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Atlanta ranks high in quality of life

A T L A N T A your new hometown

WELCOME HOME!

…to a city where every other street seems to have “Peachtree” in its name, where its citizens are as

determined and resilient as Scarlet O’Hara, where a soft drink has become “the Real Thing” the world

over, where the courageous leader of America’s civil rights movement called home and where the status

of an international city is firmly established by hosting the Olympics.

The area of Atlanta was originally populated by a Native American

mound-building society. Many of Atlanta’s corridors follow the

paths created by the Creek and Cherokee Indian nations, who

inhabited the area until the early 19th Century. A large Creek

settlement was called Standing Pitch Tree after a tall lone tree. Over

time, the “pitch tree” became “peach tree.” No matter where you

go in Atlanta, you always seem to be driving on Peachtree.

By the time of the American Revolution, the Creek, thought

to be descendants of the early inhabitants, had established

Standing Peachtree Village near the site of an ancient mound by

the confluence of the Chattahoochee River and Peachtree Creek.

The village was a hub for several major trails and functioned as an

important trading center. A large section of one of the main trails,

which ran from the village to present-day Suwannee, was upgraded

by local European settlers near Fort Daniel built, during the War of

1812, in what is now Gwinnett County. This led to the building in

1813 of Fort Peachtree on a rise overlooking the Chattahoochee

River. The former trail that now connected the two forts became

known as the original Peachtree Road.

In 1821 the Creek ceded the lands surrounding the Atlanta area to

the State of Georgia. The first European settler in what is now Atlanta

was Hardy Ivy, who in 1833 built a cabin near present day Courtland

Street and International Boulevard. In 1836, in an effort to compete

for trade, the Georgia legislature approved the construction of a

railroad to connect the area near Chattanooga, Tennessee to “... a

point on the southeastern bank of the Chattahoochee River.” Army

engineer Colonel Stephen Harriman Long was chosen to determine

the most practical route for the new Western and Atlantic Railroad

line. After exploring half a dozen options he chose a site nine miles

south of the river. In 1837, a stake was driven into the red clay on

Hardy Ivy’s property and the town that was to become the city of

Atlanta became the “end of the line.” Aptly named Terminus by the

railroad’s chief engineer, the town boomed. As the town continued

to grow and prosper, the name Atlanta was chosen to represent

the thriving, progressive community that today nearly 5,500,000

residents call home.

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Today, the Atlanta metropolitan area consistently ranks

high in overall quality of life when compared to other cities in the

country for numerous reasons. It is home to notable businesses

such as Cingular Wireless, CNN, Cox Communications, EarthLink,

Equifax Georgia-Pacific, Home Depot, Mercedes Benz, the Weather

Channel and UPS, and continues to function as a major economic

hub.

With a passenger terminal complex equivalent to more than 45

football fields, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is

the world's busiest passenger airport. Atlanta is an ideal location

for carriers like hometown Delta Air Lines, as the city is only a

2-hour flight away from 83 percent of U.S. cities. Every day, nearly

250,000 passengers travel through Hartsfield-Jackson making it the

world’s busiest passenger airport.

Atlanta offers its residents distinct seasons and a temperate

climate. The flowering of the dogwood trees in the spring brings a

festive air to the city, one of the greenest metro areas in the eastern

part of the nation. Summers, which can have extended hot and

humid spells, are tempered somewhat by Atlanta's elevation on the

edge of north Georgia's Piedmont region. When fall moseys into the

Atlanta region, the abundant greenery creates a decidedly more

colorful canopy. Winters can be cold but daytime temperatures are

usually comfortable enough to enjoy being outdoors.

Education is well served in the Atlanta area with 26 public school

systems and over 150 private schools. Atlanta consistently ranks

high in the total number of post¬secondary degrees conferred

annually. Students from around the world come to Atlanta to

attend renowned institutions such as Emory University, the Georgia

Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.

Housing choices abound in the metro Atlanta area. Because the

region covers such a large area there are homes and settings

available to match any lifestyle. For those who enjoy in-town

living, choices can run the gamut from quaint bungalows, 19th

century Victorian homes and amenity-rich condo and apartment

communities to trendy urban lofts, posh high-rises and modern,

custom-built mansions. Prefer a suburban setting? There are

plentiful options that range from family-oriented neighborhoods

to upscale golf, equestrian and tennis communities featuring

luxurious homes. The rural areas of the metro region offer spacious

settings for existing or new homes with a relaxed feel embodying

the graciousness of the South. Land is available for people who

have plans for building a dream house, while existing homes offer

choices sure to satisfy anyone seeking a pastoral repose.

Opportunities are also available for homeowners with exclusive

tastes. Numerous choices exist in golf and country club communities

offering private memberships and custom homes.

Due to Atlanta’s ideal location, recreational activities abound in

Georgia. Day trips offer opportunities in hiking, water skiing and

whitewater rafting. A four-hour drive from Atlanta can bring you

to the charm and grace of Savannah and the Georgia Coast, or the

splendor of the North Carolina Mountains.

With over 8,000 restaurants in the metro area that range from

simple and satisfying to elegant and gourmet, one never needs to

go far to find a good meal. With every major U.S. regional cuisine

represented as well as offerings from the cuisines of Europe, Latin

and South America, Africa and Asia, those in search of outstanding

culinary experiences will have an endless adventure.

Cultural appetites can also be well sated. The High Museum of Art,

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet, the Alliance

Theater, and the famous Fox Theater plus art galleries, comedy

clubs, live music venues and local festivals are but a few of the

host of choices available for a sophisticated night on the town

or a weekend of fun. For entertainment the whole family would

enjoy Atlanta offers Six Flags Over Georgia, the Presidential Center,

the Fernbank Natural History Museum, the Martin Luther King,

Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia

Aquarium and the World of Coke.

Pro sporting events run year-round in Atlanta, which is home to

baseball’s Atlanta Braves, football’s Atlanta Falcons, and basketball’s

Atlanta Hawks. State-of-the-art facilities such as Philips Arena,

the The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and SunTrust Park, have hosted

events like the Peach Bowl, the SEC Championship, the NCAA

College Football Championship, and others.

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It’s not uncommon to see license tags from another state in the

parking lot or hear foreign languages or accents being spoken in

the office of Suwanee Dental Care. Build it and they will come

if the word gets out, and that’s just what Dr. Bill Williams did

as an early adopter on the web, local radio and TV. Suwanee

may have been a sleepy little town 25 miles northeast of Atlanta

back in the 90’s, but now no less than five national magazines

have named Suwanee among the best places to live, work and

play in America. Rating high in educational systems, community

parks and recreation, safety, work-force training and a multitude

of sports, cultural and medical professional accessibility gave

Suwanee and Gwinnett County its high ranking.

Building a better dental practice is a lot like building a better city.

It takes planning and foresight, training and implementation.

That’s what Dr. Williams accomplished in putting together one

of America’s finest dental teams and most advanced facilities.

Drs. Chad Schalk, Melissa Kremer, Naz Majdi and he have

a combined 52 years of experience. Dr. Kremer is fluent in

Spanish and Dr. Majdi in Farsi. Additionally, there are currently

a few team members who speak Russian and Romanian. All

of the doctors graduated from the Medical College of Georgia

School of Dentistry and both Dr. Schalk and Dr. Majdi completed

General Practice Residencies for advanced training. Dr. Williams

is a best-selling author as well as teacher in dentistry and

is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, hence the

Suwannee Dental Care slogan, “Everything Under One Roof.”

Clients come from all over to build and restore their smiles to

better strength, longevity and beauty. Oral and I.V. sedation are

important to many patients so that they can relax and sleep

through their appointments, getting all their dentistry done at

one time or in just a few visits. Expert comprehensive analysis

and remarkable results are keys to Suwanee Dental Care’s

success. Being well-versed in TMJ, neuromuscular dentistry,

orthodontics, Invisalign, implant dentistry, oral surgery, smile

design and reconstruction allows the doctors at Suwanee

Dental Care to complete complex cases that many dentists tend

to avoid.

Currently, the state-of-the-art in dentistry is restoration of

missing or weakened teeth with dental implants. Patients can

expect many years of solid chewing and beautiful smiles with

the newer fixed teeth attached to implants instead of just

removable dentures. It’s not a dream any longer. You can go to

sleep and wake up with all new teeth! Suwanee Dental Care can

provide the right services to help you achieve the smile you’ve

always dreamed of to build a better, more beautiful, you.

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Only in Atlanta

Ride your bike from Atlanta to Alabama. The Silver Comet Trail

begins in Smyrna and runs all the way across the Alabama border.

Participate in the race that runners from around the world

descend on Atlanta for each Fourth of July – the Peachtree Road

Race. Approximately 60,000 runners participate each year, making

it one of the largest 10K foot races in the world.

Ask directions from locals and you may hear “ITP” or “OTP.” These

nicknames reference communities that are “Inside the Perimeter”

or “Outside the Perimeter” created by Interstate 285, a nearly 63-

mile stretch of highway that encircles much of the city of Atlanta.

View Atlanta from the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere

and stay for dinner. The rotating Sun Dial Restaurant Bar and View

atop the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza in Downtown Atlanta

provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city and surrounding

area while enjoying delicious cuisine.

1864 Battle of Atlanta, and the APEX Museum, which includes

depictions of African American history of Georgia.

Dive into a one-of-a-kind aquatic experience at the Georgia

Aquarium -- the world’s largest aquarium, where you’ll discover

beluga whales, whale sharks, penguins and aquatic animals from

around the globe.

Witness the Eastern Continental Divide, a continental divide

in the U.S. that separates the Gulf of Mexico drainage from the

watersheds that flow directly into the Atlantic Ocean, runs right

through downtown Atlanta and then east and through Decatur.

Rainwater that falls on the south and east side of the divide runs

eventually into the Atlantic Ocean while rainwater on the north and

west side of the divide runs into the Gulf of Mexico.

Taste over 60 different coke products from around the globe at the

World of Coca-Cola. Explore the complete story past, present, and

future of the world’s best-known brand!

Let your imagination run wild with LEGO fans young and old at

LEGOLAND Discovery Center - made up of a series of interactive

features with creative inspiration at every turn.

Sit at the center of a panorama of the Battle of Atlanta and take

a stirring journey through time in Atlanta’s Cyclorama & Civil War

Museum, which showcases large circular paintings depicting the

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Other notable attractions are The National Center for Civil and

Human Rights, The Georgia State Museum of Science and Industry,

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and Braves Museum & Hall of

Fame. The city also offers easy access to other historical sites such

as the Tullie Smith Farm, Wren’s Nest, and Martin Luther King Jr.

National Historical Site. The Stone Mountain Park has nature trails,

a tennis center, and amenities for swimming and fishing. Visitors to

this park can also see the figures of Confederacy President Jefferson

Davis, Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Gen. Robert E.

Lee that are carved in the granite of the mountain. Other popular

attractions include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Yellow River Game

Ranch, Zoo Atlanta, and the Atlanta Farmers Market. Additionally,

three of Atlanta’s more prestigious universities are located close to

the downtown area Georgia State University, Morehouse College,

and Clark Atlanta University.

Atlanta offers tons of fun for adults and children alike. There are so

many things to do in Atlanta - from top attractions and history, to

outdoor adventures and award-winning culture - you’re sure to find

seasonal sensations year-round.

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For more than 10 years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

International Airport has reigned supreme as the

world’s busiest airport. Each year, more than 95 million

passengers—an average of about 250,000 each day—walk

the halls of the airport’s seven concourses and board flights

to one of the more than 200 destinations served from

one of its 207 gates. Twenty different regional, national

and international carriers operate flights from Hartsfield.

But Hartsfield-Jackson is more than just a way to get

from point A to point B, or a stopover for people on their

way to other destinations; it is a major cog in the city’s

economic wheel, with an estimated economic impact of

$32.5 billion.

History

Like the city itself, Atlanta’s airport had humble

beginnings. Back in April 1925, then-Mayor Walter

Sims signed a five-year lease on an abandoned

racetrack and committed his city to developing it into

an airfield. Four years later, the city purchased the

land (for the bargain price of $94,400) and named it

Atlanta Municipal Airport. A fledgling passenger airline

named Delta moved its headquarters from Monroe,

La., to Atlanta in 1941, paving the way for the airline’s

operations to grow. The city added passenger terminals

in the 1970s and 1980s, MARTA access arrived in 1988

and the 1.2 million-square-foot Maynard H. Jackson

Jr. International Terminal opened to much fanfare in

May 2012. These milestones are proof that the city’s

investment in its airport has more than paid off.

