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North American Headquarters Comes to Roswell

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We are thrilled to share some exciting news about a project that we have been working on for the past several months with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Danish Trade Commission in Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

Please see the full news release below from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Kamstrup-North American Headquarters Roswell GAThe Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that Danish manufacturer, Kamstrup, a world leading supplier of intelligent energy and water metering solutions, will create 52 jobs in the company’s new North American headquarters in Roswell.

“Georgia has become a magnet for international companies who are looking to expand their reach in North America,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We are excited that Kamstrup has chosen Georgia – this announcement puts a spotlight on the continued strong relationship between Georgia and Denmark.”

Headquartered in Skanderborg, Denmark, Kamstrup manufacturers high-tech solutions provider of water, district heat and electricity intelligent metering solutions for commercial and residential use. The company currently employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. The new location in Roswell will serve as the company’s North American headquarter.

“By the rapidly growing sales in USA and need for a production plant in North America Atlanta and Fulton County was the natural choise,” said Kamstrup CEO Lars Bo Kristensen. “We see an increasing need and interest for intelligent and accurate water metering solution for the water utilities. But also the individual consumer has an increased focus on the usage as the cost for clean water increases year by year.”

GDEcD Director of International Investment Nico Wijnberg represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with the Danish Trade Commission in Atlanta, Roswell Inc., Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

“Kamstrup is another great example on how well differentiated and advanced Danish technology faces a huge potential in the USA. Their new production facility in Georgia will form the perfect foundation for utilizing this moving forward,” said Carsten Rosendahl, Danish Trade Commissioner

“Kamstrup is a welcome addition to our area’s business ecosystem, because they not only embrace their Danish ties, but also water conservation and smart energy solutions.” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “They also represent how our region is attracting and supporting high-tech industries on a global scale.”

“We are proud to have Kamstrup locate its North American headquarters here in Roswell,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc, the city’s economic development organization. “This project is a great example of the impact strong collaboration by state, regional and local economic development agencies has in landing quality, innovative companies in our region. We are thrilled to have Kamstrup make its home in our city.”

About Kamstrup

Kamstrup is a world-leading supplier of electricity, district heating  and water metering solutions.  For 70 years, Kamstrup have delivered reliable, cost-effective ways to measure and manage energy and water consumption worldwide. By anticipating their customers’ challenges, Kamstrup  enables the energy and water utilities to run a better business and inspire smarter, more responsible solutions for the communities they serve. Kamstrup’s solutions include electricity, district heating and water meters , smart metering systems, hosting and services, analytics and smart grid applications. All products are produced with the highest certifications for environmental safety and quality in their automated production facilities in Denmark. www.kamstrup.com/en-us/about-kamstrup

Welcome to Roswell – August 2017

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Ribbon Cutting at The Mauldin Group in Roswell Ga

The Mauldin Group

Congratulations to The Mauldin Group! After outgrowing their original Roswell location, they recently relocated to a new space on Sun Valley Drive. The Mauldin Group offers affordable and innovative marketing solutions. Some of their services include web design, email marketing, content marketing and search engine optimization. They also offer social media marketing classes, so if you’re looking for a marketing expert or just want to take your own skills to the next level, The Mauldin Group has something for you.

 

For more information, visit themauldingroup.com

Ribbon Cutting at Bruster's Ice Cream in Roswell Ga

Bruster’s Ice Cream

Congratulations to the new owners of Bruster’s Ice Cream, located on West Crossville Road! In addition to offering delicious ice cream treats, did you know Bruster’s could help with your next fundraising or catering event? Whether your group is small, large, or helping out the community, Bruster’s will have everyone screaming for ice cream.

 

For more information, visit brusters.com

Ribbon Cutting of BIAS Corporation in Roswell Ga

BIAS Corporation

Welcome BIAS Corporation, an Oracle Specialized Platinum Partner and Certified Oracle Reseller and System Integrator! We’re thrilled you chose Roswell to be home to your headquarters. Located off Old Alabama Road near Holcomb Bridge Road, BIAS offers consulting, software, hardware and IT staffing solutions to keep your business on the cutting edge. They have received several awards, including the 2016 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year – North America in Big Data Analytics and the INC. 500 – Top 50 & Top 100 IT Services Firm in the Nation. They’re constantly expanding their skill and knowledge base so companies can take advantage of the latest Oracle products.

 

For more information, visit biascorp.com

Ribbon Cutting of Elevate Family Chiropractic in Roswell Ga

Elevate Family Chiropractic

Welcome Elevate Family Chiropractic, located off East Crossville Road! Elevate offers adjustments for the entire family, from children to adults to the elderly. Dr. Naeema has even completed more than 300 additional hours of training in pediatric and pregnancy chiropractics to keep everyone in your home at his or her healthiest. Spinal misalignment is the underlying cause of many conditions, and when corrected, it can allow the body to heal naturally. Using the latest technologies, Elevate is committed to identifying and addressing your health concerns.

