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MILESTONE: Dunwoody celebrates five years of cityhood
by LaTria Garnigan
March 11, 2014 12:15 PM | 2428 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye / Mayor Mike Davis discusses the accomplishments and the future of the city of Dunwoody.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Mayor Mike Davis discusses the accomplishments and the future of the city of Dunwoody.
The city of Dunwoody incorporated in 2008, and last week, celebrated its fifth birthday with Mayor Mike Davis’ state of the city address.

Davis, elected in 2011, said the city’s theme was “in a perfect place, in a perfect time.”

He gave a rundown of many of the initiatives and projects the city was orchestrating, as well as an update on services. But before he spoke, Julie Bolton, State Farm’s operations vice president of underwriting, spoke about the company’s move to the city.

“We are building a very large operation in Dunwoody,” said Bolton. “We have 17 acres purchased and plan to build what we call ‘live, work, play’ environments. We’re pretty excited about that.”

Bolton added the company will be breaking ground soon on the more than two million square feet of space and plans to occupy it around the end of 2016. On choosing Dunwoody as a location, Bolton said they wanted to expand where they already had a good employee base, the amenities of Dunwoody were attractive and they wanted a place that would help attract and retain employees.

State Farm is just one of the many accomplishments of the city Davis expounded on at last week’s address.

Most notably, the main concerns of most of the residents and business community in attendance were education, the Main Street Project and economic development. Davis piggybacked off of Bolton’s statement on attracting future employees to the area.

“People want to work here because you can live, work and play here,” he said. In addition to State Farm, Krystal’s moved its headquarters to the city’s Perimeter Business District last year, Le Meridien took over the former W Hotel space and Elekta Inc. has also recently called Dunwoody home.

To continue to attract businesses, education play a vital role. Davis said the city will continue to work with District 79 State Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, on legislation for a local school district.

“We’re going to really try hard … we want to do better than what’s being given to us,” said Davis. “That’s going to be our city council’s major effort.”

Knowing it will be a hard task, Davis said they are prepared to keep trying year after year.

The Main Street Project, which encompasses Dunwoody Village Parkway, is underway and Davis said the city is hoping for a Canton Street in Roswell dynamic.

“The whole point is you go out to dinner without having a destination in mind except Main Street in Dunwoody,” he said. “And whatever music is coming out of a restaurant, that’s what is going to make your decision. We can do that and it’s being done all over metro Atlanta.”

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