Getting Around

For passengers who choose to drive to the airport, the

domestic terminal is easily accessible from I-85 south

of downtown, while the new international terminal is

accessible via I-75. Parking at the airport is easy, with

more than 33,000 available spaces. For those who prefer

to make use of the city’s public transportation system,

the airport is the terminus of the Red and Gold lines

on MARTA.

Once inside Hartsfield,

passengers can use one of 57

security lanes to quickly enter

the main terminal and the

lettered concourses. An easy-touse

inter-airport train system,

known as the Automated People

Mover, travels a 3-mile loop and

connects all concourses with the

domestic terminal. Hartsfield-

Jackson boasts a whopping 114

food and beverage locations, 90

retail and convenience stores, three

duty-free stores and 56 service outlets, including ATMs,

vending machines and spas.

More Than an Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson’s statistical profile, while impressive,

only tells part of the story. In many ways, the airport is

a city unto itself, employing more than 58,000 people,

from those outside, who run airport operations like air

traffic controllers and ground crew, to those inside, like

vendors and security staff, who make traveling through

Atlanta comfortable and safe for thousands of passengers

each day.

The Future of ATL

Never a city to rest on its laurels, Atlanta has been

working long and hard to plan for both the city’s and the

airport’s future. In March 2014, leaders from a wide range

of public and private industries launched the Atlanta

Aerotropolis Alliance. The term “aerotropolis,” which

was coined by Dr. John Karsada of the University of

North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, means

using an airport as a means of urban development to

connect workers, suppliers, executives and goods. With

companies like Porsche Cars North America building

developments and bringing business to the areas near the

airport, Hartsfield-Jackson is well-positioned to enhance

its status as a vital part of the city’s economy.

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By Gwyn Herbein

Within the airport, the success of the international

terminal has spurred further proposals for growth. In

2014, the airport’s leadership unveiled a $4 billion vision

for a variety of projects over the next 15 years. Plans for

larger parking garages, additional cargo buildings, new

concourses and an additional runway are all in the

planning stages for funding and logistics.

No matter where you are going, Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta International

Airport will get you

there quickly

and safely.

Improving

Transportation

in Georgia

As the metro Atlanta area booms, the Georgia

Department of Transportation (GDOT) is

constantly looking for ways to help us all get

where we need to go faster and more efficiently.

With new houses, businesses, schools and

fun destinations popping up all over the map,

GDOT is finding innovative ways to improve

our transportation infrastructure. That goes

beyond simply building roads, GDOT wants

to give Georgians options, including some that

may help get them out of their cars. We want

to not only significantly improve everyone’s

mobility, but also boost their quality of life.

The Georgia Express Lanes are managed toll

lanes designed to offer drivers another, more

reliable, commute option. Currently, there are

two Express Lane systems in operation. North

of metro Atlanta, the I-85 High Occupancy

Toll (HOT) lanes are 16 miles that stretch

from Chamblee Tucker Road, just

south of I-285, to Old Peachtree Road

in Gwinnett County. The I-75 South

Metro Express Lanes in Clayton and

Henry counties offer commuters 12

miles of reversible managed lanes

along I-75 from SR 155/McDonough

Road to SR 138/Stockbridge Highway.

The Express Lanes add additional

capacity to accommodate more

travelers while leveraging innovative

technologies to manage traffic flow. By

charging a variable toll rate based on

the level of demand, the Express Lanes

give motorists the option to bypass congestion

and get where they need to go.

In the next two years, the Northwest Corridor

and I-85 Extension Express Lanes systems

will be available for motorists. Scheduled to

open in summer 2018, the Northwest Corridor

Express Lanes project will add almost 30

miles of reversible toll lanes along I-75 from

Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road and

along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road. The I-85

Extension, scheduled to open fall 2018, will

add one northbound and one southbound toll

lane north of the existing Express Lanes on

I-85 at Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill

Road.

Additional Express Lanes projects will come

online in next 10 years to improve travel

along the top end of I-285 in Atlanta with the

addition of managed toll lanes operating in

each direction along I-285 from I-75 to I-85

and the State Route 400 Express Lanes. As

Georgia’s network of managed toll lanes

grows and more systems open, commuters

will be able to decide if this travel option is

right for them.

To use any of Georgia’s Express Lanes,

drivers must register for a Peach Pass (www.

peachpass.com) with the State and Road

Tollway Authority (SRTA). Placed inside the

car, the Peach Pass automatically deducts the

corresponding fee for each trip in the lanes.

Transit riders and registered vanpools are

exempt from the toll, offering their customers

a more reliable trip at no extra cost.

To further enhance Georgia’s transportation

infrastructure, the Georgia legislature passed

the Transportation Funding Act (TFA) in

2015 to provide sustainable support for local

roadway and bridge improvements and

several large-scale projects that will enhance

mobility for years to come.

Metro Atlanta is a wonderful place to live.

GDOT will continue to focus on expanding

mobility options, improving infrastructure

and enhancing the quality of life for all of our

residents.

Please visit us at http://www.dot.ga.gov/ for

more information about the ways GDOT is

helping Georgians keep moving.

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Catch a Ride on

By

Gwyn Herbein

You don’t have to live in Atlanta very long

before likely hearing the mantra, “MARTA...it’s

s’MARTA!” repeated several times. MARTA, which

stands for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit

Authority, a network of trains, shuttles and buses,

provides access to some of the metro area’s largest

businesses and busiest tourist attractions. From

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

to Centennial Olympic Park and the bustling

shopping districts of Buckhead and Perimeter Mall,

commuters have many ways to get from point A to

point B. With route expansions, station renovations

and technology integrations well underway,

MARTA and its leadership are working hard to

ensure that Atlanta—and its residents—keep

moving forward.

Where MARTA’s Been

In a city known for its urban sprawl and frustrating

gridlock traffic, residents appreciate having options

for getting where they need to go. As Atlanta and

its population began to grow in the middle of

the twentieth century, city officials recognized

the importance of public transportation. After

considering a variety of plans and proposals, in

1965 the state legislature passed the Metropolitan

Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act, which created

the system now known as MARTA, and it was

subsequently approved by four counties and the

City of Atlanta. The next several years were spent

consolidating a patchwork of existing systems as

well as securing land and voter approval to purchase

the Atlanta Transit System.

Know Before You Go

Train Hours:

Weekday 4:45 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Weekend 6:00 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Train Frequency:

Rush hours:

(6–9 a.m. and 3–7 p.m.)

10 minutes

Non-Rush Hour:

15 minutes apart

Nights & Weekends:

20 minutes.

Bus Hours:

Weekday 5:00 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Weekend 5:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Fare:

$2.50 (single trip)

For maps and additional

information, go to

www.itsmarta.com.

On June 30, 1979, the first MARTA train began

operating between the Avondale and Georgia State

stations. From there, service spread to the south, to

the Airport station, to the north, to Buckhead and

beyond, as well as to the east and west. New stations

continued opening

well into the beginning

of the 21st century,

with the addition of

Sandy Springs and

North Springs in 2000.

The hard work

and dedication of

city officials, MARTA

employees and

community members

has helped bolster a

system that Atlanta

can be proud of. Saba

Long, a spokeswoman

for MARTA, notes that

MARTA now has the

distinction of being the

ninth-largest transit

system in the country.

“MARTA serves millions

of Atlanta area residents

and visitors,” she notes.

“With direct connections

to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,

business districts, major tourist attractions and

historic neighborhoods, MARTA is a reliable, safe

transportation alternative.” Long also notes that

MARTA was the first transit system in the country

to adopt a stored value smartcard—known as the

Breeze card—as a mechanism for customers to

pay their fare. “Breeze cards can be purchased

and reloaded online or at any of MARTA’s 38 rail

stations,” she adds.

Where MARTA’s Going

Now a well-oiled network of trains, buses, parkand-ride

lots and other amenities, MARTA and

its leadership have their eyes focused on bringing

the system into the future. Through station

improvements and expansions, its “Ride With

Respect” initiative and technological upgrades,

MARTA is transforming itself into a system that

appeals to a wide range of Atlanta’s demographics.

First and foremost, MARTA leadership

understands that many of its customers rely on

their mobile devices every day to provide up-todate

information. “[Customers can] download

MARTA’s free ‘On the Go’ mobile app to find

scheduling information, real-time bus and rail

arrival information and service alerts for MARTA’s

four rail lines and 91 bus routes,” says Long. “By

developing and maintaining the mobile app inhouse,

MARTA is able to provide customers with

prompt updates to assist customers in trip planning.”

As a companion to its Ride With Respect campaign,

which encourages riders to be considerate of their

fellow passengers, the system also has a “See

Something, Say Something” app. “Just as you

would immediately report suspicious or improper

behavior in an airport, you should do the same when

using public transit,” says

Long. “Using the app

empowers customers

to anonymously report

suspicious behavior.

Thanks to the public’s

help and the diligence

of MARTA’s able police

force, MARTA ranks as

one of the safest transit

systems in the country.”

As the metro

area has expanded, the

system has been actively

investigating ways to be

more accessible to more

residents. It secured

its first jurisdictional

expansion in November

2014, when Clayton

County residents voted

to bring the authority

into the county. “In 2015,

MARTA began bus

service to Clayton County, connecting its residents

with Fulton, DeKalb and the City of Atlanta.

Within a decade, the Authority anticipates a highcapacity

transit project such as commuter rail or

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will open in Clayton,” says

Long of the expansion.

MARTA is also investigating the possibility of

future projects. “Among them [are] extending the

Red Line past Mansell Road, a Light Rail Transit

(LRT) project connecting Atlanta and the Clifton

Corridor and a high-capacity transit project along

I-20 East,” explains Long. “These projects will

exponentially increase the region’s transit access

and connect thousands of residents and visitors

to employment centers and neighborhoods.”

Long touts the importance of transit-oriented

development as a way to attract what the authority

refers to as lifestyle customers, or people who

intentionally incorporate transit into their daily

lives. As more and more companies relocate to

the metro area and development projects from

Ponce City Market in Midtown to Avalon in

Alpharetta attract millenials and other workers

to concentrated areas, transit becomes more

important. “Companies such as PulteGroup and

Bellsouth have intentionally moved their corporate

offices to Atlanta and specifically in close proximity

to MARTA rail stations,” says Long. “This is a clear

sign public perception towards MARTA and transit

is shifting in the metro Atlanta region.”

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Atlanta’s Economic Appeal

By Tom Croteau,

Deputy Commissioner, Global Commerce

Georgia Department of Economic Development

At the Georgia Department of Economic Development, our

main goal is to create quality jobs and investment opportunities

for the state. We do this through a very integrated and innovative

approach. We know that it is vital that Georgia remain an attractive

place for business across the board. This includes logistics and

infrastructure, innovation at our educational institutes, a skilled

workforce, and an exceptional quality of life.

For the last four years, Site Selection magazine has named

Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business.

This ranking has been a catalyst as we work to remain competitive

in the global marketplace. We continue to see companies from

all over the world choose Georgia, or existing industry expand

their footprint here. Companies who choose Georgia know they

can lower their cost of doing business, obtain access to top-talent

and a strong workforce and access the best resources to meet the

demands of their growing customer bases.

Georgia has had great economic development successes

throughout the entire state. Atlanta touts’ incredible connectivity

through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and is

also a great place to live, play and work. Many companies site

our ease of access to the world as a key component in choosing

Georgia. Did you know that you can reach 80 percent of the U.S.

market within a two-hour flight from Georgia?

All of these factors work together in attracting business to our state,

along with many other industry specific influences. For example,

one key component to the success of the financial technology

(FinTech) industry in our state is that two of the country’s

largest fiber routes (North/South and East/West) intersect in

metro Atlanta, along with major research lines Internet2 and

the National LambdaRail. Every major international and North

American fiber provider possesses a core interconnection point

in Atlanta – making our state the ideal location for innovative

FinTech companies to do business. Georgia is also one of the top

five access states for total fiber/bandwidth.

The result is a FinTech industry that has a huge presence in

Georgia. In fact, Georgia is home to six of the 10 largest U.S.

payment processing firms, and more than 60 percent of the

U.S. FinTech market. Incredibly, seventy percent of all financial

transactions in the U.S. are processed through Georgia-based

FinTech companies!

Today, Georgia FinTech companies generate annual revenue

of more than $72 billion, employ more than 300,000 people

and occupy around 8 million square feet of real estate. These

companies and others process more than118 billion transactions

per year representing more than $2 trillion of purchase volume

each year, supporting nearly four million merchants.

FinTech is just one industry that has roots in Atlanta, and an

influence state and nationwide.

The technology industry has also found a place to thrive in Atlanta.

Recently, Forbes named Atlanta one of 5 U.S. Cities Poised to

Become Tomorrow’s Tech Meccas and Realtor.com ranked

Atlanta the No. 2 ‘Next Top Tech Town.’ Both incredible wins

for our state. There are currently 17,000 technology companies

– representing an economic impact of $113.1 billion in Georgia.

