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.

2017 Live, Work, Play City

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The City of Roswell recently received the 2017 Live, Work, Play award in the Large City category presented by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), in conjunction with Georgia Trend Magazine. You can read the full article on the City of Roswell’s website.

Check out the video below that was submitted for the Award competition. We always knew that Roswell was the best city to live, work, and play, but now we have the award to prove it!

Drought and Your Business

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A special message from the City of Roswell’s Environmental/Public Works Department:


Did you know that on November 17, 2016, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) declared a Level 2 drought? Although we have experienced a number of rainy days in recent weeks, exceptional drought conditions still persist in our region. We encourage your support in conserving our precious resource as much as possible.

Here are a few examples how you can help conserve water:

  1. Do you serve water to your customers as soon as they sit down? To help conserve water, we recommend you only serve water when the customer requests it.
  2. Under a Level 2 Drought, there are watering restrictions in place for outdoor watering. Even addresses and sites with no numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., while those at odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
  3. If you have a well that is used for irrigation, please place a sign out on the lawn or on the door to state “Well Water.” This will help the Environmental Compliance Officers and Code Enforcement Officers know that the water is from a well.
  4. Using water for ornamental purposes—such as fountains, reflecting pools and waterfalls—is not permitted during a Level 2 Drought.
  5. Using a pre-rinse spray valve that uses less water when washing your dishes will also help to conserve water.

For more information, visit the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District website or contact the City of Roswell Water Utility Division at 770-641-3707.

Thank you very much for your conservation effort. It is much appreciated!

Bring Small Business Back Tour Comes to Roswell

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Bring Small Business Back Tour: Roswell, GA

The Job Creators Network’s “Bring Small Businesses Back Bust Tour” stopped into Roswell, Georgia on October 6th. Our team was joined by Congressman Tom Price, as well as Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus. Together, we discussed the problems facing American small businesses today. We also championed the strides Georgia and Job Creators Network are taking to fix those problems.

You can learn more about JCN’s mission to Bring Small Businesses Back here and read the original article here.

Save The Dates – 2017 Roswell Inc Event Dates Announced!

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Mark Your Calendars

Announcing the 2017 Roswell Inc event dates – Roswell Business Academy, Roswell Coffee Connect, Roswell Connect


7:30 to 9:00 AM
Thursday, January 19
Thursday, February 16
Thursday, March 23
Thursday, April 27
Tuesday, May 23

The Roswell Business Academy brings participants together by providing opportunities to learn, grow, discuss ideas and gain insight on local business trends. These courses consist of everything from enhancing your online presence to starting and financing a business from scratch.

coffee_connect_for_emma7:30 to 9:00 AM
Friday, February 10
Friday, April 14
Friday, July 14
Friday, August 11
Friday, October 27

Roswell Coffee Connect provides a morning opportunity for Roswell business owners and leaders to network and connect over a hot cup of coffee. This program furthers Roswell Inc’s  mission to foster strong relationships within and among the Roswell business community.


5:30 to 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 7
Tuesday, June 27
Tuesday, September 19
Wednesday, December 6

Founded and operated by Roswell Inc, Roswell Connect is a bi-monthly evening networking event exclusively offered to Roswell registered businesses. Roswell Connect is highly attended by industry-leading business professionals and community leaders. Enjoy complimentary beverages and light snacks provided by Roswell Restaurant Partners.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest Roswell business happenings and event announcements – Join Roswell Inc’s email list today!

October 2016 Highlights

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Take a look back at Roswell Inc’s highlights for October, 2016   

Quick Stats:

Roswell New Businesses & Job Creation

30 New Businesses
64 New Jobs Created

42,888 Commercial SqFt Occupied



Preliminary September 2016


Preliminary September 2016

Roswell Leadership Focus Explores and Learns from Franklin, Tennesseerlf_logo_full_color

ROSWELL, GA – Earlier in October, over 60 of Roswell’s community leaders and volunteers loaded a bus and drove to Franklin, Tennessee. These movers and shakers were participants of Roswell Leadership Focus (RLF), a program presented by Roswell Inc. The mission of the program is to experience and learn about new ways to implement citywide collaboration and further prioritize the needs of Roswell as a growing community situated outside of a major city.

Why Franklin? As it turns out, Roswell and Franklin have quite a lot in common, but with enough differentials to compare and learn from. As a hub of Nashville, Franklin is rapidly becoming one of the most prominent cities in the Southeast. Franklin is home to corporate headquarters, a historic district in the midst of redevelopment and a compelling story surrounding their history, drawing tourists from all over the world.

RLF participants used the trip as a means to further scope out what Roswell is and can be. Presentations focused on public private partnerships, historical site management, tourism, city communication and branding, historic redevelopment, economic development initiatives, preservation and beautification.

The presenters were Franklin’s community leaders, including representatives from City of Franklin, Heritage Foundation, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and Battle of Franklin Trust.

Brainstorming, prioritizing and open dialogue were a constant during the trip. The participants, who come from diverse backgrounds, were able to collaborate about the possibilities for Roswell. Through meeting Franklin’s leaders and experiencing the unique atmosphere that is Franklin, the participants could discuss the next steps to further expand and instill Roswell’s unique identity.

Franklin provided a host of not just new ideas, but brought together people who are energized to implement plans and laid the foundation for relationships to further develop. Most of all, it set the stage for collaboration, open conversation and has already brought ideas into action.

