Tucker Summit CID February 2020 Newsletter

Proposal Submitted to Reduce Development Size

Developers for the proposed development at Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard submitted a proposal to reduce the size from 154,000 square feet to 99,000 square feet removing the need for concurrent variances required for shopping centers more than 100,000 square feet.

The proposed development includes two phases of future commercial development. Phase I includes an anchor grocery store with two retail/restaurant buildings located at the northern side of the site. Phase II includes additional retail/restaurant buildings at the northern side of the site and two outparcel buildings along Hugh Howell Road.

Tucker Summit CID Freight Cluster Plan Study Update

Metro Analytics presented the initial findings of the Tucker Summit CID Freight Cluster Plan Study to the Steering Committee on Tuesday, February 4. The purpose of the Freight Cluster Plan Study is to identify and program transportation improvements specific to freight, promote efficient transportation solutions, identify complementary market sectors, engage the private sector and promote economic development.

The next steps in the Freight Cluster Plan Study are to report the cargo-oriented development activities and analysis, present the results of inventory and assessment and solicit stakeholder input on issues and needs.

Click to view the full presentation.

Cyber Security: Is Your Business at Risk at Being Hacked?

Cyber security is an ever growing issue, not only for large corporations like Equifax, Amazon or Capital One, but also for any small business or individual. These security risks can be in the form of ransomware attacks, where malware is used to encrypt a system’s data with a monetary demand to decrypt it, to email phishing where a seemingly innocent email is used to capture personal data and passwords.

Each of these breaches can affect business transactions causing a loss of revenue.

If you would like TSCID to host a workshop on how to better protect your business against cyberattacks, please contact Emory Morsberger.

Tucker Summit CID to Host Candidate Forum April 16

Tucker Summit CID will be opening the floor of its spring owners meeting to candidates running for local commissioner, county and state legislative seats on April 16. Get to know the candidates better at Stone Ridge Event Center so that you are able to make an informed decision during the May 2020 election.

Please RSVP here.

Tucker Civic Association (TCA) will be co-sponsoring the April 16 forum and is also holding a DeKalb County Sheriff candidate forum on Tuesday, March 3, at the First United Methodist Church Activities Center from 7-9 p.m. in conjunction with the Tucker Business Association (TBA).

Tucker Manufacturing Day Highlights Tucker as Critical Manufacturing Hub

Tucker Manufacturing Day represents a collaboration among the City of Tucker, the Tucker-Northlake CID, and Tucker Summit CID to support a strong and responsive environment for manufacturing and other local businesses to thrive.

Join us for Manufacturing Day 2020 on Wednesday, April 22!

  • Get updates on what is happening in our vital industrial corridor
  • Tour state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in and around Tucker
  • Hear speakers, presentations and panel discussions featuring industry experts and prominent local executives
  • Network with industry professionals

Film Industry Brings Economic Spur to TSCID and Metro Atlanta

TSCID President Emory Morsberger recently penned an article about the film industry’s effect on the district in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Scheduled speakers include GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan.

“While celebrities in town for filming might rent a mansion or stay in a ritzy hotel in Buckhead, most of the work is done in areas that need the jobs,” he said. “Blackhall Studios, located in south DeKalb, and Eagle Rock Studios in Stone Mountain and Norcross brought much needed investments to those areas. In addition to the jobs and direct spending they bring to businesses nearby, they’re also good corporate citizens who give back to the community in many ways.

Like all businesses in the building trade, the Cofer Brothers hardware store in Tucker saw much of its normal business dry up in 2009, as home construction came to a complete stop amid a wave of foreclosures. The family enterprise survived because just as the crash hit, the tax credit took effect and film crews came calling to build sets and other structures.”

To read the entire article, please click here.

Superstars Available!

One of our TSCID members is downsizing and has several top-notch corporate managers and warehouse supervisors in need of their next career challenge. Please contact Joseph Mazzeo, if you are seeking any of the following experienced superstars ready to work in the Tucker area:

  • Finance manager
  • Finance systems manager
  • Warehouse system manager
  • Logistics Transportation executives
  • Administration

Please email Joseph Mazzeo at Joseph.Mazzeo@macys.com.

FODAC CEO Chris Brand Presents at 2020 Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) CEO Chris Brand was invited to speak at the 2020 Assistive Technology Industry Association (AITIA) Conference in Orlando, Florida last month. Chris’s presentation, “Before Disaster Strikes: Disaster Relief for Aging and Disability Populations,” discussed the necessity of planning ahead for special needs populations prior to a disaster recovery operation for emergencies such as earthquakes, floods and acts of terrorism.

AITIA is an organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of assistive technology products, equipment and systems to enhance daily living for persons with disabilities.

TSCID is so proud to have such an honorable organization like FODAC in the district. To learn more about FODAC or AITIA, please visit their websites.

TSCID Project Updates

  • The City of Tucker agreed to partner with TSCID to match funds on SR-236 at Mountain Industrial Boulevard. The City of Tucker approved to move forward with the design work and will contribute approximately $80K with the CID contributing $50K. The City will be managing the design contract, with the CID’s input on design, and will issue an RFP for design services in February with expectations for an approved selection by April.
  • GDOT has agreed to fund 100% of the construction costs for improvements at the Mountain Industrial Boulevard and Highway 78 interchange from Greer Circle to Elmsdale Drive. The GDOT will be sending a contract to the City within a few weeks to define roles and responsibilities. The City and the CID will be 50/50 partners on the engineering design/utility and ROW acquisition. The State will decide on the submitted grant application this spring.
  • Construction of the Mountain Industrial Boulevard raised landscape median project will begin in February — weather permitting. Stay tuned for news on road closures and detours.

Please visit www.tuckersummitcid.com for news and updates and follow us on LinkedIn.

To have your business or event included in our next CID newsletter, please contact Emory Morsberger at 770-409-8100 or email emory@tuckersummitcid.com.