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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

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:

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.

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

Roswell Restaurant Week: Serving Up Delicious Food & Design!

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rrwRoswell Restaurant Week 2016 got a fresh new look with a style that is uniquely artisan, and handcrafted. Nimble served up a culinary inspired re-branding that we can’t wait to use in the years to come, as this week long event continues to improve & grow! Nimble’s outstanding design & quality for Roswell Restaurant Week was as superb as the food itself. We are happy to congratulate Nimble for their recent recognition for their RRW design!

Nimble’s work for Roswell Restaurant Week was recently published by For Print Only a division of UNDERCONSIDERATION – an internationally recognized design industry blog. Read the post here.


Business Booming in Roswell

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City at highest retail and office occupancy rate in four years

Relocations and new openings fuel job growth in the City of Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. (Feb. 17, 2016) – Roswell is starting 2016 with news that the North Fulton city achieved the highest commercial occupancy rate in four years, coming in at 90 percent in 2015. This welcome news, along with other positive economic indicators, were announced by Mayor Jere Wood and Roswell Inc Executive Director Steve Stroud earlier this month at the city’s annual Mayor of Roswell State of the City address and luncheon.

“Employers across various sectors – from technology to hospitality – are increasingly choosing Roswell,” said Stroud. “Our city offers the convenience and quality of life that is attractive to job creators and employees alike, which makes us a natural fit for many companies. All of the relocations and new openings that have taken place during the past five years in Roswell are paying dividends and boosting business.”

Roswell Attracts Corporate Relocations

Some of the new corporate citizens taking up residence in the city of Roswell that were recognized at the luncheon include:

  • Courion Corporation (relocated from Boston – 80 jobs)
  • Crum & Forster (relocated from Perimeter Center – 70 jobs)
  • GM (expansion of Technology Innovation Center – 1,400 jobs)
  • Hunter’s Specialties (relocated from Cedar Rapids, Iowa – 33 jobs)
  • John Deere Headquarters (relocated to combine regional operations – 124 jobs)
  • Talent Served (relocated from Marietta, Ga. – 12 jobs)

Lowest Unemployment Rate in Five Years

In addition to corporate relocations and expansions, the City of Roswell is seeing an increase in new business openings – the city celebrated 76 ribbon cuttings, with 518 new business licenses issued in 2015. Job numbers for 2015 in the City of Roswell were strong, with 1,945 total new jobs generated last year. Of jobs created, 547 are in Roswell’s Opportunity Zone – the largest zone of its kind in the state, running from Atlanta Street through the Holcomb Bridge Corridor, with 202 participating companies taking advantage of tax credits and incentives for new hires. Roswell’s overall unemployment rate came in at 3.9 percent in 2015, well below the state’s rate of 5.5 percent.

Restaurant, Tourism and Hospitality Business Booming

Restaurant and hospitality sectors saw huge gains in Roswell over the past year, with 33 new restaurants creating 450 new jobs. The restaurant industry in Roswell serves up 3,964 jobs overall, according to data from Applied Geographic Solutions. The city’s continued business and culinary appeal attracted more than $100 million in tourism-related spending last year, 30 percent of which was spent in food and beverage establishments. Just last month, Roswell Restaurant Week, presented by Roswell Inc, attracted a record number of online visitors and was the most geographically expansive Roswell Restaurant Week to date.

“As more and more businesses open their doors in Roswell, our team at Roswell Inc will continue to support, connect and educate business owners,” said Stroud. “Our organization has over 25 events already planned thus far for 2016 – we are more committed than ever to make the City of Roswell the ideal place to do business.”

To learn more about Roswell Inc, visit


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



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roswell restaurant weekCity’s signature foodie event has the table set with tempting prix fixe menus and social sites

Roswell Restaurant Week , presented by Roswell Inc, begins Monday, Jan. 25 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 31. In its fifth year, Roswell Restaurant Week is raising the bar with more than 25 participating restaurants, each one offering diners special prix fixe menus. In addition, this year’s event is set to be more social than ever with fresh new media pages for the event on Facebook and Instagram – diners are encouraged to share their dining experiences using the hashtag #RoswellRW .

“Roswell’s sense of pride around our culinary scene is more vibrant than ever before. Our locals and visitors alike are dining out and sharing their experiences,” remarked Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc, the organization behind the event. “Roswell Restaurant Week is a celebration of the exciting sense of community we have here, and we encourage locals and non-locals alike to come dine that week to get a taste of Roswell.”

Roswell is in good spirits having recently toasted to its no. 2 spot on Movoto’s 2015 list of “10 Best Atlanta Suburbs” and making’s “Best Small Towns in America” list. On the culinary side, Atlanta’s northern neighbor has enticed both local gourmands and national food critics with eateries receiving praise from Zagat, OpenTable, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and more. The appetite for continued success is strong among Roswell restaurateurs. “We’ve seen an evolution both in culinary diversity and quality here in Roswell over the last five years,” said Ryan Pernice, owner and operator of Osteria Mattone and Table & Main. “Today, Roswell’s restaurant concepts, menus and hospitality are drawing diners from across the region, and this year’s Restaurant Week is an awesome opportunity to come imbibe the Roswell experience.”

To learn more about Roswell Restaurant Week, presented by Roswell Inc, and to make a reservation, visit  .

Plans Unveiled for an Ecologically Driven Mixed‐Use Development in Roswell

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Duke Land Group today unveiled plans for Riverwalk Village, a 104‐acre mixed‐use community located in Roswell between Ga. 400 and Old Alabama Road. The ecologically driven development will add to the growing vitality of Roswell, attract new businesses and jobs, and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for the city.

