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Delta Dental Expansion Brings 200 Jobs to Roswell

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Stonebridge II at Sanctuary Park in Roswell, GADelta Dental Insurance Company, part of the nation’s largest dental benefits carrier, has signed a lease for an additional 51,886 square feet in Sanctuary Park, increasing its footprint in the office park by nearly 35 percent to 215,265 total square feet.

In October 2017, the company will take occupancy of the top two floors at Stonebridge II, located at 1120 Sanctuary Parkway, which is the portion of the office park within Roswell city limits. The expansion allows Delta Dental to increase its total number of employees in Georgia from about 800 to 1,000, and most of the growth will take place in the company’s customer service unit.

The lease is next to its current six-story building, located in the Alpharetta portion of Sanctuary Park.

Roswell Inc has been involved with this project since February of 2016.

“We knew this office space would become available before it hit the market, and also knew Delta Dental was looking at expansion opportunities locally, so we were able to connect the dots and get all the right people at the table in a timely way to make this deal happen,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “Anytime you add this many jobs to a local economy, it’s a big deal for the community, and we are thrilled to have Delta Dental expand its operations into Roswell.”

Delta Dental is part of a group of companies under common management that collectively serve 36.5 million enrollees nationwide. The Sanctuary Park location houses one of three national customer service centers as well as sales, enrollment and other key departments

“We’re delighted to have found a LEED Gold building, and we’ll be building out the interior to those standards as well,” said Tonia Leonardos, facilities director for Delta Dental.

The seven-year lease was brokered by Steve Joseph of CBIZ Gibraltar Real Estate in Chicago in partnership with Mitch Kahlert and James Sanders from ICON Commercial Interests in Atlanta, with agency leasing representation by Jeff Bellamy and Adam Viente with Jones Lang LaSalle in Atlanta. The Metro Atlanta Chamber was also a significant partner in making this deal happen.

This expansion takes place within the boundary of the Roswell Opportunity Zone, an area of the city designated as part of the state incentive program to encourage redevelopment and revitalization. The incentive offers companies tax credits for new jobs created for up to five years, which was a large factor in securing the lease.

Ordinance Change Brings New Beer Market to Roswell

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Bartender pouring beer from faucet in pint glassIt’s no secret that Roswell’s restaurant and brewery scene has been flourishing in recent years.  Now, thanks to a recent ordinance change, we can begin to welcome a new category of craft beer and wine markets to the city.

For the past year, Roswell Inc has worked diligently to amend Roswell’s business alcohol ordinance in order to bring a new business into the city. The ordinance, which historically has required establishments to sell at least 51% food, now allows craft beer and wine markets to sell certain package wine and craft malt beverages exclusively, with limited consumption on the premises.

Approved by city council this past June, the ordinance change paved the way for the first business of its kind in Roswell – Tap & Six, a craft beer lounge concept introduced by Roswell resident David Craig and his eldest son, Ethan.

“What makes us different from a brewery is that we curate the best craft beers from hundreds of local, regional and international breweries and put them in the same spot to enjoy at Tap & Six and at home,” Craig said.

Tap & Six allows you to try, buy and create a six-pack of craft beer or growler to take home, or stay and enjoy one of the 200 on-site beers in addition to small plates, wine and craft sodas.

“It’s a unique concept, and there is nothing else like it in this area. It’s a place to bring your laptop and work during the day, stop in with the kids and other parents after sporting events, or head to for a night out,” Craig said.

Working as a liaison between the city and Craig, Roswell Inc assisted through the entire process – from the initial introduction of the concept to city officials, to working alongside city council and legal staff to create, understand and change the city’s ordinance, to helping the business navigate the zoning process.

“The team at Roswell Inc really helped guide us through the process. It would have been very difficult to accomplish what we did without their help,” Craig said.

Tap & Six is set to open in December of 2017 and will be located off Oak Street in the same area as the soon-to-be-open Whiskey Project.  

“We are thrilled to have helped Tap & Six find a home in Roswell,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “This is a great example of the type of work our organization is often involved with for months, even years, before a new project or business is announced. We can’t wait for Tap & Six to open its doors later this year, and we look forward to seeing it build upon the food and beverage culture we’re creating in our community.”

Craft beer and wine markets will not be able to sell distilled spirits and will have limited hours of operation; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekends and holidays. They will only be permitted in areas currently zoned to allow for consumption on the premises.

Residents Invited to Take Community Survey Through July 31

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community-survey-imageRoswell Inc has launched its first community survey and invites all Roswell residents and community stakeholders to participate. The 23-question survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will be open through July 31.

The survey will provide Roswell Inc with baseline data about residents’ overall awareness of the organization as well as their understanding of economic development – both as an industry and how it impacts the City of Roswell. Gathering this data is an important part of helping Roswell Inc develop a comprehensive outreach strategy to engage and communicate with the city’s residents.

