This year, the Alpharetta Business Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary. As part of our festivities, we have been reflecting on the 25 reasons to do business in our City. Earlier this year, we posted the first five reasons, soon followed up with the second set, and published the third set last month. We are drawing ever closer to our number one reason to do business in Alpharetta. But first, check out this next list of Alpharetta’s amazing qualities.
Safety is a Priority
Alpharetta is a safe place to raise a family or run a business. The city’s 911 service holds a Triple ACE designation through the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch, one of only 10 operating 911 centers in the U.S. to obtain this designation. The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, which includes police, fire, and 911 operations, hosts “Walk with a Cop” each month as one of the ways it engages with the community. In addition, Alpharetta was named the 7th Friendliest City in the USA by Forbes Magazine.
Community Provides Excellent Quality of Life
In addition to the award-winning park system, the thriving culinary scene offers more than 200 restaurants from casual fare to upscale dining, as well as four food-related events: Taste of Alpharetta, the Alpharetta Farmers Market, Brew Moon Fests in spring and fall, and Food Truck Alley. Also, there are five distinct shopping districts that are home to a wide range of shopping experiences, including well-known stores and unique boutiques.
Supportive Government Leadership
The City of Alpharetta provides the typical municipal services an active and supportive economic development office, plus a whole lot more! Offerings range from free workshops to teach residents and businesses how to take care of the environment to putting five bike share stations in various parts of the city, to adding 1,600 parking spaces in downtown Alpharetta in a little less than five years to meet the needs as that area grows.
Start Up Support – Especially with Technology
Speaking of supporting growth, Tech Alpharetta, comprised of leading technology companies in Alpharetta, works with the City to identify and pursue key investment opportunities and policy decisions for the city’s technology industry. And, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has its North Metro Office in Alpharetta. TAG offers local tech companies access to events, networking, and opportunities to connect and engage with more than 2,000 tech companies and 35,000 tech professionals statewide.
Alpharetta isn’t resting on its laurels. Projects in the works will create 195,000 sq. feet of restaurant and retail space, 1.76 million sq. feet of office space, seven acres of parks and greenspace, and 882 units of residential space. Several hotel projects planned for completion by 2022 will create over 1,000 hotel rooms, and the developing Alpha Loop project will connect popular areas such as Avalon, Downtown, and the Northwinds area via walking and biking trails.