Additionally, we have the fifth largest IT employment cluster in

U.S. with more than 200,000 high-tech professionals.

Technology has a significant impact on our daily lives, and as

society continues to evolve and become even more fast paced, we

must prepare a class of individuals who are able to work and meet

the demands of all industries. Colleges and universities in Georgia

provide growing businesses with a steady stream of talent. In fact,

in metro Atlanta, one-third of adults hold a four-year college

degree, well above the national average of 28 percent, providing a

concentration of intellectual capital for organizations of all sizes.

Our state boasts a robust talent pool from local institutions

including Emory University, Georgia Southern University,

Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, The University of

Georgia and Kennesaw State University. Businesses in Georgia

find a solid educational system that develops a well-prepared

workforce for tomorrow.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) also ensures

that companies have the skilled workers needed to build and

maintain a competitive edge. The 23 colleges that compose TCSG

offer affordable education and excellent training in more than

600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs,

helping Georgia students meet specialized knowledge and skills

that today’s companies need.

We must also attribute our economic development successes in

Atlanta, and beyond, to strong vision and leadership from the

state’s top advocate for economic development, Gov. Nathan

Deal. Since Deal took office in January 2011, we have announced

2,380 projects, $30.7 billion investment and 178,641 jobs, and

that number continues to grow. As I write this today, several more

companies are preparing to announce that they have chosen

Georgia for their next location and expansion.

Last but certainly not least, quality of life plays an incredible role

in fostering new business activity. People want to love where they

live, and enjoy what their region has to offer. Atlanta is not only a

great place for business, but also provides incredible opportunities

for family, relaxation and fun. Atlanta is home to incredible

restaurants, museums and cultural attractions.

Beyond the big city, the state’s diverse population, the blend of

city and country atmosphere, and the widely varying topography

all contribute to a unique lifestyle and array of experiences

unmatched by other states. Lifestyle, diversity and standard

of living are reasons Georgia continues to attract Fortune 500

companies, as well as the skilled, educated workforce those

businesses and others need to succeed.

The health of our state’s economy rests squarely on the shoulders

of each and every citizen. We all play a part in its economic

development. All companies in Georgia rely on logical locations,

attractive incentives, access to a high-quality workforce, and

partners at every level who understand their needs intimately.

Providing the best resources to support thriving companies who

choose to locate their business in Atlanta or any part of our state

will remain a top priority for us. For more information, please visit

www.Georgia.org.

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Atlanta’s Best

The 25 Top

Employers

No matter what your dreams, expertise or career plan,

Atlanta has a variety of jobs for everyone. Here are the

top ten employers in the metro area you should seek

out based on your talents.

1. Delta Air Lines; The busiest airport in the world

is supported with the largest workforce in Atlanta with

over 30,000 employees. The major American airline

has its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield–

Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Delta and its

subsidiaries operate over 5,400 flights daily and serve

an extensive domestic and international network

that includes 319 destinations in 54 countries on six

continents.

2. Emory University / Emory Healthcare; Emory,

one of the world’s leading research universities along

with the largest hospital system in Atlanta, employs

26,000. The private university attracts nearly 3,800

international students and scholars from more than

100 countries. The research healthcare system has

seven hospital locations in Atlanta and is nationally

ranked for quality among the top 10 percent of

academic medical centers in the U.S.

3. The Home Depot; Not your average “hardware

store”, The Home Depot employs 25,000 at their

corporate headquarters in Atlanta. They are the largest

home improvement retailer with more than 2,200

stores across North America. This year The Home Depot

was named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative

Companies for 2017 by Fast Company for its bold

e-commerce strategy and efforts to integrate digital

and in-store shopping experiences.

4. WellStar Health System; WellStar Health

System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known

nationally for its innovative care models focused on

improving quality and access to healthcare. Specialists

and primary care providers work in a multi-disciplinary

environment with 20,000 team members throughout

11 hospitals, 225 medical office locations, outpatient

centers, health parks, a pediatric center and nursing

centers. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continually

reinvests into the health of its communities through

new treatments, services and facilities.

5. AT&T; AT&T Midtown Center, a 47-story skyscraper

in Midtown Atlanta, is the regional headquarters for

the largest provider of fixed telephone services in the

U.S. and second largest provider of mobile telephone

services. 17,000 employees ranging from sales to

support work at the skyscraper and at a data center in

North Atlanta.

6. UPS (United Parcel Service); The UPS

headquarters complex in Sandy Springs and

shipping services at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson

Airport employs 16,000 employees. They are experts

in organization, specializing in air courier services

and delivery logistics. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson

Airport provides airport-to-airport services for global

coverage within one-to-three or three-to-five days.

7. Northside Hospital; Northside Hospital is one

of the fastest growing health care organizations in

the Southeast and currently employs nearly 15,000

employees in Atlanta including physicians, nurses,

allied health professionals, administrative and support

services personnel. In 2016, Forbes named Northside

Hospital to its list of America’s Best Employers in a

survey that polled U.S. employees across all industries.

8. Piedmont Healthcare; For over 100 years,

Piedmont Healthcare has been a leader in Atlanta

health services. Last year, a team of 12,900 Piedmont

employees served nearly two million patients -

performing over 44,000 surgeries, delivering 8,000

babies, providing 471,695 outpatient encounters,

completing 235 organ transplants and handling

nearly 250,000 emergency room visits.

9. Marriott International; Marriott International

employs over 12,000 Atlantans to assist with

hospitality, customer service and expertise in overnight

travel. Of the 94 Marriott hotels in Atlanta, the Marriott

Marquis is one of the top luxury hotels in Atlanta. The

hotel has an amazing atrium, marked by the 50-foot

color changing sail of Pulse cocktail lounge and floorto-ceiling

windows with amazing skyline views.

10. Publix Supermarkets; Nearly 10,000 work

at the Publix Super Markets in Atlanta and at the

divisional headquarters in Marietta. Publix corporate

has been named as one of Fortune’s “100 Best

Companies to Work For” from 1998–2017, earning

Publix recognition as one of the Great Place to Work

Legends. The large supermarket chain also has a

bakery manufacturing plant in Atlanta.

11. Georgia State University....................... 9,422

As the largest institution of higher education in the

University System of Georgia, Georgia State has

graduated more than 227,000 alumni with over

100,000 alumni living in the Atlanta area.

12. Center for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC)..................................... 9,151

The CDC, the leading national public health institute

for the US employs nearly 10,000 at the headquarters

location in Atlanta.

13. Cox Enterprises....................................... 8,269

Communications and automotive company Cox

Enterprises, Inc. is includes Cox Communications, Cox

Media Group and Cox Automotive.

14. Southern Company................................ 7,800

Southern Company provides the entire southeast

region with energy sources. The company is expanding

product offerings to provide energy that is clean, safe

and reliable across all gas and electric services.

15. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta......... 7,208

16. SunTrust Bank......................................... 7,128

SunTrust Bank, one of the nation’s largest and strongest

financial services companies, is headquartered in the

tallest building in downtown Atlanta.

17. State Farm Hub........................................ 7,000

State Farm’s insurance has large hubs in Atlanta,

Dallas, and Phoenix. The Atlanta location recently

built a new tower in Dunwoody and are developing a

corporate campus called Park Center.

18. Georgia Institute of Technology.......... 6,860

Leading technological university, Georgia Tech, has

more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary

research. GA Tech was ranked as the #7 best public

university with more than 21,500 undergraduate and

graduate students.

19. Grady Health System............................. 5,999

Grady as one of the nation’s best trauma centers- saving

people who’ve been severely hurt in car accidents,

industrial mishaps and other trauma incidents, 24/7.

20. Bank of America, Regional HQ............. 5,552

The regional headquarters for Bank of America is also

the tallest building in the Southeastern United States,

Bank of America Plaza is an iconic skyscraper between

Midtown and Downtown and is one of the most

recognized buildings in America.

21. Turner Broadcasting

System, Inc. (TBS).................................... 5,421

CNN, HLN, Boomerang, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim,

TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies are all assets of

Atlanta media conglomerate Turner. The company

started in 1970 with Ted Turner and has grown to

include Time Warner.

22. Lockheed Martin..................................... 5,400

Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest defense

contractor and for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet and

development of the F-35 Lightning II. The airlifter

C-130J Super Hercules is manufactured in Marietta,

GA.

23. Gwinnett Medical Center...................... 4,856

Not-for-profit Gwinnett Medical Center provides a

wide range of high-quality services and facilities to the

metro Atlanta area. In 2014, the system was recognized

by Georgia Trend as the top large hospital in the state.

24. Kennesaw State University.................. 4,813

Kennesaw State University, the third largest university

in the state, has been recently received an R3

classification for a doctoral institution with moderate

research activity. They have nearly 150 undergraduate,

masters and doctoral programs.

25. Verizon Communications Inc.

Regional HQ............................................. 4,349

As a technology leader in the South, Atlanta boasts

large communications companies like Verizon. The

company has set regional headquarters in Atlanta with

employees ranging in customer service specialists

to innovation center experts creating the latest in

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has over 100 years’

experience in pediatric care. They are ranked among

the nation’s top pediatric hospitals in the U.S. News &

World Report 2016-2017 edition of “Best Children’s

Hospitals.”

wireless products.

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Don’t 1 2

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Forget

to have

Top 10

Attractions

in Atlanta

FUN!

1. Center of Human Rights; The Center for Civil

and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging

cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights

Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements.

2. High Museum; With its renowned collection

of classic and contemporary art and award-winning

architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the

High Museum of Art has grown from its origins in a

stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading

art museum in the southeastern United States.

3. Georgia Aquarium; Georgia Aquarium is the world’s

most inspiring aquarium with over 8 million gallons of water

the top Atlanta attraction, right in the heart of downtown.

4. The College Football Hall of Fame; The College

Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience open in

downtown Atlanta provides visitors with a highly-immersive,

interactive, and engaging experience using a blend of historic

college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive

multimedia exhibits.

5. Stone Mountain Park; Located on 3,200 acres of

natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety

of fun family activities and things to do such as dozens of fun

annual events. Stone Mountain activities are suitable for all ages

6. World of Coke; The World of Coca-Cola is the only

place where you can experience the fascinating story of the

world’s best-known beverage brand in a dynamic, multimedia

attraction.

7. Fernbank Museum of Natural History; Only at

Fernbank Museum can you come face-to-face with the world’s

largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth

through the landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with

cultures from around the globe, engage in a variety of handson

and special exhibitions including an incredible 5-story

experience of an IMAX® film.

8. Atlanta Botanical Garden; The Atlanta Botanical

Garden is a 30 acres botanical garden located Midtown,

incorporated in 1976, the garden’s mission is to “develop

and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display,

education, conservation, research and enjoyment.”

9. Six Flags Over Georgia; The park boasts 13 heartpounding

roller coasters headlined by the hyper-coaster Goliath,

ranked as one of the top coasters in the world and Dare Devil

Dive, a beyond-vertical coaster that sends you soaring through

three inversions. Cool off on Thunder River, a wild rafting

adventure or splash around at Paradise Island, a towering water

play structure with hundreds of water elements.

10. Legoland Discovery Center; There are many great

family indoor attractions including 2 rides, 10 Lego build &

play zones, a 4D cinema a toddler time, and a café.

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Atlanta Education 101

By Gwyn Herbein

When moving to a new city, or even just changing neighborhoods,

parents want to know what the schools are like. Metro Atlanta boasts a

wide range of options, from public schools to charters and a wide range

of independent institutions that are committed to preparing students

for college, careers and beyond. Determining the best choice for your

family can be overwhelming, so do your homework and research

additional information and resources, visit the Georgia Department of

Education’s website (doe.k12.ga.us).

Before even looking at schools, consider the qualities that make your

child special. Some children need structure, while others thrive in

smaller settings. The Metro area has many schools to choose from –

public, charter, magnet, private, Montessori, faith-based and special

area-focused

Success in public schools

The metro Atlanta area’s 33 public school districts align the state’s

educational standards with those of other districts across the country.

Over the past four years, the state has worked to implement 31

different projects, from revised testing procedures to new methods of

teacher evaluations, proposed under the federal Race to the Top grants.

Additionally, the entire high school curriculum has recently been

updated to better meet college and career standards. These efforts,

plus many more, are paying off: For the sixth straight year, Georgia’s

2017 high school graduation rate rose significantly, from 72.5 percent

in 2014 to 80.6 percent in 2017.