 

For more information, visit elevateroswell.com

Designer Home Comfort

Congratulations Designer Home Comfort on opening their premium home furnishing showroom in Roswell! Located off Holcomb Bridge Road, Designer Home Comfort is dedicated to offering the highest quality furniture. They require that manufactures provide a warranty, hold a strong reputation in the marketplace, and constantly improve their products with innovative design techniques. Designer Home Comfort guarantees the lowest price online and in-stores and carries brands such as Stressless, Palliser, Malouf and Canadel.

For more information, visit designerhomecomfort.com

Important Change to Business Tax Collection

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The City will be sending the following letter to Roswell businesses in the coming week. We will continue to inform and assist local businesses during the transition. 

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The City of Roswell is changing how it taxes businesses in our community.  Previously, the City has collected business occupation tax based on number of employees. For 2018, businesses will be taxed using a method based on gross receipts. The majority of local governments in our area use a similar gross receipts method of business taxation.

Gross receipts are the total amount a business received from all sources during its annual accounting period, without subtracting any costs or expenses.  Business types are categorized by NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes.  This code is assigned a profitability index which corresponds with a specific tax rate.  The tax rate applied to gross receipts will determine the tax assessment.

The new fee structure for the 2018 tax year is as follows:

Commercial Business
The tax due will equal gross receipts, with a $50,000 exemption, multiplied by the tax rate.  A $100 application fee and a $50 regulatory fee will also apply.

Professional License Classification
The tax due will be either $400 per practitioner or the gross receipts assessment with a $50,000 exemption.  The practitioner/ business may choose their preferred method of calculation.

Professional practitioners include but are not limited to: lawyers, physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, psychologists, veterinarians, landscape architects, land surveyors, practitioners of physiotherapy, public accountants, embalmers, funeral directors, engineers, architects, marriage and family therapists, social workers, counselors, dealers of motor vehicles, etc.

Home-Based Business
The tax due will equal gross receipts, with a $50,000 exemption, multiplied by the tax rate. For home-based businesses, there is a cap of $100 on the total tax due.

This change will be implemented during the 2018 business occupation tax renewal process.  You will be receiving notification explaining how to determine your business occupation tax amount required for 2018.  All Occupation Certificate Taxes are due by December 31, 2017 for the 2018 calendar year.

For more information, please visit www.roswellgov.com/businessregistration. City staff is also available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding this change.  Please feel free to contact the city’s Business Registration Division at 770-594-6235 or businessregistration@roswellgov.com.

 

Meet the Roswell Inc Team

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Get to know the faces of Roswell’s economic development organization.

To learn more, check out the one-on-one interviews below.

Steve Stroud

Steve Stroud

Executive Director

Carisa Turner

Carisa Turner

Director of Communications & Public Relations

Debra Ewing

Debra Ewing

Business Development & Outreach Coordinator

Ashley Allen

Ashley Allen

Communications & Admin Coordinator

Stephanie Robertson

Stephanie Robertson

Program & Event Coordinator

Summer Sippin’ 2017 Top Rankings

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Top 5 Alcoholic Sips

Peaches en Regalia

Peach and The Porkchop

Proudly supporting local farms, this vodka cocktail features Maxwell Farms pickled peach jam, from Dallas, Georgia. Lemon oleo saccharum provides a lovely punch of summer citrus while peach bitters and orange blossom water blend and elevate the flavor profile. The Strega provides a light minty herbaceous note without over sweetening. Shaken with a splash of Konig Ludwig Weiss beer and topped with Indi carbonated orange water. The end result? A lovely collins-style drink with plenty of peachy punch, summery citrus, and a velvety mouth feel. Definitely a patio winner, “Peaches en Regalia” is a delightful summer sip!

Summer Sippin' 2nd Place Table and Main Georgia Peach

Georgia Peach

Table & Main

American Spirit Whiskey, muddled fresh peaches, and ginger beer.

Summer Sippin' 3rd Place The Mill Kitchen & Bar The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

The Mill Kitchen & Bar

High West Bourye Whiskey, coconut rum, fresh papaya, lime and pineapple juice, cayenne pepper and simple syrup.

Summer Sippin' 4th Place Taqueria Tsunami Asian Matador

Asian Matador

Taqueria Tsunami

Ginger infused Patron silver tequila with Patron citronage mixed with fresh kiwi puree, lime and pineapple juices.

