The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) continues to bring together stakeholders with the goal of reviving sustained employment opportunities in the greater Mountain Industrial corridor.
The CID recently conducted the second of three public meetings to help create a plan for attracting employers to area commercial properties. The planning process is a collaborative effort with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and DeKalb Development Authority and made possible by an ARC PLAN2040 Livable Centers Initiative Innovation grant.
In addition to insights from area business owners and residents, stakeholder input has come from the DeKalb Board of Commissioners, DeKalb Board of Education, City of Stone Mountain, Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Georgia Power, among others.
CID Board Member Steve Craine said receiving comments and ideas from a broad community base will lead to greater innovations.
"We are fortunate to have committed supporters from both the local and state levels," Craine said. "When this process concludes later this year, I am confidence that we will have a strong roadmap to help us bring in the 2,000 new jobs we are targeting for 2013."
As planning experts continue to develop the CID's strategies, the overall process will seek to address the following key objectives:
Establish the role of the CID in economic development, making the CID and DeKalb County more competitive as a place to start a business, expand existing operations and bring in new companies.
Offer recommendations for more flexible administrative strategies and targeted transportation and aesthetic investments to attract key business sectors.
Identify pathways to retain and attract businesses and fill available CID industrial space at an increasing pace.
Reveal Mountain Industrial Boulevard as a subarea of a much larger economic development corridor extending from the CID north into Gwinnett County via Jimmy Carter Blvd. to I-85.
Pictured: Stakeholders and community leaders at the recent CID meeting (left to right): CID Board Member Steve Craine, DeKalb County Commission Lee May, DeKalb County Transportation Division Supervising Engineer Patrece Keeter and Georgia Power Project Manager Chris McCrary.