expanded our opportunity zone to give state tax credits for every new job created in Roswell. We are talking to the Fulton County Development Authority to secure financing and tax relief for new employers. To attract new investments


in Roswell, we have formed a Downtown Development


Authority. To allow redevelopment,


the Council


is considering a new zoning category that focuses on the appearance of buildings rather than use and density. To make redevelopment


easier, the City Council has committed


$300,000 to


develop a simplified and streamlined building code. Streetscape improvements are being designed for the Ga. 400/Holcomb Bridge interchange and the Highway 9 corridor to support redevelopment. To


promote local businesses, the City Council


has committed $500,000 to start


the Roswell Business


Alliance and has extended the “Find It All in Roswell” program for a third year. We are exploring parking solutions to meet the needs of new businesses on Canton Street. And I am asking the Council to reform Roswell’s sign ordinance to help local businesses attract customers. Roswell will emerge from


the great recession with more jobs, more businesses and more investments than ever before, making our city an even better place to live and do business.


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