Under the leadership of State Superintendent Richard Woods, who

took office in 2015, parents can be sure the reforms and improvements

will keep coming. Schools across the metro area have much to be proud

of these days. Thirty-three schools in Atlanta Public Schools showed

gains on the state’s latest College and Career Ready Performance

Index (CCRPI) results for 2016. Last year, ten area schools—a mix of

public, charter, magnet and independent schools—were awarded the

prestigious “National Blue Ribbon Award,” a distinction given each year

by the U.S. Department of Education to schools working to close the

achievement gap among their students.

Charter schools are another good option for those seeking public

education. Operating under the terms of a charter, these schools are

not required to adhere to the same rules as other public schools,

but are held to a higher standard of accountability when it comes to

student achievement. For more information and a list of schools in the

area, visit gacharters.org.

Explore other options

For some students, educational success may come from smaller

classes, a curriculum focused on a specific career path or other nontraditional

options. When investigating whether an independent school

environment might be a good fit, it is important to consider the mission

of each school to ensure it aligns with your family’s needs. The metro

area is home to a wide range of options, from single-gender programs

to boarding schools, and many schools use rolling admissions, which

gives relocating families more flexibility during the application process.

The Southern Association of Independent Schools (sais.org) can help

narrow down your search of schools.

Atlanta City Public Schools (404) 802-3500, atlanta.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 19 Charter, 50 Elementary Schools, 11 Middle

Schools, 11 High Schools, and 8 Other.

Barrow County Public Schools (770) 867-4527, barrow.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 9 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle Schools,

2 High Schools, and 3 Programs.

Bartow County Public Schools (770) 606-5800, bartow.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 12 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle Schools, 4 High

Schools and 1 Other.

Buford City Public Schools (770) 945-5035, bufordcityschools.org

Number of schools: 1 Elementary School, 1 Middle School, 1 High

School, and 1 Other.

Cherokee County Public Schools (770) 479-1871, www.cherokee.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 1 Charter, 24 Elementary Schools, 7 Middle

Schools, 6 High Schools, and 5 Other.

Clayton County Public Schools (770) 473-2706, clayton.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 35 Elementary Schools, 16 Middle Schools,

11 High Schools, and 3 Other.

Cobb County Public Schools (770) 426-3300, www.cobb.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 67 Elementary Schools, 25 Middle Schools, 16 High

Schools, and 12 Special Programs.

Dekalb County Public Schools (678) 676-1200, dekalb.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 9 Charter, 76 Elementary Schools, 19 Middle

Schools, 22 High Schools, and 11 Other.

Douglas County Public Schools (770) 651-2000, douglas.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 20 Elementary Schools, 8 Middle Schools,

5 High Schools, and 3 Other.

Fayette County Public Schools (770) 460-3535, fcboe.org

Number of schools: 14 Elementary Schools, 5 Middle Schools,

5 High Schools, and 2 Other.

Forsyth County Public Schools (770) 887-2461, forsyth.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 21 Elementary Schools, 10 Middle Schools,

5 High Schools, and 1 Other.

Fulton County Public Schools (404) 768-3600, fultonschools.org

Number of schools: 10 Charter, 59 Elementary Schools, 19 Middle

Schools, 18 High Schools, and 5 Other.

Gainesville City Public Schools (770) 536-5275, gcssk12.net

Number of schools: 6 Elementary, 1 Middle, and 1 High School.

Gwinnett County Public Schools (678) 301-6000, gwinnett.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 80 Elementary Schools, 29 Middle Schools, 21

High Schools, and 12 Other.

Hall County Public Schools (770) 534-1080, hallco.org

Number of schools: 2 Charter, 20 Elementary Schools, 8 Middle

Schools, and 7 High Schools.

Marietta City Schools (770) 422-3500, marietta-city.org

Number of schools: 1 Charter, 7 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle

Schools, and 1 High School.

Rockdale Public Schools (770) 483-4713 rockdaleschools.org

Number of schools: 11 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle Schools,

3 High Schools, and 4 Other.

Walton County Public Schools (770) 266-4520 walton.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 9 Elementary Schools, 3 Middle Schools, and

3 High Schools.

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NAME & ENROLLMENT

Atlanta Girls School

Grades: 6-12 Enrollment: 233 Year: 2000

Atlanta International School

Grades: K-12 Enrollments: 1,201 Year: 1984

Ben Franklin Academy

Grades: 10-12 Enrollment: 110 Year: 1987

Cherokee Christian School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 400 Year: 1986

Fellowship Christian Academy

Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 809 Year: 1986

Galloway School

Grades: PK-I 2 Enrollment: 747 Year: 1969

George Walton Academy

Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 900 Year: 1969

Greater Atlanta Christian School

Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 1,760 Year: 1969

High Meadows School

Grades: PreK-8 Enrollment: 390 Year: 1973

Holy Innocents Episcopal School

Grades: PK3-12 Enrollment: 1,411 Year: 1959

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 600 Year: 1996

King’s Ridge Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 855 Year: 2001

Lakeview Academy

Grades: K3-12 Enrollment: 600 Year: 1970

Landmark Christian School

Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 837 Year: 1989

The Lovett School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 1,645 Year: 1926

Marist School

Grades: 7-12 Enrollment: 1,095 Year: 1901

Mill Springs Academy

Grades: 1-12 Enrollment: 300 Year: 1981

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

Grades: JK-8 Enrollment: 560 Year: 1998

Mt. Paran Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 1,215 Year: 1976

Mount Pisgah Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 680 Year 1986

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 900 Year: 1972

North Cobb Christian School

Grades: PreK-12 Enrollment: 900 Year: 1926

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 436 Year: 1951

Pace Academy

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1,105 Year: 1958

The Paideia School

Grades: K-12th Enrollment: 875 Year: 1971

Providence Christian Academy

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 753 Year: 1991

St. Joseph Catholic School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 500 Year: 1953

St. Martin’s Episcopal School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 645 Year: 1959

Trinity School

Grades: PK-6 Enrollment: 640 Year: 1951

The Walker School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 1,347 Year: 1957

Wesleyan School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1,122 Year: 1963

The Westminster Schools

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 1,804 Year: 1951

Whitefield Academy

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 800 Year: 1997

Woodward Academy

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 2,700 Year: 1900

CONTACT INFORMATION

404-845-0900 3254 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 atlantagirlsschool.org

404-841-3840 2890 N Fulton Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 aischool.org

404-633-7404 1585 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 benfranklinacademy.org

678-494-5464 3075 Trickum Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188 cherokeechristian.org

770-992-4975 480 Crossville Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 fellowshipchristianschool.org

404-252-8389 215 West Weuca Rd, NW, Atlanta, GA 30342 gallowayschool.org

770-267-7578 1 Bulldog Dr, Monroe, GA 30655 gwa.com

770-243-2000 1575 Indian Trail Rd, Norcross, GA 30093 greateratlantachristian.org

770-993-2940 1055 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 highmeadows.org

404-255-4026 Preschool: 4465 Northside Dr, Atlanta, GA 30327 hies.org

404-255-0900 Lower School: 4820 Long Island Dr, Atlanta, GA 30342

Upper School: 4449 Northside Dr, Atlanta, GA 30327

holyspiritprep.com

770-754-5738 2765 Bethany Bend, Alpharetta, GA 30004 kingsridgecs.org

770-532-4383 796 Lakeview Dr NE, Gainesville, GA 30501 lakeviewacademy.com

770-306-0647 50 East Broad St, Fairburn, GA 30213 landmarkchristianschool.org

404-262-3032 4075 Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 lovett.org

770-457-7201 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 marist.com

770-360-1336 13660 New Providence Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004 millsprings.org

770-971-0245 JK-8: 4385 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068

9-12: 2509 Post Oak Tritt Rd, Marietta, GA 30062 mtbethelchristian.org

770-578-0182 1275 Stanley Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30152 mtparanschool.com

678-336-3443 9820 Nesbit Ferry Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022 experiencepisgah.org

404-252-3448 471 Mt. Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328 mountvernonschool.corn

770-975-0252 4500 Lakeview Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30144 ncchristian.org

404-364-1902 1320 Hearst Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 olaschool.org

404-262-1345 966 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327 paceacademy.org

404-377-3491 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 paideiaschool.org

770-279-7200 4575 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA 30047 providencechristianacademy.org

770-428-3328 81 Lacy St, Marietta, GA 30060 stjosephschool.org

404-237-4260 3110-A Ashford-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319 stmartinschool.org

404-231-8100 4301 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30327 trinityatl.org

770-427-2689 Main Campus: 700 Cobb Parkway N, Marietta, GA 30062

Primary School: 830 Damar Rd, Marietta, GA 30062

thewalkerschool.org

770-448-7640 5405 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 wesleyanschool.org

770-355-8673 1424 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327 westminster.net

678-305-3000 One Whitfield Dr, Mableton, GA 30126 whitefieldacademy.com

404-765-4001 1662 Rugby Ave, College Park, GA 30337 woodward.edu

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Private School Profiles

Woodward Academy

woodward.edu (404) 765-4000

Woodward Academy is celebrating its second century of fostering excellence,

character, and opportunity. With 2,700 students, Woodward is the largest

independent school in the continental U.S. and spans two campuses on

133 acres in metro Atlanta. The main campus (pre-K–12) is 11 miles from

downtown Atlanta, and the north campus (pre-K–6) is in Johns Creek on a 33-

acre wooded campus. Woodward offers a full range of college-preparatory

instructional tracks including 25 AP courses as well as a Transition Program

for students with mild learning challenges in grades two through eight.

Because of the Woodward experience, students are more confident

and well-prepared for today’s evolving world. A typical graduating class

attends more than 100 different colleges and universities, devotes 5,000

hours to community service projects, and earns more than $13.5 million in

scholarship awards.

Visit www.woodward.edu and Discover the Woodward Difference today.

For more information, call 404-765-4001.

High Meadows (PreK-8)

highmeadows.org (770) 993-2940

Founded in 1973, High Meadows occupies a 40-acre campus in the heart

of Roswell. Student enrollment is approximately 400, and the school is an

International Baccalaureate World School and is also accredited by SACS and

the Southern Association of Independent Schools. High Meadows engages

students in an inquiry-based approach to learning, so that they develop a

strong sense of personal responsibility and respect for other perspectives.

Almost all of High Meadows’ students go on to attend the independent high

school of their choice.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

mtbethelchristian.org (770) 971-0245

Founded in 1998, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy has provided a rigorous

college-preparatory program in an environment that builds confidence and

character in their students. What sets Mt. Bethel apart is uncomplicated

and uncommon - an expert and seasoned faculty who excel at nurturing

each child to their fullest potential in an environment of Christian love

and acceptance.

The Academy has earned a remarkable reputation for uncompromising

academic standards. The challenging curriculum extends beyond the basic

core subjects and includes courses in Latin, Spanish, logic, technology,

yearbook, art, music, band, chorus, and Bible/apologetics. Middle school

classes include an advanced math track and advanced history.

Classes are small by design with servant leadership development

beginning in Kindergarten and a one-to-one MacBook laptop program

beginning in fifth grade. The championship athletic program includes

volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and

cheerleading.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy holds a dual accreditation with the

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association

of Independent Schools (SACS/SAIS). For more information, contact

Jackie Grasty, Director of Admission, at 770-971-0245 or jackie.grasty@

mtbethelchristian.org.

Whitefield Academy

whitefieldacademy.com (678) 305-3000

Whitefield Academy is a Christ-centered, PreK4 through 12th college

preparatory school located on a beautiful 100-acre campus in the Smyrna/

Vinings area. Whitefield provides students with a rigorous academic

curriculum, including 31 AP and Honors courses. The school offers a wellrounded

extracurricular program with 14 after-school programs in the

Lower School, 39 clubs and organizations, and 53 athletic teams. Whitefield

has earned five athletic state championships and multiple athletic region

championships. It has an award-winning arts program with multiple

Scholastic Arts winners, regional One-Act play awards and musical ensembles

which entertain across the state. Each year, Whitefield graduates are offered

millions in scholarships and grants, and are admitted to acclaimed colleges

and universities across the United States such as Columbia University,

Dartmouth College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University,

Princeton University, and Washington and Lee University.

Come feel the difference at an upcoming open house

LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Main Campus (JK-8)

4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 10 a.m.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – 10 a.m.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 – 10 a.m.

UPPER SCHOOL

North Campus (9-12)

2509 Post Oak Tritt Road, Marietta, GA

Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 9 a.m.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 9 a.m.

www.MtBethelChristian.org • 770-971-0245 • /MBCAEagles

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Atlanta has an active student population as a leading city in the United

States for higher education. There are 22 higher education institutions

in the Atlanta area, offering a wide variety of degrees in areas such

as medicine and technology. Following is information about the main

higher education institutions in the Atlanta area

Agnes Scott College offers 34 undergraduate majors and 31 minors and is

affiliated with numerous institutions, including Georgia Institute of Technology

and Emory University School of Nursing. Agnes Scott College, founded in

1889, is an independent national liberal arts college for women. It sits on

100 acres shaded with some of the state’s oldest trees in Decatur, a city that

lies six miles from the center of Atlanta. MARTA (Atlanta’s rapid transit) stops

three blocks from campus.

The Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUC Consortium) is the largest

contiguous consortium of African Americans in higher education in the United

States. The center consists of four historically black colleges and universities

(HBCUs) in southwest Atlanta. The institutions included in this consortium

are Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the

Morehouse School of Medicine. The consortium structure allows for students

to cross-register at the other institutions in order to attain a broader collegiate

experience. They also share the Robert W. Woodruff Library, a Dual Degree

Engineering Program, and Career Planning and Placement Services.

Clayton State University is a four-year public university located in Morrow,

Georgia, about 15 miles from Atlanta. Clayton State’s roughly 7,000 students

can choose from eight master’s degree programs and 40 baccalaureate

majors offered through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Health,

and Information and Mathematical Sciences, as well as the School of

Graduate Studies. Clayton State was the third public institution that required

every student to have access to a notebook computer, making it one of the

“Notebook Universities.” The Clayton State Lakers field 12 intercollegiate

sports and compete in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference (PBC); their

women’s basketball team holds a NCAA Division II National Championship.

Emory University - U.S. News and World Report, in its 2016 rankings of the

best colleges and universities in the United States, placed Emory 21st in the

national university rankings. Emory’s main campus is located in the Druid Hills

section of unincorporated DeKalb County. The university has nearly 3,000

faculty members; awards and honors recognizing Emory faculty include the

Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities Medal, Guggenheim

Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and membership in the American Academy

of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Emory is home to

7,656 undergraduates and 6,580 graduate and professional students (Fall

2012).

Georgia Piedmont Technical College established in 1961, is one of the

oldest and respected of Georgia’s 33 technical colleges. Students have the

opportunity to attend classes at one of two campuses and five centers

conveniently located throughout the metro area. In 2010, the College served

24,590 students and conferred 1,118 awards to graduates earning associate

degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Graduates have a 99

percent job placement rate with 69 percent graduate placement in jobs in or

related to their program of study or in further education.

Georgia State University Founded in 1913 it offers dozens of nationally ranked

and recognized academic programs. They merged with Georgia Perimeter

College in 2016 and are now one of the nation’s largest universities. It is

among the top 100 public universities for doctoral degrees awarded. More

than 250 degree programs with 100 fields of study are offered at the

bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral levels. Students may enroll in

day or evening classes and in part-time or full-time study. GSU has over 60,000

undergraduate and graduate students with over 200 majors and minors.

Schools and Colleges: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Byrdine F.

Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences,

College of Education and Human Development, College of Law, Honors

College, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Perimeter College, School of

Public Health.

Georgia Tech - The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s

top research universities. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered

through the Institute’s six colleges: Architecture, Computing, Engineering,

Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal

Arts. Georgia Tech is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s top

ten public universities in the United States. There are nearly 1,000 full-time

instructional faculty and more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate

students. It is a part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite

campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shanghai,

China; and Singapore. Georgia Tech is consistently the only technological

university ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s listing of America’s top ten

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public universities. In addition, the College of Engineering is consistently

ranked in the nation’s top five by U.S. News.

Kennesaw State University known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense

of community, has been a four-year institution accredited by the Southern

Association of Colleges and Schools since 1976. Located just northwest of

Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, KSU offers campuses

in Marietta and Kennesaw. It is the third-largest university in Georgia, with

more than 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students, representing 132

countries. In January of 2015, the Board of Regents of the University System

of Georgia approved the consolidation of Kennesaw and Southern Polytechnic

Universities, one of the state’s leading educators in the fields of technology

and engineering.

The new Kennesaw State University combines the best from two of

Georgia’s most well-respected institutions in higher education, offering

students a broad range of quality academics, as well as a growing campus

life and athletic programs. With more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and

doctoral degree programs in business, engineering, architecture, nursing,

teaching, math and science programs, graduates of KSU enter the job market

prepared for careers as wide-ranging as international conflict management to

podiatry. KSU’s nursing program is the largest in the state and has the medical

community seeking its graduates. Their College of Continuing Education offers

more than 2,500 courses and hosts nearly 50,000 people attending meetings

or conferences annually in the KSU Center.

Being recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top

universities in the region, the new Kennesaw State University is positioned

to become one of Georgia’s world-class comprehensive higher education

institutions.

Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions

of higher learning, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate

liberal arts to doctoral-level degrees. With more than 8,300 students enrolled

in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah, and

at four Regional Academic Centers around the state, Mercer is consistently

ranked among the nation’s leading institutions by such publications as U.S.

News & World Report and the Princeton Review. Colleges & Schools are:

Liberal Arts Business & Economics Engineering, Education Music Continuing

& Professional Studies, Law Theology Medicine, Pharmacy Nursing Health

Professions, Evening, Weekend & Online Programs

Oglethorpe University Consistently listed among the best colleges in the

Princeton Review and Forbes and has been named to the President’s Higher

Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2006. Oglethorpe is located

on a beautiful, self-contained Gothic campus near Atlanta’s Buckhead

neighborhood. The school offers small, personal classes in academically

rigorous programs (including an individually planned major, which presents

nearly endless options); partnerships with 20 Atlanta colleges and universities,

including Emory, Georgia Tech and SCAD; a graduate program in education;

and signature programs such as Urban Ecology, Rich Urban Leadership

Program, the Honors Program, the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art,

and Georgia Shakespeare, the campus’s professional theatre-in-residence.

Scholar-athletes participate in 16 varsity sports, including recently added

teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse, and is a member of the NCAA Division

III Southern Athletic Association

University of Georgia has seen its academic reputation and enrollment

continue to rise markedly since Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship program was

started in 1993. The average SAT for students entering University of Georgia in

2012 was 1915 out of 2400 and the average GPA was 3.88.The national college

rankings place UGA among the top 20 of all public universities in America

and a top 10 best value. Their primary campus is located on 759-acres. The

university offers over 140 degree programs in a wide array of disciplines

spread across multiple campuses. The University of Georgia is organized into

eighteen schools and colleges. The university has three main campuses; the

largest one is the main campus in Athens, Georgia and the two others are

located in Tifton, Georgia and Griffin, Georgia. The University of Georgia also

has two satellite campuses located in Atlanta and Lawrenceville. Enrollment

is 26,151 undergraduate, 6600 graduate students, and 1600 professional

students

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Metro Atlanta

Health

Care

The medical expertise in metropolitan Atlanta is a reflection

of the city’s growth and leadership in innovation. Atlanta

hospital systems bring with them the top medical specialists,

giving residents access to virtually any treatment they need.

Whether treatment is an annual physical or neurosurgery,

Atlanta’s hospitals have the latest technology.

Atlanta’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the top

pediatric hospitals in the country. Emory Healthcare Network

is the #1 hospital in Georgia, putting cutting-edge intervention

research and technology into lifesaving action. Saint Joseph’s

is recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in

the Southeast and ranked the number two hospital in both

Georgia and metro Atlanta in U.S. News & World Report’s

2016-17 Best Hospitals Guide. Piedmont Atlanta consistently

ranks in the top five among metro Atlanta hospitals in patient

satisfaction scores. In downtown Atlanta, Grady Memorial

Hospital is renowned for its trauma and emergency services.

Finally, the Shepherd Center is ranked among the top

rehabilitation hospitals for those with spinal cord and brain

injuries.

WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

303 Parkway Dr. NE, Atlanta wellstar.org

Main Campus (404) 265-4000

South Campus (404) 466-1170

WellStar Atlanta Medical Center is a designated Level I Trauma

Center and is nationally recognized in cardiology, advanced

surgery, neurology, and many other areas. The center began

its service to the Atlanta community in 1901 as the Georgia

Baptist Hopsital and is now a 460-bed facility sprawled across

two city blocks. Services provided at WellStar Atlanta Medical

Center include a 30-bed neonatal intensive care unit; the

Atlanta Cancer Center; the Atlanta Rehabilitation Center; three

medical office buildings; the Wellness Center; the Graduate

Medical Education Program, and areas of medical excellence

that provide care in advanced surgery, cardiology, oncology,

neurology, women’s health, orthopedics, and trauma.

Atlanta VA Medical Center

1670 Clairmont Rd, Decatur atlanta.va.gov

(404) 321-6111

Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) is a state-of-the-art

teaching hospital that provides a full scope of patient care

services for United States veterans. Located on 26 acres in

Decatur, the Atlanta VAMC is one of eight medical centers

in the VA Southeast Network. It operates eight communitybased

outpatient clinics in the following Atlanta communities:

Blairsville, Carrollton Clinic/Community Living Center, Decatur

East Point, Lawrenceville, Newnan, NE GA/Oakwood, Austell,

and Stockbridge.

Atlanta VAMC is primarily affiliated with the Emory University

School of Medicine and teamed with Morehouse School of

Medicine in establishing the East Point Clinic, which provides

comprehensive primary and outpatient mental healthcare

services.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

choa.org

Atlanta’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the top

pediatric hospitals in the country. Emory Healthcare is the

#1 hospital in Georgia, putting cutting-edge intervention

research and technology into lifesaving action. Saint Joseph’s is

recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the

Southeast and is top five percent in the nation for cardiac and

vascular programs. DeKalb Medical was Georgia’s first hospital

to earn the “Baby-Friendly” designation. Piedmont Atlanta

consistently ranks in the top five among metro Atlanta hospitals

in patient satisfaction scores. In downtown Atlanta, Grady

Memorial Hospital is renowned for its trauma and emergency

services. Finally, the Shepherd Center is ranked among the top

rehabilitation hospitals for those with spinal cord and brain

injuries.

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Children’s Healthcare

of Atlanta as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country.

The hospital is a not-for-profit organization, and is committed

to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient

care, research, and education. Children’s is the pediatric

physician teaching site for both Emory University School of

Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine, providing

education on more than 30 pediatric specialties. Children’s

treats more than 400 new cancer patients each year and has

one of the highest volume pediatric heart centers in the country.

Whether treating an injured toddler in an emergency or

supporting a teen through chemotherapy treatments, Children’s

offers family-centered care while providing specialized ageappropriate

medical procedures, supplies, and support for

children. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support,

Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia,

the United States, and throughout the world.

Egleston Hospital

1405 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta 404-785-KIDS (5437)

Hughes Spalding Hospital

35 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE, Atlanta 404-785-KIDS (5437)

Scottish Rite Hospital

1001 Johnson Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta 404-785-KIDS (5437)

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DeKalb Medical

2701 N Decatur Rd, Decatur dekalbmedical.org

(404) 501-1000

DeKalb Medical is a not-for-profit health system that consists

of three hospital campuses throughout greater Atlanta. With

more than 750 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, DeKalb

Medical combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to

effectively diagnose and treat its patients. A leader in cancer,

heart attack treatment, and orthopedics, DeKalb Medical

System and DeKalb Medical Physicians Group has been growing

with metropolitan Atlanta’s medical needs since 1961.

More than just a provider of hospital services, DeKalb Medical

has led the Atlanta health community in the new era of

electronic medical records, which puts information at doctors’

fingertips to help improve patient safety and outcomes. The

627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (591

beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown

Decatur (40 beds), and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds).

Committed to excelling in patient satisfaction and service,

DeKalb Medical’s quality is reflected in many clinical excellence

awards throughout its system, including being ranked in the

Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by Health

Grades® (2011).

Emory Johns Creek Hospital emoryhealthcare.org/johnscreek

6325 Hospital Parkway Johns Creek, 30097 678-474-7000

Emory Johns Creek Hospital is a 110-bed acute-care facility

located in the heart of Johns Creek. As part of the Emory

Healthcare Network, we’re committed to providing Johns Creek

and surrounding communities with academic and research

based medicine, close to home. Our team includes more

than 800 employees, 328 Emory faculty, 386 private practice

physicians and 42 Emory Specialty Associate physicians, along

with more than 150 volunteers. We offer a comprehensive range

of services including: emergency medicine, a birth center with

Level III neonatal intensive care, adult intensive care, Winship

Cancer Institute of Emory University, an infusion center, breast

imaging with 3-D digital mammography, a certified bariatric

center, advanced cardiac and stroke care, vascular care, sleep

medicine, rehabilitation, surgical services, gastroenterology,

pain center and a wound care center.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta (678) 843-7001

5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta

emoryhealthcare.org/locations/#

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital was founded by the Sisters of

Mercy in 1880, and is Atlanta’s longest serving hospital. The

410-bed acute-care hospital is recognized as one of the leading

specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast.

