Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Simple facts about what makes Dunwoody a great place to live and work as shared by Mayor Ken Wright and Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bill Grant

What makes Dunwoody a great place to live and work?

Dunwoody Mayor Ken Wright shared great facts about our community at a recent Chamber of Commerce event that I thought I would share.

For FY2010, there are 2,352 licensed business in the City, which employee 21,083 and generate $2,335,264 in occupation taxes on $2.34 Billion in gross receipts (GA).

Dunwoody can boast of 122 Restaurants, 60 medical professional offices, 46 beauty salons, 33 law firms and 42 management consultant offices.

We have 5 full-service hotels in the Perimeter Center with a total of 1,554 hotel rooms with total meeting space of 62,000 square feet.

Board Chair, Bill Grant continued with the theme of good things about Dunwoody.

In fact, he challenged the group to make their own list of the 10 Greatest Things about Dunwoody, Georgia. The problem, Bill explained, was not how hard it is to come up with ten good things, the problem is limiting the list to ten -- He could only whittle it down to fourteen!

So, according to Bill Grant, The Ten Fourteen Greatest thing about Dunwoody, Georgia

1. A city government of the people, by the people and for the people and no elected official has a second agenda.

2. Perimeter Mall as a significant source of revenue, and a powerful location for offices. It is the largest business center in Atlanta and houses 50 fortune 500 companies, 75 significant stores, restaurants and 5 hotels.

3. 2300+ businesses are active within the boundaries.

4. The Dunwoody Crier a local newspaper that virtually everyone reads.

5. Twelve community based non-profits all with the goal of making Dunwoody unique and better. A variety of events are sponsored by these organizations, including: Light Up Dunwoody, Lemonade Days, The Dunwoody Music Festival, the 4th of July Parade, the Dunwoody Arts Festival, the Soap Box Derby, and the Dunwoody Dash.

6. An active heritage with land marks, such as the Spruill home, the Cheek Spruill Home, the Railroad Hand House, and the Donaldson-Bannister Farm.

7. Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody Campus.

8. Our own police force with one officer to every 847 people.

9. A frugal City council that operates at a surplus while maintaining lower taxes than any surrounding community.

10. Small town feel with everyone interested in the overall welfare of all.

11. Proximity to the big city with the major technical University of the South and the world’s busiest airport.

12. Next to the largest Medical complex in Georgia.

13. Transportation terminus with 3 local Marta stations and easy access to I-285 and Ga. 400.

14. Seven City parks: Dunwoody Nature Center, Brook Run Park, the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, Dunwoody Park, Perimeter Center East Park, Vernon Oaks Park, and Windwood Hollow Park.

Not bad for a young city, what is on your list?


Kelly Hundley said...

Let's not forget the Rotary Club of Dunwoody's RunDunwoody in October.

Dunwoody Mom said...

A network of community bloggers who keep the citizens of Dunwoody informed on the activities of the city government and community functions and activies. I can only imagine what rules and regulations our citizens would be facing without the transparency these blogs bring.


All well said, very heart-warming.

And thanks for the plug for The Crier, my employer. :)