“Riverwalk Village will be woven seamlessly into the fabric of this unique, historical city,” said Eyal Livnat, principal and president of Duke Homes and Duke Land Group. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the City of Roswell and to enhancing a natural setting that residents, workers and visitors can all enjoy.” The preliminary plans follow the guidelines in the City of Roswell’s Unified Development Code (UDC), and the development will include a maximum of:newrendering

∙ 1,556 residential units, including single family attached, multifamily and active adult housing
∙ 490,000 square feet of general commercial real estate including retail, restaurant, entertainment and grocery
∙ 1.7 million square feet of office space
∙ 200‐key hotel
∙ 200,000 square feet of civic and institutional space including the Swift School, a school for children with language‐based learning differences

Approximately 43 percent of the land will be preserved open space, which will include parks and public spaces, pedestrian‐oriented areas near retail and entertainment, and a system of public running, walking and biking trails that will connect the development and surrounding neighborhoods to the Chattahoochee River.

Duke Land Group enlisted a team of architects and land planners who specialize in land preservation and ecological developments. Architectural design will reflect Roswell’s natural environment with warm, earth‐tone colors and materials.

“In a location with existing ties to natural features like the Chattahoochee River, we wanted to embrace the topography and build on the substantial network of greenways and waterways that course through Roswell and the immediate region,” said Kevin Sloan, principal land planner. “Our goal is to build a community‐focused development with an ecological purpose.”

The property also houses a lake with open channel streams that will meander through the development and provide stormwater control and management. Retailers, restaurants and boardwalks will surround the lake, which provides an added amenity for the public to enjoy.

“Riverwalk Village is a key development for Roswell. We have a strong need for Class A office and mixed-use space that offers convenient access to Ga. 400,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “The focus on the connection to the natural environment within Riverwalk Village will truly reflect Roswell’s continued commitment to being eco‐friendly and will be a true city centerpiece that echoes the spirit and authenticity of Roswell.”

The proposed site plan, which has been filed and will be reviewed by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), smartly positions the school near neighboring residential communities and places the office space adjacent to Ga. 400. Traffic improvements to the Ga. 400 interchange at Holcomb Bridge Road are underway. The developers are continuing to conduct traffic studies and analyze ways to improve access points around the property. Pending zoning and permits, construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015.

City Contracts with SAFEBuilt for Building Services

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City Contracts with SAFEBuilt for Building Services: Public Meeting Scheduled

Roswell, GA (August 13, 2012) – SAFEBuilt, the City’s new contractor for code enforcement and building code administration, will hold a public open house to introduce itself to Roswell residents on August 29 at 7 p.m. in Room 220 at Roswell City Hall.

This open house will focus on SAFEBuilt’s work flow changes and their Neighborhood Improvement Program. This will be a great opportunity to meet the staff and have questions answered about this new partnership.

“Our approach to code enforcement is unique and includes the creation of Neighborhood Improvement Teams. Homeowner’s associations, business districts, or other types of neighborhood groups, can be the forum for dialogue about the issues facing the group and an opportunity to brainstorm solutions,” says Jon Walker, southeast director of operations at SAFEbuilt. “We believe that with thoughtful explanations and outreach, citizens are more willing to comply.”

After a competitive bid process, SAFEbuilt was chosen by the City because of its 20 plus years of experience, a great reputation in the industry, efficient systems and processes and its educational approach to code enforcement. In addition to code enforcement, SAFEbuilt will also be providing the community with building code administration, permitting, inspections and plan reviews.

About SAFEbuilt
Since 1992, SAFEbuilt has offered customized full-service building department programs and supplemental services in short- and long-term engagements for public agencies. More than 120 communities, throughout the country rely on SAFEbuilt to understand their unique needs and ensure their built environments are constructed in a timely manner with safety at the forefront.

Strategic Economic Development Plan Meeting Scheduled

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Roswell, GA (June 20, 2012)-The City of Roswell will hold a community meeting on the City’s first Strategic Economic Development Plan (SEDP) on Thursday, July 12 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Roswell City Hall, Room 220. The meeting will include a presentation of the SEDP and a question/answer session.

The SEDP is an important tool for the redevelopment and economic development of Roswell and is a key first step for how the City should progress in these areas. The operational and implementation goals of the plan are:

  • To increase the awareness, understanding and support for economic development within Roswell;
  • To establish the City as a partner in economic development;
  • To enhance Roswell’s economic and fiscal health within context of the North Fulton County market;
  • To promote the retention and expansion of existing Roswell businesses;
  • To cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit of Roswell residents; and
  • To foster a market climate attractive to a variety of business sizes and interests.

“The Strategic Economic Development Plan will be a roadmap to develop and obtain the goals for the future of Roswell. It will assist us as we continue to build a strong and diversified local economy based on our strengths as a City. This roadmap will point us in the direction needed to cultivate a sustainable community – focusing on leadership, growth, quality of life and wisely investing our resources in areas of impact,” explains Steve Stroud, Executive Director, Roswell Business Alliance.

The Mayor & City Council appointed a 24-member Advisory Committee comprised of a broad cross section of Roswell residents and business owners. This group facilitated the development of the plan guided by RKG Associates, Inc. and FOCOM, Inc. hired by the City to develop the SEDP.

For additional information and to review the SEDP plan document, visit

World’s Global Source purchases new warehouse in Roswell

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World’s Global Source, LLC (WGS) announced the selection of Roswell, Georgia for their primary 8,000 square-foot warehouse. “We are thrilled to purchase this building in Roswell, Georgia” said Michael Bernstein, CEO of WGS. WGS and Black Lab Automotive are located in Roswell’s growing Opportunity Zone, a tax incentive offered by the state encouraging businesses to hire new employees.

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