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Economic Development

Chair:  Brent Morris
Peachtree Benefit Group

This team works with our City, State and National entities, programs and issues. They are working diligently to create an environment to bring the right businesses to Dunwoody along with our City and State officials, our Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVBD) and the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts (PCID).

  • Working in conjunction with the City of Dunwoody to encourage businesses to stay in Dunwoody once they have located their firms here. We do that by better understanding their business, encourage their employees to get involved and becoming a part of the community.
  • Working with our other business partners here in Dunwoody we are creating programs to help a business’s employees to feel more comfortable in Dunwoody while they are here to work - encouraging them to shop, eat and play in Dunwoody before and after their workday.

The Perimeter Center office market is Metro Atlanta’s largest contiguous employment district with more than 100,000 employees, 28 million square feet of office space, and six million square feet of retail. Perimeter Center is home to many Fortune 1000 firms including UPS, Newell Rubbermaid, Georgia Gulf, Cox Communications, Popeye’s, Global Payments, and First Data. An additional 125 companies—each with 100+ employees— call Perimeter Center home, including InterContinental Hotels Group, Access Insurance, Allscripts, and Doosan Infracore, to name a few.

Top 5 Most Wired Cities in the U.S.
1 Raleigh
2 Atlanta
3 Seattle
4 San Francisco
5 Washington, D.C.
Source: FORBES Magazine

Four Reasons Why Georgia is Attracting New Business
No. 2: Workforce
No. 3: Transportation
No. 4: Top States for Business (overall)
No. 9: Costs of Living

Atlanta Education:
Atlanta is a top higher education hub with nationally recognized institutions including Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Mercer University’s Atlanta Campus, and many technical colleges. In fact, the Metro Atlanta region is home to a total of 57 colleges and universities that enroll over 200,000 students annually. Dunwoody is home to Georgia Perimeter College, with an annual student population of over 9,000.

Talented Community of College Graduates:
According to a recent Metro Atlanta Chamber “Young & Restless” study, Atlanta ranks first in the nation for attracting highly educated 25–34 year olds, and almost 36 percent of the region’s population has at least a bachelor’s degree. Combine that with Dunwoody’s educated population where 40 percent hold bachelor’s degrees and 21 percent hold master’s, professional, or doctorate degrees, and your search for talent is over.

No. 3: Engineering
No. 5: Computer Sciences
No. 7: Business Management and Marketing
No. 8: Health Professions
Source: Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE)

Top Cities for New College Graduates
1. Houston, TX
2. Washington, DC
3. Dallas, TX
4. Atlanta, GA
5. Austin, TX
Source: BusinessWeek magazine, July 16, 2010