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College Park schedules 'Music on Main'
by Nneka M. Okona
nokona@neighbornewspapers.com
July 24, 2012 04:35 PM | 1322 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Designer Den Administrative Mgr. Margaret Carter, Main Street Board Vice Chair Shirrelle Rhodes and City Of College Park Business Development Mgr. Erica Rocker stand where the summer concert series will be taking place.
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Out-of-towners, stragglers from business meetings and 9-to-5’ers in the South Fulton area now have a destination as the summer sun winds down — College Park’s Summer Concert Series, sponsored by the city’s Main Street Association.

Mike Rogers Band will be performing at each concert, set for Aug. 16 and Sept. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Each show will be in the Designer’s Den parking lot, 1869 Harvard Ave., and attendees can bring their own food and chairs.

The series, an effort of the city’s Business Development Manager Erica Rocker, was designed specifically to encourage activity in the downtown area.

“We try to make sure that we have events planned just as much as we have initiatives to bring businesses in and revitalize the area,” she said. “Part of revitalizing downtown is to do street festivals, concerts and things that bring people downtown.”

Much bigger than the concert series are the ongoing efforts that Rocker coordinates to place College Park on the map as a city that encourages and fosters entrepreneurship and business in general.

To that end, Rocker said 15 businesses have opened in the city thus far in 2012.

College Park is often considered a transient community because so many people travel through the area on a regular basis. There are 34 hotels throughout the city.

“We are home to a lot of people for their business travels,” Rocker said. “Although we are a population of just over 13,000, we have a daytime population of about 700,000.”

Daytime population includes those from East Point, Hapeville, the airport, Camp Creek and other nearby areas.

Aside from downtown activity, including the concert series and the annual wine stroll scheduled for October, efforts to upgrade the visual appeal are underway.

“We’re getting ready to embark on the streetscape project,” Rocker said. “We received funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation to provide benches and lighting.”

Funding was only secured for one block in College Park, from Harvard Avenue to Princeton Avenue.

From Rocker’s perspective, things are starting to look up.

“I’m very grateful,” she said. “When people say we are in a recession, I say ‘Not in College Park!’”
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