TSCID November 2020 Newsletter

Tucker Summit CID November 2020 Newsletter

Tucker Summit CID November 2020 Newsletter

Hugh Howell Marketplace Groundbreaking

Hugh Howell Groundbreaking
The Hugh Howell Marketplace off of Mountain Industrial and Hugh Howell Road officially broke ground on Thursday, November 5. The $25 million, 80,000 square foot, Branch Properties mixed-use project will be a welcome addition to the district. Once completed the development will be home to a brand new Publix, restaurants and many other retailers.

The small, socially distant gathering was held on a beautiful sunny day where Branch Properties’ President Nick Telesca spoke of the historic and symbolic ginkgo tree which will be planted throughout the property. Branch Properties’ Executive Vice President Jack Hayley, Tucker Mayor Frank Auman and Tucker City Councilwoman Patty Sottys also spoke before breaking ground.

View more photos here.
Hugh Howell Groundbreaking

DeKalb County Approves $438 Million to Repair and Improve Its Sewer System and Receives $265 Million Loan

DeKalb Sewer System
Photo by John Spink of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nearly 60 miles of large sewer lines are on the docket for repair or replacement. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has designated the majority of the cost to the Snapfinger sewer basin, which has experienced 21.8 million gallons of spillage or 91% of the county’s total spill volume.

EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler has been working with the County to secure a $265 million loan through the EPA’s Water and Infrastructure and Finance Innovation Act to help pay for the repairs as a symbol of the agency’s commitment to help clean the environment. The County also recently applied for about $340 million in additional loans to fund the upcoming sewer repairs and improvements.

Repairing this portion of the basin has been an urgent issue for TSCID as new businesses have not been able to connect to the aging pipes, which has discouraged development and investment. The new sewer system will have a great economic impact on TSCID, improving our ability to expand and open new businesses.

Learn more about the sewer repair and 1,900 jobs this project will create in this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.

District 41 Election Results

Senator Kim Jackson
TSCID would like to congratulate and welcome Senator-elect Kim Jackson to our Senate District 41. Senator Jackson won the election over her Republican opponent William Freeman with 79% of the vote.
The 35-year-old Episcopal priest is dedicated to serving District 41 by advocating for mass public transit and bringing new economic development opportunities to the district. Congratulations Senator Jackson, we look forward to working with you in making our district incredible!
Senator Jackson replaces the retired Steven Henson, a former TSCID board member.

We would also like to congratulate DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and District 4 DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw on their re-election. Let’s continue our great work together!

Tribute to Smoke Rise Founder Bill Probst

The TSCID community was saddened to learn of Bill Probst’s passing on October 7, 2020.
“Bill Probst was the man who created the Smoke Rise community,” said Larry Callahan, founding chairman of Stone Mountain CID. “It provided the executive housing for many of the leaders of the original businesses that located in Stone Mountain Industrial Park in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. He was a man of vision and great organization. The trunk of his car served as his office and it included file boxes with surveys and draft contracts for every available parcel of land in Smokerise. If any conversation about a purchase turned serious, he was prepared to take the next step and move toward a closing. The business community owes him a debt of gratitude. May he rest in peace.”
With a career of more than 55 years as a land surveyor and landscape architect, Bill was a pillar of the community and tremendous advocate for the improvement and development of the district. He demonstrated his dedication by founding and leading the boards of many organizations such as the Smoke Rise Corporation, Smoke Rise Chateau Development, Rotary Club in Decatur and was instrumental in bringing MARTA to the Atlanta area when serving as the Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

“Bill Probst was an exemplary citizen in the truest sense. Possessed of a brilliant and active mind all his life, he was the original visionary for Smoke Rise. As he developed neighborhoods and built hundreds of homes, he returned quality and value for every dollar entrusted to him,” said Tucker Mayor Frank Auman. “And from what he earned over his lifetime, he gave back to the community. He dedicated untold hours of his personal time to community initiatives, and property and money to projects that would for generations benefit the area he loved. There is no replacing a Bill Probst – we can only hope his example will inspire others to follow in his path.

Bill was a generous man of action and will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family. Learn more about Bill Probst in his Atlanta Journal-Constitution obituary.

FODAC Receives Tucker’s 2020 Mayor’s Business Award

FODAC CEO Chris Brand Accepts Mayor's Business Award
From left to right: FODAC Board Chair Bill Strickland, Director of Operations Sandra Guthrie, FODAC President and CEO Chris Brand, Mayor Frank Auman and FODAC Director of Development Laurie Ann Kimbrell
At the October 26 Tucker City Council meeting, Mayor Frank Auman presented Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) with the third annual Mayor’s Business Award. The award recognized FODAC for identifying and addressing a need in the community and employing a sound business model to support its mission of supplying patients and caregivers with home medical equipment.

