If College Park, home of the world's busiest airport, is known as the "City of Hospitality," the new members of the South Fulton Development Authority(SFDA) are hoping the City of South Fulton will be known as the "City of Opportunities."
In April of 2023, seven dynamic individuals became the newest SFDA board. The board is diverse, dedicated to the community, and laser-focused on establishing a foundation where legacies can be realized in the City of South Fulton. Artie Jones, Economic Development Director and Mercedes Mitchell, Board Chairperson took some time to share the plans for the city.
Director Jones proudly listed City of South Fulton stats: population: 113K, 91% African American (the largest African American population), 93.7 square miles, and it contains the location of Fulton Industrial Blvd (the largest industrial district east of the Mississippi). Chairperson Mitchell recalls fondly a time Old National was THE spot to live and hang out.
The SFDA has set a goal to make City of South Fulton one of the top ten places to live in Georgia. This will be achieved by:
Reimagining the large rural area, which the board is visualizing becoming vineyards. Imagine visiting a locally-owned winery right in your backyard!
Multi-use developments! Can you envision a place where you live, shop, work and play?
Preserving greenspace: Do you enjoy a nice walk after dinner? One of the goals for new neighborhoods is to have walking trails where neighbors could meet for walks, or a time to go for a stretch while walking the dog.
Encouraging entrepreneurs to set up shop: Are you thinking about launching a new business or do you have a business that needs a brick and mortar? City of South Fulton could be the answer you have been looking for. Jones has a team ready to partner with businesses to help them be successful, including marketing and networking.
Fortune 500 invitations: there are a number of Fortune 500 companies that have already established locations in City of South Fulton but the board is working to attract more companies which translates to more job opportunities to the residents.
Let's eat: Georgian's love to eat! Why not have a variation of restaurant selections in the city?
Even if someone does not call City of South Fulton home it doesn't mean that they cannot economically support the businesses in the area. The board is dedicated to determining what can attract neighboring city residents into the area.
The board is working diligently to bring great things to fruition, however, they are adamant that it must be done in excellence with a focus on quality. The board needs your support and would be open to your suggestions. Consider attending a board meeting! The board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6385 Old National Highway, Suite 210, 30349.
For more, visit cityofsouthfultonga.gov.