“Our organization is only a few years old, which means most people in the community don’t know a lot about who we are or what we do – but we want to change that,” said Carisa Turner, director of communications and public relations at Roswell Inc. “Because our work has a big impact on the future of the city and all of our residents, we want to do a better job communicating our story with everyone in Roswell – not just the local business community.”

Everyone that completes the survey will have his or her name entered into a drawing for the chance to win one of four $25 Visa gift cards.

The survey can be accessed at roswellinc.org/communitysurvey.

What’s the Opportunity Zone Tax Credit?

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Roswell Opportunity ZoneOur recent Annual Business Survey showed that 62% of respondents were not familiar with Roswell’s job tax credit called the Opportunity Zone. Based on that data, we thought this would be a great time to provide some fresh information about this incentive and how it works.

The Opportunity Zone is a state incentive program available to local governments that apply to have an area of their community designated as an Opportunity Zone to encourage redevelopment and revitalization in certain older commercial and industrial areas.

Roswell’s Opportunity Zone is one of the largest in the state and is available to any Roswell business located within the zone – whether you are a new business or have been around for 20+ years.

Here’s how it works:

  • If your business hires at least two new employees in one year, your company is able to receive a $3,500 tax credit per new job created for up to five years.
  • There is no maximum limit on the number of new jobs created that can take advantage of the tax credit.
  • Your business must be registered in Roswell and be located within the boundary of the Opportunity Zone to qualify – View the Opportunity Zone Map here
  • The job credit is used against 100% of Georgia income tax liability and withholding tax.
  • You can only apply for the tax credit through 2020. (The five-year credit, itself, can extend past 2020.)

Many of you indicated in the survey that you anticipate hiring additional employees in the coming year.

If you are one of those businesses, and you are located in the Opportunity Zone, make sure to contact us to learn more about how to take advantage of this incentive! You can email Debra Ewing, our Business Outreach & Development Coordinator, at debra@roswellinc.org.

You can also learn more about the program and apply through the City of Roswell’s website.

Mixed-Used Development Coming to Highway 9 & Sun Valley

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fuquadevelopmentoutlineA 164,000-square-foot mixed-used development will soon be coming to the corner of Alpharetta Highway and Sun Valley, after the Roswell City Council approved (4-2) conditional uses for both a 4th story and multifamily use on the property at its May 8 meeting.

Fuqua Development is developing the project, which will replace an 18-acre shopping center that is currently about 90% vacant.

The new development will feature a grocery store, office, retail, restaurant space and up to 300 apartment units. It also brings an $80M investment into the city along with approximately 400 new jobs.

We believe this project is going to have an incredibly positive economic and community impact in the area. It will be a destination that is walkable, accessible and provides greater connectivity within the city, especially with the provision of eight-foot sidewalks included throughout the development.

It also will spur economic investment along Highway 9, as this property was recently identified as one of several sites along the corridor that, if redeveloped, would have a catalytic effect for additional redevelopment. (Read the full report here.)

The development will also be connected to the recently approved Sun Valley Drive Extension, which is a new 1/4-mile stretch of road that will run from Highway 9 to Mansell Road, be built with walking and biking paths, and connect all the way through to the city’s largest employer – GM Innovation.

Getting the project to this point is a great example of the type of behind-the-scenes work that we are involved with every day through our work at Roswell Inc.

As the economic development entity for Roswell, we worked with Fuqua Development from the beginning of this project – from connecting them with key stakeholders to setting up discussions with the property owner to going to pre-application meetings at City Hall to ensuring all deadlines and regulations were met.

We are thrilled Fuqua Development has invested in the City of Roswell and are excited to see the long-term revitalization and sustainability this project will bring to the city.

Roswell Business Owners Invited to Take Annual Business Survey

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Roswell Inc has launched its annual business survey and invites all business owners with a business in the City of Roswell to participate. The 38-question online survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be open from May 1 through May 31.

The survey covers a variety of areas, including business size, industry, workforce availability, employee recruitment practices, anticipated changes to operations and staffing, and satisfaction with programs and services offered by Roswell Inc. Data collected assists Roswell Inc in better supporting the business community and the city’s overall economic development initiatives.

Click here to take the Annual Business Survey.

Roswell Inc Releases 2016 Report Card

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Roswell Inc released its 2016 report card today, which provides a snapshot of the city’s key economic indicators from the past year.

