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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Expansion of the Development Authority Allows More Interaction with Our Economic Development Staff

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Members of the City Council were in overwhelming support of a request to expand the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) area. The expansion covers all commercially zoned properties.

The Development Authority's previous territory covered an approximate 20% portion of all existing City of Norcross businesses, generally bordering Jimmy Carter Blvd. -West/ Historic area- North/ Langford Rd- East, and 600 feet to the south side of Buford Highway. In total, the Development Authority area was approximately 400 acres.

The new Development Authority territory covers ALL businesses (estimated at over 2,000) and are identified by zoning (C1, C2, C3, DCD, M1, M2, ODW and OI).

What does this mean for your business?
Expansion of the Development Authority area simply allows the DDA more interaction with our Economic Development department. They will be able to assist with ALL redevelopment projects in your area and will have a say in the prioritization.

What does including ALL businesses within the Downtown Development area provide?
• Continued working relationship with the City on business redevelopment
• Decreased project time frame limitations (DDA powers are different than the City)
• Improved possibility of City grant acquisitions and new programs
• Possible bonds and financing of redevelopment projects
• Assistance with new and existing Opportunity Zones

According to Rusty Warner, of the Economic Development Department, "The expansion of the Development Authority will bring a different vision to my department to help create jobs and new business corridors, especially clusters like technology and bioscience-based companies. The expanded DDA will also help with new ideas and a 'fresh perspective.'

We have a diversified community, in search of new living styles. The work-where-you-live idea is still alive, and Norcross will once again be taking the lead much faster, with the advocacy of the Development Authority.”

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