Summer Sippin' 5th Place Alcoholic Summer Crush at Houck's Grille

Summer Crush

Houck’s Grille

Absolut Razz, Peach Schnapps, Elderflower Liqueur, muddled strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and fresh basil with a splash of Sprite and a lemon zest.

Top 3 Non-Alcoholic Sips

summer Sippin' 1st Place Non-alcoholic Scooter's Coffee Caramelicious Cold Brew N Cream

Caramelicious Cold Brew N Cream

Scooter’s Coffee Roswell

“Amazingness In a Cup” This drink has Caramelicious sauce, Scooter’s World Famous Cold Brew, splashed with a beautiful swirl of cream! It pairs perfectly with the Spicy Sausage and Egg Burrito.

Summer Sippin' 2nd Place Non-alcoholic Sublime Tree Dragon Show

Dragon Show

Sublime Tree

Be sublime this summer and enjoy the show – the Dragon Show! This layered tropical smoothie features dragon fruit, lychee fruit, mangos, oranges and coconut. It is the ultimate summer treat you never knew you needed, brought to you by Sublime Tree!

Summer Sippin' 3rd Place Non-alcoholic Kale Me Crazy Summer Cherries

Summer Cherries

Kale Me Crazy Roswell

Delightful Summer Smoothie made with only healthy ingredients, including organic cherries, house-made almond milk, cashews and organic bananas.

Welcome to Roswell – July 2017

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Johnny's Pizza Roswell 1 Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting

Johnny’s Pizza

Johnny’s Pizza just celebrated its one-year anniversary in Roswell. Located off of Highway 92, Johnny’s serves quality New-York style pizza, pasta, salad and a variety of other italian delectables. Stop by and dig into a delicious slice!

For more information, visit johnnyspizza.com/location/roswell

The Comfort Chair Store Expansion Ribbon Cutting

The Comfortable Chair Store

Congratulations to The Comfortable Chair Store on the unveiling of its new, expanded Roswell store. Located off East Crossville Road, the Comfortable Chair Store provides a wide variety of seating including recliners, sleepers, sofas and more. Find something perfect for your home in your upcoming visit!

To learn more go to thecomfortablechairstore.com

Staff Profile: Steve Stroud

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Roswell Inc Executive Director Steve Stroud

Let’s get to know Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc.

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Excited. Colorful. Bright.

Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: On a day off, usually you’ll find me in the yard. If I can work in my yard with my flowers, or grooming my yard, I love to be outside.

Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: A dream vacation would be somewhere in the South Pacific, hopefully sailing on a catamaran, or being on a beach.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: The most interesting thing not on my resume would probably be the days I was a camp counselor. Loved being a camp counselor in high school and college. It was a great opportunity to work with kids and spend time on Lake Michigan.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a firefighter, and not just a fireman, but an oil well firefighter. I thought that was just the coolest thing. I saw a movie one time with John Wayne called “Hellfighters,” and I thought it was a really a cool thing, and thought if you’re going to be a fireman, you might as well go all out.

Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: I would probably bring my family, then a good book and some sunscreen.

Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: I would definitely have to go back to the late 50s and 60s: Havana, Las Vegas, Miami, the Rat Pack days with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would want to be Spiderman and fly through the buildings, no doubt.

Roswell Inc Executive Director Steve Stroud

Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: Probably the happiest is when I’m spending time with my family. I love to go to the beach, but I’m happiest spending time with them.

Q: What would be your best advice?
A: Stay in the moment, take advantage of the moment, be present and don’t worry about the future. You have to keep the future in mind, but you also have to live today. We spend an enormous amount of energy worrying about what will happen tomorrow, and we forget to enjoy what we’re doing right here, right now.

Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: My role at Roswell Inc is to facilitate relationships, introduce people to each other, and try to create a better community for my kids, for the people that live here, and for the future.

Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: If there was a little kid here, I would say that my job is to make sure that the ice cream shop opens, and stays open, so that we can have ice cream every day.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: My favorite part about my job is helping people meet their dreams by opening their business, being successful, or solving a problem that helps them get to the next level so that they can really be and achieve the things they want to achieve with their business.

Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: By far, my favorite event is the Connects.  Connects have brought more people together, more businesses to do business with each other, and built more relationships than probably anything we’ve done, because it brings the business community and residential community together. It helps to see what services are offered here, and it truly brings that sense of pride that you can showcase your business, but more importantly you can meet others that do the same kind of business that you do day to day in Roswell.

Roswell Inc Executive Director Steve Stroud

Get a behind-the-scenes look at all the staff interviews. Watch the video and read other one-on-one interviews here.

