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Strategic Economic Development Plan Meeting Scheduled

To have your say on redevelopment and economic development in Roswell, you should attend an upcoming public meeting, July 12 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Roswell will soon hold a community meeting on the city’s first Strategic Economic Development Plan (SEDP).

The SEDP is an important tool for the redevelopment and economic development of Roswell and is a key first step for how the city should progress in these areas. The operational and implementation goals of the plan are:

  • To increase the awareness, understanding and support for economic development within Roswell;
  • To establish the city as a partner in economic development;
  • To enhance Roswell’s economic and fiscal health within context of the North Fulton County market;
  • To promote the retention and expansion of existing Roswell businesses;
  • To cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit of Roswell residents; and
  • To foster a market climate attractive to a variety of business sizes and interests.

“The Strategic Economic Development Plan will be a roadmap to develop and obtain the goals for the future of Roswell. It will assist us as we continue to build a strong and diversified local economy based on our strengths as a city. This roadmap will point us in the direction needed to cultivate a sustainable community - focusing on leadership, growth, quality of life and wisely investing our resources in areas of impact,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of the Roswell Business Alliance.

The Roswell City Council appointed a 24-member Advisory Committee comprised of a broad cross section of Roswell residents and business owners to facilitate the development of the plan. They will be guided by RKG Associates, Inc. and FOCOM, Inc., which were hired by the city to develop the SEDP. 

The meeting, which includes a presentation of the SEDP and a question/answer session, will take place on Thursday, July 12 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at , Room 220.

For additional information and to review the SEDP plan document, visit the city's website.

Jake Lilley June 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
The following commentary is written not as a presumptive accusation, but an appeal to men who I believe to be of sound judgment and character. We have become conditioned to accept that society should exercise control over that which it does not own. At the forefront of this battleground is the matter of private property. Zoning amounts to the regulation of one’s land, home and business in favor of how others prefer. This is a symptom not of a republic, in which the rights of the minority are protected from the tyranny of the majority, but that of a democracy; a system in which the will of the majority is exercised against the rights of the minority or the individual. Zoning and taxes represent government claims on private property. Only property that is free from taxation and zoning restrictions can be considered "private." Property that does not exist under these conditions is not privately owned and controlled; rather, it is owned and directed by the societal collective. The founders believed that the role of government is to protect Liberty. So, it is my hope that the strategic economic development committee will work to protect, rather than surrender the rights of private property owners. Development decisions must be made by private citizens, engaged in voluntary acts of exchange, guided by free market principles, making use of private dollars and private land. continued on next...
Jake Lilley June 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM
..continued from previous Finally, I encourage the SEDC to resist the temptation of employing legislative coercion to engineer an outcome that might not otherwise be realized through voluntary acts. "Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own." -James Madison, Essay on Property, March 29, 1792. Jake Lilley, Roswell, GA Husband, Citizen, Volunteer

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