In 2008, a small group of local entrepreneurs launched a program in partnership with the City of Roswell and the city’s nonprofit tourism organization, Visit Roswell, to support local businesses during the recession. The program’s citywide business marketing efforts were successful.
To build upon the program, our organization—originally called the Roswell Business Alliance— was created in 2012 to continue the work of growing the local business community. We became a separate entity from Visit Roswell, but continued to report to the same board of directors, Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc.
The same year, the City of Roswell finished its first Strategic Economic Development Plan (SEDP), which included a recommendation to pursue economic development through a public-private partnership with an outside nonprofit. City leaders approached our organization about taking the lead on economic development for Roswell and becoming responsible for the initiatives outlined in the SEDP.
Of course, we eagerly agreed. Having worked that same year with the State Department of Economic Development to help recruit the GM Innovation Center to Roswell, our team was excited to continue leading economic development efforts for the city.
In 2014, to reflect our new mission and scope of work, we rebranded to Roswell Inc. Since then, we have continued developing our signature networking events and professional development programs, while also expanding our economic and business development efforts.