“FODAC really is an example of where our business and philanthropic communities intersect,” said Mayor Auman. “They embody the notion of Tucker businesses doing well, while also doing good in the community.”

TSCID is proud to have such an outstanding organization in our district! Watch the video of the award presentation here.

Thank You DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester

Commissioner Nancy Jester
TSCID would like to recognize all the good work District 1 DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester has put into improving our district. Commissioner Jester worked tirelessly on numerous issues and was instrumental in helping to come up with a solution to DeKalb’s sewer issue.

Thank you, Commissioner Jester, we have appreciated your hard work and our district is all the better for it.

Amazon’s First Georgia Robotics

Fulfillment Center Has Opened

The 640,000 square foot robotics fulfillment center bordering TSCID is operational. At full capacity, the Stone Mountain/Highway 78 facility is set to employ more than 1,000 workers.

“The Amazon robotics fulfillment center is the first of its kind in Georgia, and we are excited to see them open and ship their first packages,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash in a news release. “This project has created a number of jobs, and will continue to be a catalyst for future development in this region.”

Learn more about Amazon’s expansion into Georgia in this Atlanta Business Chronicle article.

Georgia Furniture Mart Hosted Blind Spots:

Exploring Unconscious Bias

In Georgia Furniture Mart’s second Growing in the Workplace event, Blind Spots: Exploring Unconscious Bias, Carly Williams, the US Diversity and Inclusion Recruiting Leader of PwC, discussed exploring unconscious bias. Carly emphasized the importance of recognizing the personal and business case for diversity and inclusion, defining diversity, inclusion, bias, and implicit bias while engaging in conversations to broaden perspectives and commit to action that fosters inclusivity across teams and interactions.

The full roundtable recording can be found on the Georgia Furniture Mart’s YouTube channel.

Georgia Can’t Wait for Freight

The Georgia Transportation Alliance announced the Georgia Can’t Wait for Freight campaign to raise awareness for the transportation infrastructure improvements that need to happen to support Georgia’s growing freight traffic.

Nearly six million tons of freight is carried throughout Georgia each week and continues to grow. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the challenges that face Georgia’s transportation network while also highlighting opportunities for growth and development.

“Investing in significant new transportation infrastructure would benefit many of the important industries that make Georgia’s economy strong,” says Seth Millican, Executive Director of the Georgia Transportation Alliance. “Transforming our transportation network would create more than $480 billion in GDP growth for Georgia over the next 30 years and generate up to 425,000 new jobs.”

Learn more about transportation sales tax, highway funding and strategic investments on the Georgia Can’t Wait for Freight website.

Logistics Management: Consumers and Shippers

This Holiday Season

Feedback from consumers and supply chain professionals in a recent study entitled, “The Great Holiday Rewrite: Supply Chain in the COVID Era,” found that 79% of consumers have found their 2020 spending less predictable than previous years while 72% of shippers are not confident their supply chains are properly positioned heading into this holiday season, among other points.

For holiday success, companies will require reliable partners to enable flexible and agile transportation. Learn more about the study’s findings in this Logistics Management article.

Tucker Brewing Company Offers Thanksgiving To Go

Tired of COVID-cooking? If you’re looking to celebrate Thanksgiving in style but you’re exhausted from all things 2020, Tucker Brewing Company has you covered! Executive Chef Nicole Fey has crafted main dishes, sides, desserts and more for you to order, pick up and enjoy with your family!

View the delectable and tasty menu and order your Thanksgiving feast while available!

Flock Safety Raises $47 Million in Funding

TSCID is a much safer place thanks to Flock Safety and its technology of camera systems. When TSCID President Emory Morsberger introduced the company to DeKalb County, he had no idea how Flock Safety would become so integrated into the safety of the community.

It’s wonderful news that the company has raised $47 million with a fundraising round led by Meritech Capital. Learn more about what’s next for the Atlanta-based neighborhood watch company in this Atlanta Business Chronicle article.

TSCID Project Updates

Freight Cluster Plan Almost Complete!

TSCID Freight Cluster Plan Study
After just over a year-long process, the TSCID Freight Cluster Plan is nearing completion. The Plan focused on ways to improve freight movement throughout the district. In addition, the Plan also looked at other policies to foster economic development and better industrial development moving forward. A briefing was given to the TSCID Board in October.

The Plan calls for two sets of improvements and policy recommendations: 1) short-term (to be completed through 2025); and 2) long-term (to be completed after 2025). Highlighting the list of short-term projects are a set of intersection and sidewalks improvements along Mountain Industrial Boulevard (MIB) from the Gwinnett County line to Lewis Road. Short-term improvements also call for signal upgrades and connected vehicle technology along the corridor. Long term strategies include more study for capacity improvements along MIB and an intersection improvement at E. Ponce and MIB.

Upon completion, the Plan will be presented the TSCID and City of Tucker for review later this month and adoption in December. More information regarding the study can be found on the TSCID’s website.