Staff Profile: Carisa Turner

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Carisa Turner Roswell Inc

Let’s get to know Carisa Turner, Director of Communications & Public Relations at Roswell Inc.

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Creative. Inquisitive. Driven.

Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: When I’m not at Roswell Inc, you can usually find me reading a book. I also like taking walks with my husband, and really anything that has me spending time with family and friends. I love watching my daughter grow up, playing with her, and seeing the world through her eyes.

Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: This is a hard one for me, because I would love to travel the entire world. If I had to pick, I would love to tour South America, with some very significant time in Argentina. I want to drink the wine, walk through and explore the city and learn to tango.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: I am a songwriter. I have been playing piano since I was about four, and started writing music when I was 13 and have been doing it ever since. I actually have recorded and released a couple songs over the years. Songwriting is one of my biggest passions in life.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a reporter. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved writing and have always been intrigued by investigating and uncovering stories. When I was in 5th grade, I started a community newspaper where I would write stories and distribute it to the neighborhood kids. There was something really powerful to me about being a reporter and helping share and uncover stories. I think it’s really cool that I get to do that, in a sense, with Roswell Inc, as a sort of in-house reporter.

Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: I’m kind of practical, so I would bring sunscreen, a journal and some books I’ve wanted to read.

Carisa Turner Roswell Inc
Carisa Turner Roswell Inc

Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: I think I would go back and see who my ancestors were. I think it would really cool to meet my great grandparents, and even my great-great grandparents, and be able to talk with them about their histories and stories.

Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would like the ability to read minds. It would have to be something where I was able to turn it on and off, though, because it would be a lot to always be hearing people’s thoughts.

Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: What makes me the happiest, outside family, friends and things like that, would be traveling. I really love traveling, and it’s even better when you do it with the people you love.

Q: What would be your best advice?
A: The thing I find myself telling people most of the time is that sometimes you have to say “no” to good things in life in order to say “yes” to and accomplish the great things. It’s all about prioritizing and making space in your life for the things that are most important to you.

Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: I oversee and lead all communications efforts for the organization.

Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: I get to tell stories about what we do.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: I am fascinated by the power of communication and the ability that it has to build trust with people and help an organization flourish. Being able to provide helpful, timely and compelling information that informs people, influences them and can really accomplish change in society … that’s a really cool thing.

Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: My favorite event would be the state of the city event that we do each year. I like that it’s the one time of year where all the community leaders are there, and you’re talking about where you’ve been, where you’re going, and casting a vision for the future.

Carisa Turner Roswell Inc

Get a behind-the-scenes look at all the staff interviews. Watch the video and read other one-on-one interviews here.

Staff Profile: Debra Ewing

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Debra Ewing Roswell Inc

Let’s get to know Debra Ewing, Business Development & Outreach Coordinator at Roswell Inc.

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words
A: Enthusiastic. Positive.  Determined.

Q: What can we find you doing on a day off?
A: On a day off, you can find me playing with my grandchildren, either going to lacrosse games or going to riding events.

Q: Describe your dream vacation?
A: My dream vacation would be going to Europe. I would love to see England, France or Spain.

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: I used to make all of my clothes: jackets, pants, and skirts. I tried bathing suits, and that didn’t work very well.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be an occupational therapist. In grade school we had a career day, and I thought it sounded so interesting.

Q: If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
A: If this were a deserted island, I would bring my makeup, clothes and shoes, and a hairbrush.

Q: Where would you go in a time machine?
A: I would go back to pioneer times. I would like to be an early settler. Taking care of a family, being so determined, and seeing the country for the first time would have been so interesting.

Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I would like to be a super-speeder. Then I wouldn’t be late to any meetings, events, lacrosse games, riding tournaments, or Roswell City Council meetings.

Debra Ewing Roswell Inc
Debra Ewing Roswell Inc

Q: What makes you the happiest?
A: My family.

Q: What would be your best advice?
A: Be patient, whether in your career or in your personal life, and persevere.

Q: Describe your role at Roswell Inc?
A: I’m a problem solver. I like solving problems and helping businesses go through the process at the city, or even small issues for startups.

Q: How would you describe this job to a child?
A: I help the candy store open, and stay open, so that my granddaughter can walk down from middle school and get her candy.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: I love meeting people who are entrepreneurs. It is fascinating to hear people’s stories about how they decided to pursue a career. I am really impressed with all the people I meet.

Q: What is your favorite event that Roswell Inc does or has done?
A: I think the Connects … they are really fun. I see people talking about their businesses and they’re excited, and it’s cool to see all the entrepreneurs together.

Debra Ewing Roswell Inc

Get a behind-the-scenes look at all the staff interviews. Watch the video and read other one-on-one interviews here.

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