Stone Mountain CID September 2018 Newsletter

Stone Mountain Community Improvement District August 2018 Newsletter

Board Member Spotlight
Rebekah Coblentz

Rebekah Coblentz is a woman who leads by example. Not only is she a senior property manager with commercial real estate firm NAI Brannen Goddard/Monarch Realty, she is also on the Board of Decide DeKalb Development Authority and she serves as vice chair on the Stone Mountain CID board of directors.

Her desire to help her community thrive and grow is one of the reasons she decided to become involved with SMCID. Rebekah witnessed how the CID was accomplishing improvements in the area where the County had been struggling, and decided that her organizational skills and leadership abilities could be best put to use streamlining the process.

Working for the second largest business owner in the CID, with buildings located throughout the district, there is no one more familiar with the community than Rebekah. As a result, she is able to allocate the CID tax money to the projects that need it the most. Her goal is to make SMCID a more thriving and exciting community to work and live.

“Rebekah Coblentz has been instrumental in Stone Mountain CID’s success,” said SMCID president Emory Morsberger. “She advocates for the businesses, she advocates for the community and she just gets things done.”

Rebekah enjoys running as well as playing with her rescue dog. Rebekah has also enjoyed teaching English as a second language (ESL) at her church for the past 11 years.

Announcement

A big announcement is coming soon! Stay tuned to learn about the exciting CID news that will be revealed next month!

Community
PepsiCo Spotlight

PepsicCo is the second largest food and beverage company in the world — second only to Nestle. The 1644 Rock Mountain Blvd. location employs a staff of approximately 300 in 200,000 square feet and manufactures, warehouses, sells and distributes popular beverages like Aquafina, Propel, Pepsi and other carbonated drinks. Mountain Dew has the largest convenience store channel in the state of Georgia.

The accessibility to major highways, along with the ease of entry and exits to the facility is an asset PepsiCo enjoys as a member of Stone Mountain CID. The company intends to continue its participation with the CID to ensure consistent and sustainable business growth, so that all business members benefit from the rise in property value due to the improvement and beautification efforts provided by the CID.

“We have only been a member of the CID for about a year, but I have really enjoyed getting the chance to connect with neighboring businesses in an effort to join efforts to work for the good and betterment of our community,” said Skip Vaughn, market senior director at PespsiCo.

As most people are aware, Super Bowl LIII is coming to Atlanta, February 3, 2019, and PepsiCo is a major NFL and Super Bowl sponsor. Be sure to remember your PepsiCo food and beverage products when you stock up on snacks to watch the big game!

DeKalb County Top Three in Metro Population Growth

DeKalb County has experienced its largest single-year growth since 2000-2001 in nearly two decades with more than 10,600 people moving into the county in the past year. The Atlanta Regional Commission estimates this brings DeKalb County’s total population to be 744,530.

“DeKalb County is becoming the preferred location for many residents and businesses,” said DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond. “We have gotten our fiscal house in order and made significant investments to improve county services, governance and accountability.”

DeKalb County comes in third in a 10-county region behind Fulton County with a growth of 17,570 and Gwinnett County with 16,700.

“I’d like to think Stone Mountain CID is a contributing factor to this growth,” said SMCID president, Emory Morsberger. “We are in an area that is readily accessible by major highways and interstates in the metro area, we are growing and attracting new companies every day. This is just an incredible place to do business!”

Events

Tucktoberfest at Tucker Brewing Company

Tucker Brewing Company will be celebrating its inaugural Tucktoberfest on Saturday, September 22 from 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

The price of admission is $25 (free for anyone under 21), which includes a four, half-liter (or two, one-liter) draft beer. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase.

For more information and a full schedule of activities, visit the event site.

 

 

 

 

Eurofins Lunch and Learn, Customer Appreciation and Tour

Eurofins Microbiology laboratory will be hosting a free customer appreciation Lunch and Learn at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3 at its 2460 Mountain Industrial Boulevard location. The condensed course of Environmental Monitoring Programs will accompany a complimentary lunch.

The Lunch and Learn will be followed by a Laboratory Tour at 2:15 p.m. to showcase the brand new, state-of-the art microbiology laboratory.

The customer appreciation ceremony will take place immediately following the tour at 3 p.m. Additional refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided as you network with local food and safety experts.

To RSVP, please register here.

Meetings

Tucker City Updates

There will be a City Council Meeting on Monday, September 24 and October 8, a Transportation Committee Meeting on Tuesday, September 25, an Overlay/Sign Public Meeting on Wednesday, September 26, a Planning Commission Meeting on Thursday, September 27 and a Community Council Meeting on Wednesday, October 10, at the Tucker City Hall Annex at 7 p.m.

For licensing, please contact City of Tucker Licensing at licenses@tuckerga.gov, and for permits and applications.  Please contact Janicé Law of the City of Tucker Building Permits and Applications at jlaw@tuckerga.gov or call 678-597-9040 with any questions.

Stone Mountain CID Updates on Improvements and Repairs

  • Last month a pallet of paper fell from a truck, littering the Mountain Industrial Blvd. intersection at Highway 78 with flying paper. Within 10 minutes, SMCID’s clean-up crew — with the help of Tucker police — were able to quickly collect the fallen paper before they could blow too far away.
  • Three task forces have been formed in the City of Tucker:
    • Transportation – served by Emory Morsberger and Larry Kaiser
    • Signage and Wayfinding – served by Emory Morsberger and Jennifer Kaduck
    • Trails – served by Tami Hanlin
  • Two task forces have been formed in DeKalb County:
    • Economic Development – served by Emory Morsberger and Rebekah Coblentz
    • Transit – Served by Larry Kaiser

From September to November, SMCID streets that have the worse pavement condition will be resurfaced.

These projects were made possible last November when voters across DeKalb County overwhelmingly supported the additional penny sales tax for road and drainage improvements, multi-modal transportation initiatives, parks and recreation needs, as well as public safety upgrades. The City of Tucker is projected to receive $32 million over the six-year life of the Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

  • Roadhaven Drive – from E Ponce de Leon Avenue to Greer Circle
  • Auger Drive – from Hammermill Road to the end
  • Mountain Industrial Boulevard – from East Ponce de Leon to the Gwinnett County line
  • Lewis Road – from Mountain Industrial Blvd to Rock Mountain to Rock Mountain Boulevard
  • Rock Mountain Boulevard – from East Ponce de Leon Avenue to Lewis Road

Due to the high traffic volumes on Mountain Industrial Blvd. the City of Tucker intends to resurface this road after 6 p.m.

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