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Annual Report 2017

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Roswell Inc 2017 Annual ReportWe are excited to announce the completion of our first Annual Report. The report includes an overview of our 2017 recruitment, expansion, and retention efforts, and highlights major projects, key industry spotlights, and industry support programs.

Our goal through both the content and design of this piece was to provide a clear, easy-to-read, and visually engaging report that would be fun to read while also showcasing all our exciting success stories from the past year. We hope you enjoy!

Key highlights include:

  •  Supported 60 business attraction and recruitment projects, 34 expansion projects, and 26 retention projects with a total of 1,633 jobs created through those initiatives.
  • Generated an estimated $720,000 of annual city revenue and an estimated total of more than $1.35 million in one-time city revenue through our business attraction and recruitment, retention and expansion programs.   
  • Secured two business class hotel deals off Westside Parkway, Home 2 Suites by Hilton and a Springhill Suites by Marriott. Both hotels have a combined capital investment of $25 million and will annually generate $412,900 in city revenue.
  • Announced several large projects, including Roswell Exchange (Highway 9 and Sun Valley Development), Delta Dental, Tap & Six, and Kamstrup—a North American headquarters deal. Collectively, these projects create more than 650 jobs and generate $90 million in capital investment.  
  • Celebrated the opening of Variant Brewing Company and From the Earth Brewing Company, which now makes Roswell tied for second in the state of Georgia for the highest number of microbreweries—a noteworthy accomplishment since helping the city create its first microbrewery ordinance in 2012 after one of our leadership trips to Asheville, North Carolina.
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Welcome to Roswell – March 2018

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Lilly Sage Apothecary

Welcome Lilly Sage Apothecary, located on Alpharetta Highway! Lilly Sage Apothecary is a bath and selfcare shop dedicated to locally-made, ethically sourced, and natural products. Whether you’re looking for a unique hand-made soap with homeopathic qualities or wanting to treat yourself to an aromatic candle, Lilly Sage Apothecary makes shopping calm and easy.

For more information, visit lillysageapothecary.com.

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Body G.O.A.L.S. Physical Therapy & Wellness

Welcome Body G.O.A.L.S. Physical Therapy & Wellness, located on Old Alabama Road! Body G.O.A.L.S. Physical Therapy & Wellness focuses on patients of all ages and medical histories. The methods used at Body G.O.A.L.S. Physical Therapy & Wellness are designed to help enhance your body’s capability to heal itself.  

For more information, visit bodygoalspt.com.

Tolbert-Yilmaz Dance School Ground Breaking Roswell, GA

Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance

Congratulations to Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance on its groundbreaking! Its new larger location will be on the corner of Houze Road and Houze Way. Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance offers ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theatre, lyrical, acrobatics and kinder classes to students of all ages.

For more information, visit tysod.com.

Sage Dental Ribbon Cutting Roswell, GA

Sage Dental

Congratulations to Sage Dental on the opening of its 8th location in Georgia! Located off Alpharetta Highway, Dr. Northcutt and the Sage Dental Team provide diagnostic and preventative services, cosmetic dentistry, emergency care, and restorative services.

For more information, visit mysagedental.com/roswell.

Roswell Court Development Ribbon Cutting Roswell, GA

Roswell Court

Congratulations to JW Collection and Schmit + Associates on the opening of Roswell Court. Located on the corner of Norcross and Forrest Streets, this is a mixed-use development combining luxury townhomes, neighborhood office and commercial space. The 3-building community offers townhomes, city homes, commercial condos, and a two-story retail/office building.

For more information, visit jwcollectionhomes.com/roswell-court.

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Vitality Sports Chiropractic

Congratulations to Vitality Sports Chiropractic on its new office! Located on Norcross Street, a part of the Roswell Court mixed-use development, Vitality Sports Chiropractic specializes in both sports and family chiropractic.

For more information, visit vitalitysportschiropractic.com.

Linen & Flax Clothing Co. Ribbon Cutting Roswell, GA

Linen & Flax Clothing Store

Congratulations to Linen & Flax on the opening of its clothing store! Located on Canton Street, this is the brand’s second location in Roswell. Starting out in home décor, the company is now bringing clothes to the Downtown District.

