AEDC board discusses future goals, possible business park upgrades

The Atlanta Economic Development Corporation Board met last week and among other things, considered goals and priorities for next year.
The nonprofit organization, funded by local sales tax, focuses on industrial and manufacturing development opportunities. Not surprisingly, discussion as the group looks ahead to the next budget cycle revolved largely around upgrades at the Atlanta Business Park.
Signage advertising available space in the park was among the ideas considered. Also on the table is the idea of improving the area surrounding the small pond on the park’s grounds, making it an area for outdoor respite. The area could perhaps include landscaping, a pavilion or canopy, and could be turned into an attractive amenity for park tenants, board members agreed.
“It could be a wonderful feature out there,” City Manager David Cockrell said.
Cockrell also updated board members on the ongoing grubbing project at the business park. The board approved $4,905 in change orders related to the project. Cockrell also told the board a perimeter of trees surrounding the pond would be largely cleared since leaving them all in place had not panned out as desired from an aesthetic standpoint. “It blocks the view all the way back, which is what we were trying to open up,” he said.
The board also agreed to move forward with partnering with the county on a website, approving a specifically worded motion indicating the city will participate at an “equitable level.”
The board later adjourned into an executive session to discuss a possible tenant at the business park.

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