Previous trips included Asheville, North Carolina in 2014 and Greenville, South Carolina in 2011.

Roswell Inc promotes economic development through a public-private partnership with the City of Roswell. Learn more at


2017 Dates Announced – Registration Opens Soon!

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Friday, February 10
Friday, April 14
Friday, July 14
Friday, August 11
Friday, October 27

2017 Roswell Business Academy

Thursday, January 19 business_academy_logo_4_eventbrite
Thursday, February 16
Thursday, March 23
Thursday, April 27
Tuesday, May 23 



September 2016 Highlights

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Take a look back at Roswell Inc’s highlights for September, 2016   

Quick Stats:

Roswell New Businesses & Job Creation

30 New Businesses
44 New Jobs Created
12,225 Commercial SqFt Occupied



Revised July 2016


Revised July 2016

North Fulton Opportunity Outlook 

Roswell Inc partnered with Council for Quality Growth, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Sandy Springs for the second annual North Fulton Opportunity Outlook at the Computer Museum of America on Thursday, September 15. This was a half-day forum with stakeholders, developers, economists, and leadership from local and state agencies to explore North Fulton’s development opportunities.

This year’s theme was The Next Generation with topics such as technology, healthcare, education/workforce development, “Millennials”, etc. Speakers and panelists provided insight into what it takes to take a community from being good to great. This informative event will help define the impact of the ongoing projects, emerging areas for growth and what is next for North Fulton.


Check out the video introduction for the event here: 

Last Coffee Connect of 2016coffeeconnectlogo4eventbrite

We held the last Coffee Connect of 2016 on Friday the 9th at The Mill Kitchen and Bar.

We had more than 70 people in attendance – the highest attendance of the year!
We are excited to continue to grow this morning networking opportunity for Roswell businesses in 2017.

See future dates below!

Thank You to Our Coffee Connect Sponsors

Associated Insurance Group
Edge Business Systems
Herbert Legal Group
Keller-Williams the Martino Group
Northwestern Mutual

2017 Coffee Connect Dates

Friday, February 10
Friday, April 14
Friday, July 14
Friday, August 11
Friday, October 27


The Best Cities for Jobs

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Recently, Forbes named the best cities for jobs in 2016.

Roswell, Ga (including the area of Sandy Springs) came in at lucky No. 13!

Read the full article for more information and to see what cities ranked where.

A few highlights on job trends across the country:

  • The tech boom is still creating jobs at a rapid pace in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Ana MSA and San Francisco have been best positioned to take advantage of the growth of social networking and the smartphone economy
  • Tech start-ups are focused in on Austin-Round, Texas (sixth place on list of Best Cities For Jobs); Raleigh, N.C. (ninth); Denver-Aurora-Lakewood (seventh) and Portland, Ore. (10th)
  • No. 4 Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn., and No. 8 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, which are seeing a payoff from the corporate headquarters and manufacturing jobs they have lured from higher-cost metro areas like Los Angeles
  • America’s three largest metropolitan areas — New York, Los Angeles and Chicago– also rarely crack the top 10. By far the healthiest economy is New York City, which moved up one place to 16th.


Interested in how the rankings were determined? Read below:

“Our rankings are based on short-, medium- and long-term job creation, going back to 2004, and factor in momentum — whether growth is slowing or accelerating. We have compiled separate rankings for America’s 70 largest metropolitan statistical areas (those with nonfarm employment over 450,000), which are our focus this week, as well as medium-size metro areas (between 150,000 and 450,000 nonfarm jobs) and small ones (less than 150,000 nonfarm jobs) in order to make the comparisons more relevant to each category. (For a detailed description of our methodology, click here.)”

Roswell Inc Issues Business Report Card and SEDP Findings

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Economic figures unveiled by Roswell Inc
highlight city’s business friendliness and momentum

ROSWELL, Ga. (April 25, 2016) – Roswell Inc today released its 2015 business report card before City of Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and council. The report shines a spotlight on the city’s key economic indicators, including jobs numbers, office vacancy rates, and employment rate, among other data.

The 2015 Roswell business report card data indicate high marks for the city in the areas of office vacancy – coming in at 9.2 percent – down from 14.9 percent two years earlier.

Additional report card highlights include:

  • 649 new business licenses issued last year, generating 2,049 new jobs,
  • Construction permits up with 996 issued at a value of $149.3 million,
  • Overall unemployment rate of 3.7 percent in 2015, well below the state’s rate of 5.5 percent.

“Roswell’s economic indicators point to our dedicated commitment to attracting and growing business,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Rowell Inc. “Ongoing efforts from City of Roswell and Roswell Inc, including the three-time expansion of our Opportunity Zone, are paying dividends and boosting business. We fully expect to see continued business momentum in Roswell in the years to come.”


Roswell Inc Annual Report Card 2015 from Roswell Inc on Vimeo.

You can also download a copy of the Roswell Inc Annual Report Card Handout here!


In addition, RKG Associates and Roswell Inc recently presented SEDP 2.0 Comprehensive analysis to Mayor and City Council. To view this presentation, please see below.




Roswell Inc promotes economic development and a strong business community through a public-private partnership with the City of Roswell, Georgia. To learn more about Roswell Inc, visit