For more information, visit linenandflax.com.

Ribbon Cutting at Tropical Smoothie Cafe Roswell, GA

Tropical Smoothie Café

Welcome Tropical Smoothie Café, located in the Roswell Crossing Shopping Center! Tropical Smoothie is a health-conscious café that offers fresh fast casual food like smoothies, bowls, wraps and sandwiches.

For more information, visit tropicalsmoothiecafe.com.

Ribbon Cutting for Roswell Trolley Roswell, GA

Roswell Trolley

Congratulations to the Roswell Trolley on the launch of its program! The Roswell Trolley is a nonprofit organization bringing trolley services to the city. With the help of its sponsors, Gate City Brewing Company and Carl Black GMC, two trolleys will service the community from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday starting April 6.

For more information, visit roswelltrolley.org.

Business Class Westin Hotel Comes to Roswell

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Roswell will soon be home to another new, business-class hotel. Element by Westin is building a location off Westside Parkway, in between the two other business class hotels that were announced in the summer of 2017—Home 2 Suites and Springhill Suites.

The Element project will be located on a 1 .74-acre parcel located between Westside Parkway and Colonial Parkway. The 63,000-square-foot hotel will stand 5 floors tall with a total of 91 rooms and will feature an outdoor pool, restaurant, full-service bar, and a meeting space with the capacity to hold approximately 250 people.

The addition of this third business-class hotel on Westside Parkway is incredibly significant to Roswell. Hotels typically locate close together, similar to car dealerships and restaurants and other businesses that thrive off of proximity to each other.

This area is right in the middle of our Class A office space (Sanctuary Park and Mansell Overlook), close to several of our top employers, next to our light industrial area, and right down the road from our hospital—WellStar North Fulton. Having three new hotels along this road will help meet the growing demands of our local business community.

The project received approval from mayor and council on Monday, March 12, for a rezoning, conditional use request, and two variances. The project now goes back to the Design Review Board for final approval of its design before the developer can apply for land disturbance permits to officially break ground later this year.

Similar to the two other hotel announcements from last year, this project comes within a year of the key findings we released from our hotel feasibility study in the spring of 2017, which was conducted by Atlanta-based hospitality research firm The Highland Group. The study indicated a strong demand for business class hotel options in Roswell, and this data had a significant impact on making this deal happen. Learn more about the study here.

We have been involved with the property owner since the first stages of the planning process, and will continue to work as a liaison between the city, developer, hotel group and the franchisee until the hotel grand openings.

The hotel is hoping to break ground by the end of 2018.

Wine Market and Tasting Room Opening on Canton Street

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Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room will open its doors in Historic Roswell in the spring of 2018. Located off Canton Street in Plum Tree Village, the new market will sell and serve hand-selected California wines that are normally not available in local grocery or liquor stores.

These wines will be available to customers for direct purchase to take home or to sample by the glass in its tasting room, which will feature six Napa Technology wine pouring stations. The stations will allow patrons to purchase one, three, or six-ounce pours of 24 different wines using a reloadable prepaid card.

The addition of the wine market and tasting room creates another unique destination business in Roswell’s emerging industry—craft beer, wine, and spirits—while its location adds to the walkability and continuity of the historic district.

“Roswell’s craft beverage industry continues to grow with the addition of Deep Roots to our business community,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “This business is the perfect complement to the already flourishing historic district, and our team is happy we could assist with the site selection process.”

Deep Roots Owner Dana Gurela cultivated her passion for wine while living for more than four years outside of Napa Valley, where she worked at two local wineries. While in California, she became a certified California Wine Appellation Specialist through the San Francisco Wine School and achieved a Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 2 Certification from Napa Valley Wine Academy.

“We cannot wait to share our passion for wine with the Roswell community,” said Dana Gurela. “Our mission is to create a comfortable gathering spot where friends and family can toast a special occasion, relax after a long week, or just run in to quickly grab a bottle of wine for dinner.”

Deeps Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room will also feature a daily wine flight poured by staff, a selection of craft beers on tap, and a menu of food options provided by Plum Café.

For more information about Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room, visit deeprootswine.com.