Select 2016 report card highlights include:

  • 739 new business licenses issued, generating 1,066 new jobs
  • 1,110 construction permits issued, valued at $254.9 million
  • Impact fees of $1.3 million, which is up from $522,000+ in 2015 because of the City’s new impact fee structure
  • 720 jobs created in the opportunity zone, bringing the total number of jobs created in the opportunity zone since its inception to 5,125
  • Unemployment rate of 3.8%
  • 2,410 attendees at Roswell Inc events and programs

“In terms of economic and business success, 2016 was a great year for Roswell,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “These numbers tell the story of a community with a growing business environment and strong entrepreneurial spirit, and we are anxious to continue building those areas in the years ahead.”

Additional 2016 milestones for the organization include launching an Economic Development Alliance, hosting its biannual Roswell Leadership Focus trip, and hosting the annual North Fulton Opportunity Outlook in partnership with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and other North Fulton cities.

The report card was released today at the organization’s annual Real Estate & Development Outlook event, where Roswell Inc provides insight into the local market to brokers, developers and property managers.

Roswell Restaurant Week Kicks Off on January 23

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RRW Logo 2017Roswell Restaurant Week returns to celebrate the city’s finest culinary experiences from January 23 to February 1, 2017. This year’s event includes 26 participating restaurants, all of which will present special chef-driven prix fixe menus, showcasing signature favorites as well as out-of-the-box specialties.

“Roswell Restaurant Week is one of our favorite times of the year,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “Roswell has an incredibly strong and growing restaurant scene, and this event is a fun and exciting way to invite people from all across the region to experience the unique culinary treasures and dining experiences we have in our city.”

Participating restaurants include: 1920 Tavern, Adele’s On Canton, Amalfi Ristorante, BistroVG, Brick House, The Big Ketch, Crabapple Tavern, El Porton, Foundation Social Eatery, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar, Houck’s Grille, Metro Diner, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Moe’s Original BBQ, Monterrey Roswell, Osteria Mattone, Oak Street Café, Pastis, Peach & the Porkchop, Pizzeria Lucca, PURE Taqueria, Roux On Canton, Salt Factory Pub, Table & Main, Vin25, and Your Pie.

Make sure to follow Roswell Restaurant Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RoswellRW and share dining experiences using #2017RoswellRestaurantWeek and #RoswellRW. Learn more at RoswellRW.com.

This is the second year Roswell Restaurant Week has been presented by Roswell Inc. Roswell Restaurant Week is sponsored by Gas South.

 

Registration Open for 2017 Roswell Business Academy

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business_academy_logo_4_eventbriteRegistration is open for the 2017 Roswell Business Academy, which kicks off on Thursday, January 19. Presented annually by Roswell Inc, this professional development program for leaders of Roswell-based businesses is designed to challenge, inspire, and help business leaders achieve their goals.

This year’s program covers tackling business growth barriers, leadership development, de-cluttering a workspace, crafting the perfect bio, and social media marketing.

Sessions are $10 each. Participants can register for each class individually or purchase a series pass to secure their seat at all five sessions. Limited spots are available, and early registration is encouraged. All participants must work for a business located in Roswell.

For more information about each class and speaker, or to register, visit:
www.eventbrite.com/e/roswell-business-academy-spring-semester-2017-tickets-29584373658

Sessions for 2017 include:

• January 19 – Get Unstuck: Overcome Business Growth Barriers
Every leader and every business hits a wall. Whether your issues are tied to leadership development, employee engagement, limited cash flow, market penetration or other common growth barriers, business leader and Fortune 100 consultant Anthony Flynn will share practical tools to break through your wall and take your business to the next level.

• February 16 – Rise-up: Become a Leader Worth Following
In this session, you will learn how to strengthen the core of your leadership ability and create a culture of empowerment for your company. Essy Lucas will share practical visual tools developed by GiANT Worldwide, a global company dedicated to leadership transformation, that will help you become a more effective and influential leader – one everyone wants to follow.

• March 23 – De-clutter: Create a Space for Success
Discover the joy of a beautiful and organized workspace. Sara Fisher, owner of A Simple Space, will discuss how simplifying, organizing, and personalizing your office can increase productivity, foster greater creativity, and enhance critical thinking and problem solving.

• April 27 – Define: Enhance Your Business Presence with a Great Bio
A compelling bio is one of your most important marketing tools. In this session, professional writing coach Beth Hermes will teach you how turn an interested audience into a loyal patron or client by creating a clear, engaging bio that highlights your accomplishments, business philosophy, and life experiences – all while telling your unique story.

• May 23 – Engage: Build Your Brand on Social Media
In this session, Mallie Hart, owner of Go Creative Go!, will focus on best practices for creating, building and maintaining a Facebook presence, while also spending some time on other platforms, such as Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. The class will cover organic reach versus advertising, as well as tips and tricks to ensure marketing messages get seen by the right eyes – those with an intent to buy.

The 2017 Roswell Business Academy is sponsored by: Fidelity Bank, Ringer Consulting, Art & Beyond, Signs of Significance, and TG Visuals. Coffee is sponsored by Scooter’s.

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