Noted especially for cardiac care, Emory Saint Joseph’s provides

training to physicians from around the world in robotic

surgery for valve repair and is a primary location for cardiac

rehabilitation.

The hospital is also noted for neurologic, vascular,

gastrointestinal, respiratory, and orthopaedic care, among

other specialties, and is ranked among the top 25 hospitals

nationally for joint replacement by the Centers for Medicare

and Medicaid Services. Emory Saint Joseph’s is a designated

location of the Winship Cancer Institute, Georgia’s first and only

comprehensive National Cancer Institute-designated cancer

center.

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Emory Saint Joseph’s is the first community hospital in the world

to earn a fifth consecutive Magnet designation for nursing

excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The

hospital is a member of Emory Healthcare, the largest, most

comprehensive health system in Georgia.

Emory Saint Joseph’s medical staff is comprised of more than

900 physicians and 1,800 staff employees, and the hospital

accommodates more than 120,000 patient visits annually.

For more information, please visit www.emoryhealthcare.org/

saint-josephs-hospital-atlanta/index.html.

Emory University Hospital emoryhealthcare.org/locations/#

1364 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, (404) 712-2000

Midtown 550 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, (404) 686-4411

Recognized as the #1 hospital in Georgia, Emory Healthcare

has been at the forefront of medicine, putting cutting-edge

intervention research and technology into lifesaving action.

As the largest, most comprehensive healthcare system in

Georgia, Emory Healthcare has 1,830 licensed patient beds,

9,000 employees, and more than 20 health centers located

throughout metro Atlanta. It is one of the nation’s leaders in

cardiology and cardiac surgery, oncology, transplantation,

ophthalmology, orthopedics, and the neurosciences. Emory

University Hospital, Emory Healthcare’s flagship facility, is

staffed exclusively by physicians who are faculty of the Emory

University School of Medicine.

Emory Healthcare is the clinical arm of the Robert W. Woodruff

Health Sciences Center of Emory University, which focuses

on patient care, education of health professionals, research

addressing health and illness, and health policies for prevention

and treatment of disease. The backbone of this system is the

Emory University School of Medicine, which has been at the

forefront of medical knowledge and research, pioneering many

advances and procedures that have changed medical history.

Grady Memorial Hospital

gradyhealth.org

80 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE, Atlanta (404) 616-1000

Opened in 1892, Grady Health System is renowned for its

trauma and emergency services. As the premier Level I Trauma

Center within 100 miles of metropolitan Atlanta, Grady is

capable of handling severe medical conditions such as asthma,

severe burns, sickle cell, and stroke. In addition to both care

and intensive care units (ICU), Grady has a neonatal ICU and

houses Georgia’s Poison Center and 24-hour rape crisis and

advice nurse lines. Its Ponce de Leon Center was named one of

the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.

Grady is an internationally recognized teaching hospital

staffed exclusively by doctors from the Emory University and

Morehouse Schools of Medicine. 25 percent of all doctors

practicing medicine in Georgia received some or all of their

training at Grady.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital

wellstar.org

3000 Hospital Blvd, Roswell (770) 751-2500

WellStar North Fulton Hospital is a 202-bed acute-care hospital

and is a state designated Level II Trauma Center. Located

between Roswell and Alpharetta in North Fulton County, it was

established in 1983 and has been meeting the medical and

healthcare needs of residents of North Fulton, Forsyth, East

Cobb, East Cherokee, and West Gwinnett counties for more

than 30 years. The hospital has a medical staff of more than

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400 affiliated physicians, employs an additional 900 healthcare

professionals, and has an active volunteer staff of more than

200.

NFH provides a continuum of services through its centers and

programs including neurosciences, women’s health services,

orthopedics, rehabilitation, surgical services, gastroenterology,

and oncology. The hospital is fully accredited and is also

recognized by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission

on Cancer as an Accredited Cancer Program, as well as being

certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission

on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s

oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

Northside Hospital

northside.com

1000 Johnson Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta (404) 851-8000

Northside Hospital is one of the most respected and fastest

growing health care organizations in the Southeast and is

committed to balancing clinical excellence with compassionate

care. Northside leads the U.S. in newborn deliveries, diagnoses

and treats the most cancer cases in Georgia, and is among

the state’s top providers of surgical services. More than 2,500

physicians and 15,000 employees serve 2.5 million patient visits

each year.

Piedmont Hospital

piedmonthospital.org

1968 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta (404) 605-5000

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital has been serving the people of

Atlanta for more than 100 years and offers a broad spectrum of

surgical, medical, and diagnostic services. Piedmont Hospital is a

private, not-for-profit, acute-care, tertiary facility offering most

major medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. The facility has

488 beds, all-private rooms, 4,000 employees, and a medical

staff of more than 1,000 board-certified physicians. Its main

campus is conveniently located on 26 acres in the Buckhead

neighborhood of Atlanta, with facilities across the metro area.

Piedmont Hospital is part of Piedmont Healthcare (PHC),

a not-for-profit organization that also includes Piedmont

Fayette Hospital, a 157-bed, acute care community hospital

in Fayetteville and one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation;

Piedmont Newnan Hospital, a 136-bed, acute-care community

hospital in Newnan; and Piedmont Henry Hospital, a 215-bed

acute-care community hospital in Stockbridge.

Shepherd Center

shepherd.org

2020 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta (404) 352-2020

Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing

in medical treatment, research, and rehabilitation for people

with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis,

chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded

in 1975, Shepherd Center, which is a 152-bed rehabilitation

facility, including a 10-bed intensive care unit, is ranked by

U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation

hospitals in the nation. Last year, Shepherd had 965 admissions

to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In

addition, Shepherd sees more than 6,600 people annually on an

outpatient basis.

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• Newsweek magazine’s Top High Schools in America report, within Georgia, Northview High School ranks #1 and Chattahoochee High School ranks #3.

• U.S. News and World Report’s Top High Schools in the U.S. All three high schools within Johns Creek rank in top 300 nationally. Within the state

of Georgia, Northview High School ranks #8, Johns Creek high school ranks #11, and Chattahoochee High School ranks #12.

• In 2017, the City of Johns Creek received a Aaa credit rating (Moody’s Investor Service) and AAA credit rating (Standard & Poors (S&P) Global Ratings).

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Senior Living

in Atlanta

By Gwyn Herbein

Relocation can happen to anyone, at any time, for any reason. Maybe

your dream job just opened up in another state, or you want to be

closer to your extended family. Whatever the reason, there are often

other considerations that have to be made beyond what neighborhood

to live in and where to send the kids to school. Members of the socalled

“sandwich generation”—which refers to those who are caring for

or supporting both their older parents and their children—are having to

strike a delicate balance. In 2013, the Pew Research Center found that

47 percent of adults in the 40s and 50s have both a parent age 65 and

older and are either raising a young family or financially supporting a

child over the age of 18.

Relocation can often mean finding a suitable place for an aging

parent to live, or planning for the “what ifs” if a person’s health or

ability to live independently changes. Companies like Arbor, Brookdale,

Peregrine, Insignia and others operate facilities and resources to help

families find the best fit for their loved ones.

Beginning the process

Today’s senior living facilities go to great lengths to understand the

needs of their residents, which goes far beyond their medical history

and current medications list. “Our [sales people are] trained in how

to discover who the person is, what is this legacy and life story of the

individual who is coming to us,” explains Shirley Paulk, R.N., senior vice

president of sales and marketing at the Arbor Company. The company

operates nine facilities in Georgia, including several in the metro Atlanta

area like Decatur, East Cobb, Alpharetta and Johns Creek. “It’s not one

size fits all; it’s a very customized approach we have for each individual,”

says Paulk. That could mean an adult child coming with their parent,

or an older couple who may be beginning to realize they are no longer

comfortable living alone in their home. After the initial consultation,

Arbor’s senior care counselors make home visits to further understand

the personal priorities of the resident and what material items they

may want to bring with them to help preserve their memories even

while they make new ones. “Our job is to help people see it’s just a

bend in the road, a new intersection, rather than the end of the road,”

says Paulk. That even includes additional counseling in the case of

complicated family dynamics.

Each family also has a different dynamic when it comes to making

decisions. Sterling Estates, which operates senior living communities in

East and West Cobb, has counselors on staff to guide seniors and their

adult children through the process. “Furthermore, our websites have

a wealth of educational information to help with the decision making

process,” says Pete Green, partner at Sterling Estates’ development

division, HCC Senior Living Group. The online information speaks to

those who know exactly what type of community they need as well as

those who are just beginning the process and may be overwhelmed by

the options.

Finding a home

One of the many decisions that must be made is what type of living is

right for the resident, even within a facility. Arbor offers independent

living, assisted living and memory care. Within the memory care

neighborhoods, there are two levels: Bridges, which Paulk describes

as being for those in the early stages of cognitive impairment. “It’s a

smaller and more intimate setting. By keeping that type of resident

together, we can get creative in how we do our programming,” she says.

Evergreen is a secured neighborhood for those with more progressive

dementia, and both neighborhoods are served by staff specially trained

for dementia care.

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Senior living facilities are also prepared to take on the health

challenges that come with aging, regardless of whether they happen

slowly or quickly. Arbor facilities constantly communicate with the

family and the resident’s primary health care provider when a sudden

medical change occurs.

Sterling Estates provides a continuum of housing options so that

residents can seamlessly transition to other types of housing when

their health needs change. “Our Sterling Estates communities have

independent residences that are cottages, garden homes and/or

apartments. Additionally, our large Main Residences allows for either

independent living or assisted living,” explains Green. “Furthermore,

couples don’t need to separate when one spouse ages more rapidly.”

All Sterling residents have personal emergency transponders to notify

staff in case of an emergency, 24/7 nursing care and are near two major

hospitals in Cobb. “Third party therapy companies, other health care

professionals and doctors are available to treat residents on-site,” adds

Green.

Living the life

Once a family has made the decision to move a loved one into a senior

living facility, the focus turns to making the transition as seamless as

possible. Before moving to an Arbor facility, families are visited by an

engagement counselor who takes the time to learn whether the resident

is a person who enjoys quiet time for reading, or a social butterfly. “We

believe in deep connections, and taking what we learn about them

and connecting them to others,” says Paulk. The information gathered

by the engagement counselor helps inform everything from at which

dining table the resident will eat meals to who their neighbors will be.

Financial counselors are also available to help residents untangle the

many intricacies of life insurance, veterans’ benefits and other financial

assets that will help pay for care.

After the boxes are unpacked, residents are then encouraged to

engage in a wide range of activities offered by the facilities. “There are

so many daily opportunities to engage within and outside our immediate

neighborhoods that foster mental stimulation and enjoyment,” says

Green, all of which are part of the “Living a Sterling Life” motto. “’Living

a Sterling Life’ is all about promoting and engaging in a healthy lifestyle

through nutritious and enjoyable meal plans, exercise tailored to

individual needs and providing socialization engagement opportunities

for our residents that they otherwise don’t have by living alone,” explains

Green. “Our overriding goal is providing our residents the programs and

services necessary to remain active and as independent as possible.”

Arbor offers art and music studios, rehab and fitness facilities, as well as

a beauty salon and libraries.

No matter their current or future health needs, metro area seniors

and their families can rest assured that there is a facility that is a

good fit. From the beginning of the research process through difficult

conversations and decisions, today’s senior living facilities are there

every step of the way.

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Active Adults

Living

Their Best

Encore

Grace Huseth

People don’t “retire” anymore. They reinvent themselves, reshape

their lives and return to what they were first passionate about.

Here are a few communities in Atlanta where 55+ residents

actively enjoy their encore stage of life with the comradery of

others.

Unlike retirement communities, these neighborhoods offer

complete subdivisions of homes. The homes are the perfect mix

of downsizing while attaining a dream home. For instance, many

homes have master suites on the main level, yet have the luxury

feel of granite countertops in the kitchen. Here you can focus

more energy on the things you love.

Lake Arrowhead

Amidst the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and just

40 minutes north of Atlanta’s I-285, Lake Arrowhead offers

amenities for active adults with natural beauty.

The centerpiece of this waterfront community is, of course, a

beautiful 540-acre lake. The lake is one of the largest privately

owned man-made lakes in Georgia and also ranked one of the

cleanest in the state. Pontoon boating, canoeing, kayaking, row

boating, and small craft sailing are all popular ways to enjoy lakelife

to the fullest and boat rental concession is offered on site.

New home designs in Sanctuary Cove, located at the north end

of the lake, are now available. Lake Arrowhead’s homes are

defined by thoughtful architectural details and offer open floor

plans, stunning features and expansive outdoor living areas,

meticulously designed to complement the natural surroundings.

The 28-lot neighborhood is extraordinary, offering breathtaking

views and individual deep water docks.