Welcome to Roswell – February 2018

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Ribbon Cutting for WildSlice in Roswell, GA

Wild Slice Pizzeria

Welcome Wild Slice Pizzeria, located off Highway 92! Wild Slice is a family pizzeria focused on providing great food and hospitality for dining in and out. All menu items are available in kid sizes, emphasizing its focus on a family restaurant experience.

For more information, visit wildslicepizzarestaurantroswell.com.

Ribbon Cutting for Kamstrup Water Metering


Welcome Kamstrup, located off Hembree Park Drive! Kamstrup is a Danish company that has opened its North American headquarters and production facility in Roswell, bringing with it 52 jobs. Kamstrup is a world leading provider of energy and water metering solutions, operating and serving energy companies worldwide. Its product line carries a variety of metering solutions, including consumption meters, meter communication infrastructure, meter data management systems, Smart Grid applications, etc.

For more information, visit kamstrup.com/en-us.

Ribbon Cutting for Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

Congratulations to Talk of the Town Catering on the re-opening of its catering facility! Located on Woodstock Road, Talk of the Town is a key part of the special events community in Roswell. With a team equipped for all types of catering events, Talk of the Town specializes in food service for weddings, corporate events, in-home and special events, Mitzvah catering, and TV and film industry related events.

For more information, visit talkofthetownatlanta.com.

2nd Anniversary of Righteous Guitar

Righteous Guitars

Congratulations to Righteous Guitars, a National Association of Music Merchants selected Industry Top 100 Music Store, on its two-year anniversary! Located on Hembree Road, Righteous Guitars sells electric guitars, acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pedals and accessories. Righteous Guitars serves customers in 40 states throughout the U.S. as well as numerous international customers.

For more information, righteousguitars.com.

Kamstrup North American Headquarters Opens

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It’s official! We warmly welcomed Kamstrup to the City of Roswell this week.

The Danish company is a world-leading supplier of intelligent energy and water metering solutions, and it entered the U.S. sales market more than four years ago. While the company currently manufactures all products in Denmark, it anticipates all U.S. and North American production will soon be performed at its new North American headquarters here in Roswell.

We’re beyond thrilled Kamstrup chose to open its doors in Roswell and are excited to see what the future holds!

Check out the video and photo gallery below from the ribbon cutting.

Mary Katherine McCoy

Staff Profile: Mary Katherine McCoy

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Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Attentive. Caring. Authentic.

Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: You will find me most likely doing something outdoors with my dog or catching up with friends and family. My favorite part about the weekends is getting to reconnect and share experiences with the most important people in my life.

Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: I would have to say backpacking across Europe. Seeing as I have a love for the outdoors and new experiences, I think an adventurous vacation, like backpacking, would encompass some of my favorite passions.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: For roughly four years I worked as a freelance hairstylist, mostly for weddings. I’ve always found it rewarding to make bridal parties feel their best on such an important day.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I can’t completely remember what I wanted to be as a child, but in high school I recall wanting to be a therapist. I’ve always been decent at active listening and have found it easy to engage in difficult or in-depth conversations with people. Even though I don’t plan on ever pursuing a career in therapy, I do enjoy connecting with people and making them feel heard and appreciated.

Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: This might sound cliché, but I would bring a good book to pass the time, a LifeStraw water filter just in case, and my dog because she’s easy to relax with. 

Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would hands down want to have empathic perception. I find human emotions completely fascinating and would love to be able to alter and feel the emotions of others.

Mary Katherine McCoy
Mary Katherine McCoy

Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: Happiness, to me at least, isn’t one tangible item or act. I can feel happy when giving a gift, getting a sweet text, or simply treating myself to an iced coffee. Not to sound sappy, but emotions are fleeting … so you must find small samples of joy in everything.

Q: What would be your best advice?
A: My best advice is to protect your time and be intentional with it. People often fail to see that time easily escapes us. Each day you have the choice to use your 24 hours with a purpose. I try not to focus too long thinking about the past or future but continuing in the moment that is currently happening.

Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: That’s a hard decision … I would have to choose between the 60s or 70s. This period had a great deal of radical global change, which I would have loved to witness firsthand. Plus, I have an undying love for the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, and retro fashion.

Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: I help support the office with administrative tasks, while also assisting with communication efforts for the organization.  

Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: I’m a lot like a mom or dad where I make sure the home is all taken care of, and I also help with telling the story of our organization.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: I get to be a part of everyone’s work day, and this makes me feel like I’m completely integrated with the mission and goals of our organization. Also, I love getting to play a role in how our community views us while getting to tell our story.  

Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: I love the Coffee Connects. An event like that jump starts your morning with a cup of coffee and a great group of people. What more could you ask for on a work day?

Mary Katherine McCoy

Welcome to Roswell – January 2018

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Ribbon Cutting at Planet Fitness in Roswell, GA

Planet Fitness

Congratulations to Planet Fitness on opening its second Roswell location! Located off Alpharetta Highway, Planet Fitness allows members to join an affordable gym that provides a judgment-free zone. With friendly staff and great amenities, this second location offers another facility to improve fitness levels.

For more information, visit planetfitness.com.

Ribbon Cutting at WellStar North Fulton Hospital's new Pain and Spine Center

WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Pain & Spine Center

Congratulations to WellStar North Fulton Hospital on the opening of its Pain and Spine Center! Located on Hospital Boulevard across from the main hospital entrance, this center focuses on finding relief for its patients. The Pain and Spine Center allows patients to seek treatment and aid for pain related to headaches and migraines, back and neck, post-trauma, shingles, cancer and compression fractures.

For more information, visit northfultonpainandspine.com.

Photo Credit: WellStar North Fulton

Ribbon Cutting at Tap & Six - Roswell, GA

Tap & Six

Welcome Tap & Six, located on Oak Street! Tap & Six is a new curated craft beer bar and market. This beer house has craft beers and sodas, wine, and small plates to pair with your drink of choice. Tap & Six is a comfortable place to gather, play board games, and hang out with your friends and family.

For more information, visit tapandsix.com.

Ribbon Cutting at The Joanne Curtin Team in Roswell, GA

The Joanne Curtin Team

Congratulations to The Joanne Curtin Team on the opening of its new office! Located on Canton Street, Joanne and her team offer all residential realty services to help streamline the process of buying and selling homes. Each member of Joanne’s team has a specialty that ensures clients’ needs are correctly addressed with ease.

For more information, visit curtinteam.com.

2018 Networking Events

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Mark your calendar, the 2018 networking event dates have been announced!

Roswell Coffee Connect
7:30 to 9:00 AM
at various Roswell locations

  • Friday, January 12 @ The Mill Kitchen & Bar
  • Friday, March 2
  • Friday, May 11
  • Friday, August 10
  • Friday, September 14
  • Friday, November 9

Roswell Connect
5:30 to 7:30 PM
at various Roswell locations

  • Tuesday, February 6 @Wellstar North Fulton
  • Tuesday, April 10
  • Tuesday, August 21
  • Tuesday, October 16
  • Wednesday, December 5

**All Dates are subject to change

Welcome to Roswell – December 2018

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Solve Tutoring

Welcome Solve Tutoring, located on Old Roswell Road! Solve Tutoring offers both individual and group tutoring sessions for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. With its trained staff, Solve Tutoring can help students increase performance in the subjects of math, science, and English.  

For more information, visit solvetutoring.com.

Corrigan Care

Emmy’s Academy

Congratulations to Corrigan Care, a GuideStar Platinum nonprofit, on the launch of Emmy’s Academy! Emmy’s Academy is an early intervention childcare center that provides affordable and accommodating childcare, while crafting individual experiences for each child. Located on Coleman Road, children from six weeks to six years old and their parents will have access to physical, occupational speech, and music therapies.

For more information, visit corrigancare.org/emmys-academy.

Black Dog Interiors Ribbon Cutting

Black Dog Interiors

Welcome Black Dog Interiors, located on Canton Street! Owner and interior designer Meghan C. Lubby has a passion for home furnishing, and her store is a one-stop shop for all home décor needs. From big to small projects, Meghan and her team can help you design an entire room, create a concept for a room, add finishing touches to a space, and even provide custom furniture painting.

For more information, visit blackdoginteriors.com.