At his 2013 State of the City address last week, Davis announced he would like to see the old GoldKist property turned into a tennis complex, which could potentially bring in national and regional tournaments.
“It’s in the baby steps now,” he said. “I wanted to get the idea out there. We’ve actually generated a lot of interest. We started getting phone calls from developers.”
He anticipates Project Renaissance and the revamping of Dunwoody Village Parkway will revitalize the city. Davis said Dunwoody’s leaders need to focus on attracting the next generation of citizens, in addition to satisfying the current residents.
“The new generation sees the world differently than we do and as the leaders of the city, it’s our job to understand that and prepare for it,” he said.
Davis said economic development is booming in the city, bringing new jobs, new residents and more money to Dunwoody.
“We filled 735,000-square-feet of class A office space last year through company expansions and relocation,” he said. “We reported 1,300 new jobs.”
The city is faring well financially, meeting its goal of having four months of revenue in the bank within five years of Dunwoody’s incorporation, Davis added. As another means of increasing economic development, he said he would like to see a business incubator in the city where entrepreneurs and business owners can get access to top business expertise.