2419 Lake Arrowhead Drive, Waleska, GA, 30183

Windsong Properties

Windsong Properties offer West Cobb an exclusive 55+ community

with the feel of country living. The homes have master suites on

the main level, a flexible, open great room, accessibility features,

and a private courtyard retreat. Professionally maintained

landscaping gives you time to get to know your new neighbors

or simply relax.

The nature of North Georgia is best seen at nearby Kennesaw

Mountain Historic Battlefield, known for hiking and birdwatching

along 18 miles of trails and self-guided tours. If shopping and

dining is more your thing, historic Marietta Square in Glover Park

offers shops, restaurants and entertainment and hosts concerts,

festivals, and celebrations throughout the year.

Windsong’s Bel-Aire community is nestled in a quiet alcove in

West Cobb The traditional, craftsman style homes have brick

accents and a classic rocking chair front porch. Bel-Aire is close

to the Silver Comet Trail, a 61-mile walking and biking trail

system yet the community also has its own private clubhouse

with fitness area for gathering with friends.

1851 Bullard Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127

Conveniently located on Stilesboro Road in desirable Kennesaw

is Windsong’s second property, Serenade. This community offers

distinctive two- and three-bedroom plans with accessibility

features and a flexible living space to use as your life demands.

3510 Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152

Linton & Main is an Intimate enclave of only 10 homes.

A little different from our traditional communities as there are 7

detached two story homes and 3 townhomes

They offer a master on the main plan and a two story that is

elevator capable. Featuring private courtyard retreats, open

floorplans, second floor balconies. Professional maintained

lawns providing the low maintenance livestyle. 2 Blocks from

the Woodstock City Center so homeowners can stroll down for

shopping, dining and entertainment.

101 Linton Street, Woodstock, Georgia 30188

Jim Chapman Communities

Jim Chapman was personally named one of the TOP 100 most

influential people in Atlanta’s competitive housing industry by

the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He has created a number of active

adult communities strategically crafted with wider doorways,

zero-step entries, and masters with elevator access. His current

top five communities are…

The Cottages at Horseshoe Bend in Roswell offers 19 new

homes, all with master suites on the main level. The proximity of

the community to the Chattahoochee River makes The Cottages

perfect for nature lovers.

2415 Steeplechase Lane, Roswell, GA 30076

Casually elegant, spacious and well-appointed, two story homes

in Boxwood at Vinings have brick and cedar exteriors with

beautifully landscaped and hardscaped grounds. Two of the

floor plans feature a master on main and the third has an option

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for an elevator. Screened-in, covered rear patios have a vented

fireplace, hearth and mantle for cozy nights.

2075 Cooper Lake Dr. SE, Smyrna, GA 30080

Nestledown Farm in Cumming is a private, gated active adult

community located just minutes from Downtown Cumming.

This community is convenient to shopping and restaurants,

Northside Forsyth Hopsital and Sawnee Mountain Preserve, 963

acres of scenic passive space and hiking trails that visibly links to

the summit of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.

1510 Sawnee Dr, Cumming, GA 30040

Just east of the Outlet Shoppes in Woodstock is Sweet Briar

Farms. The three and four bedroom detached single-family

homes have two-car attached garage with covered entry, porch

and rear patios.

301 Sweetbriar Circle, Woodstock, GA 30188

The Overlook at Old Atlanta located in South Forsyth County,

is conveniently close to Atlanta as well as Lake Lanier and the

north Georgia mountains. The gated community features 130

homes, including 56 detached single-family homes with three

or four bedrooms each, plus 74 attached villas with three

bedrooms each.

5801 Old Atlanta Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024

“After living here for more than a year, I am happy and pleased

that I am here. Jim Chapman and his staff have been exceptionally

nice and have taken excellent care of me. As a widow, it is a

blessing for me to live in senior adult gated community that

takes care of maintenance and yard work,” said resident Mary

Reynolds.

Sterling on the Lake

Sterling on the Lake is a vibrant community in Flowery Branch. The

Springs, a single-level living, low-maintenance neighborhood

within Sterling on the Lake, is ideal for active adults who want

to connect with their neighbors. Residents have endless options

to stroll the trails near protected open space and private lakes

or meet up in one of the many empty nester clubs, such as the

lively ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) or yoga groups. A

full-time activities director keeps the community active with

year-round activities and events including chili cook-offs, fishing

tournaments and live jazz nights.

Each October, the community hosts the Sterling on the Lake

Harvest Balloon Festival. The festival is filled with fun fall activities

such as pumpkin painting, balloon rides, music and food. You

can experience floating with a tethered hot air balloon ride or

book a full flight over Flowery Branch.

Two popular communities at Sterling on the Lake include The

Cove and The Preserve. The Cove is a neighborhood of homes

with views of the lake, craftsman style kitchens and large living

areas. The Preserve is a larger estate, which features one-acre

home sites and allow for each resident to apply their own

personal touches with the help of Cook Residential and Millcreek

Builders.

All of the amenities in Sterling on the Lake serve to bring

neighbors together and foster lasting bonds within the

community. Residents like Neil Catapono share warm feelings

about living here: “Love the community as a whole: The people,

comradery, caring and friendships. Sterling attracts a very

genuine group of people. The staff makes us feel like they want

us to be happy and make it a great place to live. There is a great

sense of community and it is a magical place to call home. The

only place we have ever found that is as harmonious with us as

empty nesters and families. It gave us a sense of belonging.”

7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Cresswind at Lake Lanier was recently named “Best Active

Senior Community” in Atlanta Best Self Magazine’s “Best of 2016”

contest. The gated, active-adult community located in Gainesville

hugs the shore of beautiful Lake Lanier. The community offers a

variety of two and three bedroom ranch-style floor plans (some

with basements) to fit any lifestyle. These models were available

in four series that ranged from 1,275 to 2,640 square feet.

For 2017, dozens clubs have been approved by Cresswind

ranging from photography and watercolor painting to fishing

and model railroads. The diversity includes bowling, bridge,

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minutes from the new, state-of-the-art Northside

Cherokee Hospital. The vast list of amenities is

much too long to list here and includes eight

miles of walking/hiking trails, pickleball,

championship golf and a crystal clear 540-acre

lake surrounded by picturesque mountain views.

For the full list of amenities and much more

information, visit www.lakearrowheadga.com.

2419 Lake Arrowhead Drive | Waleska, GA 30183

770.720.2700

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cooking classes, theater, garden Samba, kayaking, pickleball,

and yes, a wine tasting club. Resident Gary Hulion said, “All I can

say is “WOW” If this is retirement, then sign me up! For those of

you have not yet experienced the thrill of dancing or singing

the night away, come on out, have fun, be with your friends and

neighbors. You will not regret it; even better things are yet to

come.”

Cresswind Landing, the on-property boathouse including slip

ownership and day dock opportunities, is an incredible amenity

for the residents of Cresswind at Lake Lanier to enjoy the

sparkling lake.

Only 45 minutes from Atlanta and a short drive from north Fulton

county, Cresswind is also minutes from Chateau Elan Winery and

Golf Resort, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mall of Georgia, Road

Atlanta and more.

3007 Scarlet Oak Lane, Gainesville, GA 30504

style homes in Village Green at East Cobb. In 2017, we have 7

opportunities remaining in our 2nd phase.. Longleaf Woodstock

has 86 homes in Cherokee County Is 50% sold, clubhouse and

pool were just finished and we look forward to many Meet &

Greets in the new clubhouse. Our 3rd community located in

Kennesaw is Battle Park with 71 homes. We are breaking ground

on the clubhouse and pool and looking forward to a busy spring.

As the first residents of Longleaf, we have had the pleasure of

watching the vision for this community continue to blossom.

Our search for an active adult community with lower taxes and

attractive amenities was our original reason for downsizing and

relocating to Longleaf. After one year, we are thrilled with our

decision! We love the quality of workmanship, the open floor

plan concept and the fact that it is practically maintenance free.

With its affordable taxes, proximity to major interstates, club

house, pool and wonderful neighbors and numerous community

gatherings, who could ask for anything more?

John and Sue Kranyecz, Longleaf, Woodstock, Georgia.

14295 Highway 92, Suite 109, Woodstock, Georgia 30188

The world knows Braselton for our

award winning winery & world class resort.

Locals enjoy our historic downtown,

specialty shops, fine dining, events & festivals.

Longleaf Communities

Look through the branches, way up high, and you may spot a

Longleaf Pine, a magnificent tree that towers as high as 120 feet

and can live for over 500 years. The tree serves as one of the most

ecologically important tree species in the Atlanta region and

famously nurtures a diverse ecosystem.

Longleaf communities doesn’t fall far from their namesake

tree. The active adult communities in Marietta, West Cobb and

Woodstock plan to thrive in the Atlanta metro area with the same

strength by nurturing a neighborly network of homes. Longleaf

homes are designed with flexible floor plans, first floor bedrooms

and bathrooms, contemporary kitchens and two car garagesplus

all exterior maintenance and landscaping provided!

Longleaf communities started in Marietta with 69 English cottage

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Now for the Fun Part!

By Lisa Mowry

After months of finding your new

house, it’s time to figure out the

right decorating and remodeling

projects to make it wonderful.

Is there anything more intimidating than an empty house?

The possibilities are enormous, but nobody wants to spend

money on the wrong priorities—or last year’s trends. We’ve

asked the experts to help homebuyers get started on making

their new home everything it can be.

Remodeling

Dale Contant, president-elect of the National Association

of the Remodeling Industry and owner of Atlanta Design &

Build (atlantadesignbuild.com), offers his expertise:

Which areas of the house do homebuyers typically approach

you to remodel as a top priority for them?

Contant: Kitchens and master bathrooms are by

far the most popular for every size house. Babyboomers

want any older home they’ve purchased to

have fresh kitchen and bathrooms, floors and paint.

As far as other projects: basements are another key area to

update, as well as other bathrooms in the house.

Do you recommend that homeowners try to do as much as

possible before moving in?

Contant: It makes for a good transition to have the floors

refinished or carpeted, new paint, and any areas that

desperately need updating to be done prior to moving in. It’s

a lot harder to do with furniture in place and living through

the mess; if you remodel before you move in, there’s less

inconvenience and it can be done faster.

What are some trends you’re seeing in kitchens and baths

these days?

Kitchens: We’re seeing that homeowners are removing walls

and making an open floor plan. They seem to prefer a larger,

single level island rather than the multi-level ones from past

years, with stone or quartz countertops. We also see more

upgrades in appliances than from previous years, and the

popularity of farmhouse sinks.

Master bathrooms: Bathrooms these days are featuring

a much larger shower, often with a “curbless entry,” large

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format tile, heated tile floors, and frameless showers. We

are also adding more freestanding soaking tubs, and linen

cabinets.

What about outdoor areas...do you see that as a popular

area of the house for Atlantans to remodel or upgrade?

Contant: With such a great spring, summer, fall and even

winter in Atlanta, we can use the exterior areas of our home

year-round. What we’re seeing a lot of: screen porches

with fireplaces and TVs, fancy decks, hot tub areas, outdoor

kitchens, waterfalls and serene landscape features, fire pits,

and exterior fireplaces—all sorts of ways to link the outdoors

and indoors.

Decorating

Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole make up Kandrac & Kole

Interior Design (kandrac-kole.com), voted one of Atlanta’s

top interior design firms by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

They are frequently featured in magazines such as Better

Homes & Gardens. Their thoughts on decorating with a plan:

What are some of the first steps homeowners should take

to go about decorating their new house?

Kelly Kole: Having just gone thru this process myself (after

living in a house for 18 years) I would advise homeowners to

begin the process by ruthlessly purging. Only keep the things

that are of quality and that you love; sell or donate the others.

Once you are dealing with an inventory of only the items you

really love, start thinking about how they can be reused in

different rooms. It’s fun to give new life to a piece of art, a

table or chair by putting it in an entirely new space. I took

photographs and measurements of my remaining inventory

and then started to assign pieces to rooms. Once I did this, I

knew where I needed to fill in pieces.

Do you have any general guidelines to help people start the

process, such as identifying favorite colors?

Joann Kandrac: I know some designers say to start with the

rug, others choose fabrics, others have a different set of

factors. One of my favorite ground rules is to select

a palette based on a favorite piece of art. If you had

a piece of art in the family room in a previous house,

maybe now it will work in the master bedroom,

for instance. Take the opportunity to reinvent your

existing pieces in different parts of your new home.

What do you think are some exciting trends and

opportunities in these areas of the house?

Foyer:

Joann: This is a place you can make a tremendous

visual impact and one good way to do that is with

wallpaper. It is making a big comeback and a foyer is a

perfect place to incorporate it. Another opportunity

in this area is to have fun with the flooring. Examples

might be to mix marble and wood in the same room,

or use flooring in a chevron or brick-style pattern.

