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Staff Zone Expands Corporate Office in Roswell’s Opportunity Zone

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Staff Zone Roswell RelocationStaff Zone, a staffing company that specializes in providing temporary labor for the commercial construction industry, has relocated and expanded its corporate office to 863 Holcomb Bridge Road.

Located within the city’s Opportunity Zone, the 11,000-square-foot building will allow for Staff Zone to grow its operations over the coming years by creating office space with the capacity to house up to 10 additional employees.

Staff Zone will renovate the building, including a complete refresh of the exterior along with an interior buildout, which will feature a large training/meeting room and a mock branch for training purposes. The second floor will include private offices and a common work area.

“Staff Zone’s decision to expand its corporate office in Roswell by investing and redeveloping a property is a big win for local retention efforts,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “The larger space will allow the company to add employees and grow over the next decade, and we were honored to work with their team on this exciting project.”

“We are very excited to relocate and create a presence in the Roswell community, while updating and renovating a very prominent building on Holcomb Bridge Road,” said Sherri Harris, co-owner of Staff Zone. “Our team is excited to work with A Classical Studio and CRLG Holdings. Both have made our vision become an eventual reality, and Roswell Inc has been an integral part of helping us make this happen.”

Staff Zone has 31 locations in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Colorado, more than 200 employees companywide, and provided jobs for more than 22,000 temporary workers in 2017.  

Staff Zone is working with Joshua Roland and David Grace of A Classical Studio, and Laura Green Rothermel and Chris Rothermel of CRLG Holdings to complete renovations, both of which are located in Roswell.

For more information about Staff Zone, visit thestaffzone.com.

What’s Happening in the Roswell Corners Shopping Center?

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Curious about the construction happening in the Target shopping center parking lot off Highway 92? Weingarten Realty, the property owner, has started building a 9,000-square-foot outparcel development for additional retail options. Construction is scheduled to be finished by the fourth quarter of this year.

Currently, three business have leased space in the new building—Deka Lash, 1,000 Degree Pizza, and Five Guys.  

Deka Lash, an eyelash extension studio, will occupy 1,213 square feet, and 1,000 Degree Pizza, and authentic Neapolitan pizzeria, will occupy 1,800 square feet—both are projected to open in the fourth quarter of this year. Five Guys, a fast casual burger restaurant, has leased 2,400 square feet and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2019. Approximately 4,000 square feet of retail space is still available for lease.  

GPS Trackit Brings 40 Jobs and Headquarters to Roswell

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GPS Trackit Headquarters in Roswell, GAGPS Trackit, a software product development company specializing in custom fleet management solutions for small businesses, enterprises, and governments, is opening its national headquarters in Roswell, Georgia—bringing with it 40 new jobs to the city.

Located on the 3rd floor of Roswell Summit’s 200 building along Holcomb Bridge Road, the company will be occupying 6,500 square feet of space starting in May of 2018.

“GPS Trackit’s decision to locate in Roswell is a significant win for our city,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “Both the technology and logistics industries have a strong presence in this area, and GPS Trackit will be an excellent addition to this growing community of businesses.”

“GPS Trackit is excited to establish our corporate headquarters in Roswell,” said Keith Schneider, chief executive officer of GPS Trackit. “Having lived and worked in the area for seven years, I know the robust market in Roswell and the Metro Atlanta area, and the deep pool of talent available will support the growth we expect to achieve at GPS Trackit.”

For more information about GPS Trackit, visit gpstrackit.com.

Sun Valley Road Extension Opens

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The first phase of the Sun Valley Extension is finished! This new complete street has created a new route to travel from Mansell Road to Alpharetta Highway and includes 11-foot travel lanes, four-foot bicycle lanes, five-foot sidewalks on the southern side, and an eight-foot multi-use path on the northern side.

This road will provide greater connectivity between the two roads and take pressure off one of our largest intersections, which is a big win for our business community. In addition,, there is now increased transportation access for the some of the city’s top employers located on and around these two major roads, including one of our largest employers—GM.

The completion of this project not only opens up the area for business and strengthens economic development and vitality, it also helps alleviates traffic and provides easy and safe access for pedestrian use.

Our team is excited about the positive impact this project will have on the city for years to come.

For more information about the Sun Valley Extension project, visit roswellgov.com/Home/Components/News/News/3135/1764

The Economic Impact of Craft Beer

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This week is American Craft Beer Week, a national celebration of small and independent craft brewers throughout the U.S. and the powerful impact they are having on cities and regions across the country.

Not only do craft breweries serve as a catalyst for creating a sense of place and identity within a community, they are also powerful vehicles for economic growth and sustainability.

Craft Beer by the Numbers
According to the Brewers Association, there are more than 6,200 breweries in the U.S. as of 2017, and 98 percent of those are small and independent craft brewers.

In 2011, craft brewers accounted for only 5.7% of the beer market share nationally. As of 2016, they accounted for 12.3% and employed a workforce of approximately 130,000 nationwide.  

In Georgia, the number of craft breweries has increased from 20 in 2011 to nearly 70 at the end of 2017. In Roswell, we are proud to have four—which makes us tied with Decatur and Savannah for the 2nd highest number in the State of Georgia.

Craft Beer in Roswell
As most Roswell locals know, we’ve long been known throughout the region for our independent, chef-driven restaurant scene. This industry has established for our city a unique culture and identity, one that provides a solid foundation for the complementary industry of craft beverages.  

Our community’s entry into the craft beer industry really began more than five years ago, when our team at Roswell Inc took more than 60 community leaders to Asheville, North Carolina, on one of our leadership trips. Our group included elected officials, city staff, local business owners and civic leaders.

While there, we learned about Asheville’s craft brewery industry and its significant economic impact on the city and explored together what that industry might look like in Roswell.

