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Roswell Connect

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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.

 

Roswell Connect

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 roswell_connect-mdRoswell 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.

 

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.