After our return, we partnered with city leaders as they created Roswell’s first microbrewery ordinance, which allowed Gate City Brewing Company and Abbey of the Holy Goats to open in 2015, and Variant Brewing Company and From The Earth Brewing Company to open in 2017.

The Future of Craft Beer
While Roswell has established itself as a craft beer leader in Georgia, we’re only in the beginning stages of this industry’s growth in our city. We believe Roswell is uniquely positioned to become a craft beer leader throughout the entire Southeast region within the coming decade, as we continue to develop this industry.

What’s even more exciting is that cultivating the craft brewery scene here has led to several related businesses opening in Roswell–including Tap & Six, Roswell’s first craft beer market; Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room, set to open in the coming weeks; and a bourbon distillery and meadery that are both in the works right now.

We are well on our way to becoming a regional leader for all craft beverages—beer, wine and spirits—while strengthening our city’s economic vitality through this emerging industry.

American Craft Beer Week 2018

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Celebrating Craft Beer Week in Roswell GAEach year during the month of May, the Brewers Association hosts American Craft Beer Week® , a nationwide celebration giving craft breweries around the U.S. the opportunity to honor and share their passion for craft beer with their surrounding communities. This year, the event takes place May 14-20.

Here in Roswell, we have an expanding microbrewery industry full of innovative, entrepreneurial, and community-driven brewing companies. We are thrilled four local craft breweries call Roswell home and that each one continues to brew, bottle, and sell their art here in the city in which they live, work and play.

So what can you do to celebrate? Visit one (or all) of our craft breweries during the event, enjoy their beer, learn about their passion for craft brews, and help us spread the word that Roswell, Georgia has the best craft brewery scene in the state!

Learn more about the local impact of craft beer and how we helped create this industry in Roswell.

For more information about American Craft Beer Week®, click here

Roswell Breweries
Abbey of the Holy Goat
Beers available at many local restaurants, no Taproom.

Gate City Brewing Company
Taproom open every day, check website for hours. Beers are also available at many local restaurants.

From the Earth Brewing Company
Restaurant and brewery open Tuesday through Sunday, check website for hours.

Variant Brewing Company
Taproom open Wednesday through Sunday, check website for hours.

Summer Sippin’ Roswell Returns on June 1

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Summer Sippin' Roswell Returns June 1 - July 31, 2018Summer Sippin’ Roswell returns to celebrate the creative craft beverage-making skills of Roswell restaurants, cafés, breweries, and coffee shops from June 1 to July 31, 2018. This year’s competition includes 41 participants from around the city, all of which have created and will launch a unique alcoholic or non-alcoholic specialty drink not already featured on their menus.

During the two-month event, patrons will be able to rate each sip they try on the Summer Sippin’ event app. At the end of the event, based on the drink ratings, one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic drink will both be crowned “The Best Sip in Roswell 2018” in their respective categories.

“Our restaurant and hospitality industry continues to be one of the main economic drivers for the city,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “Summer Sippin’ supports the variety of unique food and beverage destination options within Roswell by inviting both locals and visitors from all over the region to our city for this friendly summer competition.”

Participating restaurants for 2018 include: 1920 Tavern, bistro VG, BoneYard Kitchen & Tap, Brilliant Storybar, C&S Chowder House, Ceviche, Crabapple Tavern, Crazy Love Coffee House, El Porton, Flying Biscuit Café, Foundation Social Eatery, From the Earth Brewing Company, HOLA! Taqueria, Houck’s Grille, Hugo’s Oyster Bar, Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant, Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Marlow’s Tavern, Monkey 68, Monterrey Roswell, Osteria Mattone, Peach & the Porkchop, Plum Café, PURE taqueria® Roswell, Roswell Provisions Le Bistro, Roux on Canton, Scooter’s Coffee, Stoney River Steakhouse & Grill, Sublime Tree, Sugar Shack in the Back, Table & Main, Tap & Six, Taqueria Tsunami, The Big Ketch, The Fickle Pickle, The Grub Gastropub, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, The Whiskey Project, Tropical Smoothie Café Roswell, Variant Brewing Company, and Vin25.

The full lineup of participating restaurants and drinks is available now at SummerSippin.com and on the Summer Sippin’ App, which will be released on both iPhone and Android in mid-May. The app was redesigned this year by Kalon Creative to provide patrons with a more user-friendly drink browsing and voting experience.

Make sure to follow Summer Sippin’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #SummerSippinRoswell.

Summer Sippin’ Roswell is sponsored by Gas South.

East Alley Pathway Opens in Historic District

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The East Alley Pathway is officially open! This area is an “L” shaped alley that intersects the west side of Canton Street and south side of Norcross Street. The City of Roswell celebrated the completion of the East Alley Improvement Project, which is the first phase of the East-West Alley Master Plan, on Thursday, April 19.

The project made the alleyway both pedestrian and business friendly through brick paver sidewalks, buried utilities, new outdoor lighting, and a refinished roadway with removable bollards to block traffic and make the area walkable. The changes will also improve water runoff and collection for the Chattahoochee River. In addition to these added features, a small parking lot with 18 metered parking spots are now available for public use.

All improvements enhance the walkability and continuity of Roswell’s Historic District, creating yet another destination location. Businesses with store fronts located on Canton Street and Elizabeth Way will now have the opportunity to use this new space behind their buildings for alley entrances, additional dining and shopping space, and the installation of public art.

Our team was honored to partner with the City and the local and regional business community to help make this project happen. We cannot wait to see how this new area opens up the Historic District and adds to the thriving business community located on the alley!

For more information about the Easy Alley, visit roswellgov.com/government/departments/community-development/plans-projects/east-west-alley-master-plan