This built-on screened porch has it all: stone fireplace, vaulted

ceiling, and wiring for an outdoor TV—plus an adjacent deck

to get a little sun. Photos courtesy of Atlanta Design & Build;

photos by Brian Reeves of Perfect Day Photos.

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“We were able to use about 40% of this Atlanta family’s previous things for

their new house,” says Kelly Kole. To upgrade the family room, they painted

the built-ins a soothing gray, and livened up an existing sectional with new

pillows and rug in colorful hues.

Photos courtesy Kandrac-Kole and photographer Emily Followill.

Living room:

Joann: Make this room a true room to live in; gone are the

days of the “too nice to sit on” furniture and the museumlike

furnishings. Make this room comfortable and cohesive

to family time, not a room that is only “for show.”

Dining room:

Kelly: Formal dining rooms are not as common as they once

were. Some homeowners are turning their dining room into

a more multi-functional space – such as also a library, music

room, or craft room. For those homeowners who still want

a dining room, we are seeing a trend toward a more casual

area. One way to accomplish this is by using a mix of seating

options. We are designing these spaces with a

mix of wood and upholstered chairs, benches

and banquets (like a small sofa made to cozy

up to a dining table). Also, a large interesting

chandelier can transform a dining room. Most

chandeliers we see in clients’ homes are too

small.

Family room/TV room:

Kelly: Our clients are busy families, so the fabric

choices we make are very important. We are

selecting Sunbrella and Crypton fabrics in many

of our projects. These fabrics are traditionally

known for their indoor/outdoor qualities but the

patterns, colors and softness have come a long

way. They are durable and easy to clean, which

appeals to everybody. We are also designing

family rooms that appeal to everybody in the

family—such as a quiet reading corner, a small

desk to work at, a pub table for games, or a large,

deep sofa for curling up in front of a movie.

Kitchen:

Joann: Incorporating bold and oversized

light fixtures can update your kitchen in a big

way. Storage is another game changer for

functionality in a kitchen. In terms of cabinetry,

it’s handy to incorporate trash/recycling

pullouts, rollout drawers, spice pullouts and

even special storage for dog bowls/food.

Powder room:

Joann: This is the space where company can close

the door and really take it all in. Even though this

is probably the smallest room in the house, it can

have the most impact. The use of a graphic wall

covering or an intense paint color for the ceiling

is one clever way. Painting this room a dark color

is also a great way to add drama and it does NOT

make the room look smaller.

Master bedroom:

Kelly: Normally the last room that our clients

decorate, the master bedroom is really one of

the most important spaces for homebuyers. We

are enjoying designing with “smart furniture”

these days-- bedside tables that have a built in

night light under the table, hidden drawers for

iphones/ipads to charge, or headboards that

have a hidden panel with an LED reading light. We are also

layering windows with custom linen panels but then using

a black out cellular shade underneath--a big hit with the

teenagers!

Home office:

Kelly: With technology becoming smaller and more efficient, a

home office can be a light-filled corner of a room, a renovated

closet, or a portion of a laundry room or butlers pantry. We

are also seeing trends towards wellness and ergonomics in

the office - standing desks, adjustable smart chairs (where

you can adjust the height, the lumbar and the arms) and LED

lighting that is easy on the eyes.

They gave the dining room a new look with slipcovered chairs and a more casual light fixture with

some size to it (the previous one was wimpy).

Photos courtesy Kandrac-Kole and photographer Emily Followill.

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Grace Huseth

Just south of Atlanta are little towns that

return to the Southern way of life, yet

still have close proximity to the big city.

Each town offers its own strengths, from

leisurely retirement communities and

nature preserves, to Hollywood glamour

and innovation. These towns hug Atlanta

with southern charm, an embrace we call

the Southern Crescent.

With 199 square miles and over 100,000

residents, Fayette County includes the

incorporated municipalities of Fayetteville,

Peachtree City, Tyrone, Brooks and Woolsey.

The history of the Southern Crescent

is Deep South with a touch of city life.

Georgia may be the Peach State, yet the

area was originally developed for cotton

plantations. In the first half of the 20th

century, as agriculture became more

mechanized, many African-American

workers left the area in the Great Migration

to northern and Midwestern industrial

cities. However, a reverse migration has

brought new residents to the South and

the Southern Crescent has grown markedly

since 2000. For example, Fayetteville itself

has increased from 11,148 in 2000 to an

estimated 17,519 in 2016. However, many

old houses from antebellum days endure,

including the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum

in Fayetteville and Stately Oaks Plantation in

Jonesboro.

Proximity to the world’s busiest airport

is a big factor in the Southern Crescent’s

corporate success. Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta International Airport employs

approximately 63,000-plus people, making

it one of the largest employment districts in

Georgia.

The magnetic Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has

drawn the Federal Aviation Administration

to establish their FAA Southern Region

center in College Park. The new office is the

largest outside of Washington, D.C. and has

over 1,100 employees. The campus is next

to College Park MARTA rail station, Hotel

Indigo and The Pad on Harvard, a popular

mixed-us complex that offers apartments,

restaurants, and retail in one spot.

The bustle of the busiest airport has

sparked an alliance between public

and private partners to create a vision

for an economically sturdy, safe, and

smart community in south Atlanta. The

Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance projects

have included streetscape plans to beautify

neighborhoods, and range to large case

studies on roads, intersections and other

logistics. For example, one Community

Improvement District (CID) project is

working with the Georgia Department

of Transportation to create an attractive

gateway to accompany construction on a

$10 million Diverging Diamond Interchange

(DDI) to serve Camp Creek Parkway at I-285.

Peachtree City has its own airport called

Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field right

in Peachtree City’s 2,200-acre Industrial

Park. Falcon field in Peachtree City is home

to the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing

and a hangar filled with WWII aircraft. The

airport hosts the annual Great Georgia

Airshow which often attracts the U.S. Navy

Blue Angels. Weather service for the entire

North Georgia area comes from the U.S.

National Weather Service City office at

Falcon Field

Other top employers in Peachtree City

include manufacturing firms that profit

from direct access to the CSX Railroad, in

addition to popular companies Cooper

Lighting and Panasonic Automotive Systems

Co. The opening of Atlanta Metro Studios in

Fayetteville

Union City, Pinewood Atlanta Studio’s North

American headquarters in Fayetteville, and

Tyler Perry Studios has made the Southern

Crescent a movie mecca.

Just south of downtown Atlanta, you can

find the new campus of Tyler Perry Studios.

The most successful African-American

filmmaker in history has now set his eyes on

opening one of the largest motion picture

studios in the U.S. The studio has moved

from Greenbrier to the historic land of the

decommissioned Fort McPherson Army

base, which provides nearly ten times as

much raw space.

By the end of 2017, Tyler Perry Studios will

have twelve stages spread across 330 acres,

including a historic district with forty circa

1880 buildings. Tyler Perry Productions has

created over 900 television episodes and

16 major motion pictures and has attracted

outside productions such as “The Walking

Dead” and “The Immortal Lives of Henrietta

Lifestyle. Both night and day.

Top-ranked public schools

Top-ranked

Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Home of Pinewood Studios

(Where heroes fly!)

Enjoy our Historic

Downtown District

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Lacks” as well. The campus will be considered the first major motion

picture studio on the East Coast.

Atlanta Metro Studios in Union City has overhauled the former

Shannon Mall into a new studio space to support the booming

Atlanta film market. 404 Studio Partners and Rooker real estate have

created a new facility which include a movie, TV studio and 130,000

square feet of soundstages, including the two largest purpose-built

soundstages in North America.

Film, television, music and videos are also created at Pinewood Atlanta

Studios located in Fayetteville. The full service film and entertainment

studio complex has 18 sound stages on 700 acres, including backlot

areas including forests, rivers and open areas. Pinewood Atlanta

Studios is the largest studio complex in the U.S. outside of L.A. Marvel

Studios has made Pinewood its unofficial home in Georgia filming

“Ant-Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Guardians of the Galaxy

Vol. 2” and “Spiderman: Homecoming”.

As north Atlanta continues to grow more dense, some are feeling the

congestion and have made the smart migration south. BMW is one of

those major companies, moving their training out of Southern region

headquarters in Sandy Springs and down to College Park. Online

fashion retailer Asos has plans to build their first ever U.S. warehouse

in Union City. The space will house over 10 million accessories and

articles of clothing and will be up and running by fall 2018.

The Southern Crescent’s temperate climate is the definition of

southern living. Spring blossoms add to one of the greenest metro

areas in the eastern part of the nation. Summers can be hot and

humid with temperatures in the afternoons that reach, on average, to

near 90 °F, yet mild winters average 35°F overnight for a chance white

Christmas. South Atlanta’s elevation on the edge of north Georgia’s

Piedmont region results in abundant greenery each fall.

Parks and nature preserves in the Southern Crescent make the

outdoors accessible. Reynolds Nature Preserve in Morrow has over

three miles of hiking trails. These trails offer views from the highest

ridges in the county and showcase a mixed oak-hickory-pine forest

and on down to the wetlands and ponds fed by natural springs.

Line Creek Nature Area in Peachtree City is a 70-acre public preserve

with a mix of habitats – an upland hardwood forest, granite

outcroppings and a rushing stream bordered by native azaleas. The

City of Fayetteville recently opened over 300 acres of new public

greenspace called The Ridge Nature Area, featuring a kayak/canoe

water trail that will eventually reach Starr’s Mill, over seven miles

away.

Due to Atlanta’s ideal location, recreational activities abound in

Georgia. Day trips offer opportunities in hiking, water skiing and

whitewater rafting. A four-hour drive from Atlanta can bring you

to the charm and grace of Savannah and the Georgia Coast, or the

splendor of the North Carolina Mountains.

True to southern palates, the Southern Crescent is home to many

unique restaurants and BBQ spots. No- frills family joint Dean’s BBQ

has served the Jonesboro community good pit-smoked pig since

1947. This Is It! BBQ and Seafood brings Atlanta’s BBQ character to

Fayetteville. Upscale dining can be found in Peachtree City at Pascal’s

Bistro, an American- French eatery, along with Restaurant 365 at

Porsche. Those seeking a quick bite can stop by Radial Café in College

Park. The café is Georgia’s only “three-star green restaurant” with

locally sourced, farm-to table meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Southern Crescent may be the best place to have dinner and a show

thanks to many amphitheaters in the area. Wolf Creek Amphitheater

in South Atlanta has quickly become a popular venue for entertainment

under the stars. Further south, The Southern Ground Amphitheater

in Fayetteville and the Fred in Peachtree City, feature a variety of

outdoor music and entertainment. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater,

the Fred, in Peachtree City has hosted hometown favorites, national

and touring acts for more than thirty years. The Southern Ground

Amphitheater is owned by the Fayetteville Downtown Development

Authority, but gets its name from Fayetteville resident and country

star, Zac Brown and his Southern Ground enterprise.

Georgia International Convention Center welcomes a new arena,

as well as a new NBA D-league team that will call the Southern

Crescent home. The new Atlanta Hawks D-league team will begin

play for the 2019-2020 season in a 3,500 seat arena currently under

construction at the Georgia International Convention Center. The

arena will have about 110,000 square feet and will also double as a

hapeville

www.hapeville.org

Hapeville, Georgia come see

where things are taking off!

Hapeville is located on the

doorstep of the Atlanta Hartsfield-

Jackson International Airport

between I-75 and I-85.

Hapeville is a proud member of

the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance

public and private partners

working together to leverage the

economic potential of the airport

and to market the region.

Dramatic job tax advantages

attract businesses to Hapeville’s

commercial Opportunity Zone.

Residential neighborhoods

feature homes such as craftsmanstyle

bungalows, traditional

Chicago-style townhomes and

loft-condominiums; with

manicured parks and facilities.

Hapeville celebrates the arts,

investing in its own Performing

Arts Center, and vibrant public art.

Hapeville Assoc. of Tourism & Trade

Department of Economic Development

Hapeville, GA. * (404)-669-8269

Aviation Heritage Mural, Shannon Lake

Airport South CID + Airport West CID =

Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs

The Airport South and Airport West CIDs now work

together as the Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs. Their partnership

is developing a more vibrant business community

surrounding the world’s busiest airport.

• Full-time Public Safety Director

• 24-hour private security patrols

• Patrols by reserve police officers

• 30% reduction in criminal incidents

• Coordination with all law

enforcement agencies

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multipurpose venue for concerts, theater,

additional regional sports and will draw

more conferences and tradeshows. The

new arena will be part of Gateway Center,

a collection of upscale hotels and office

space surrounding the convention center

and connected to Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta International Airport. The Marriott

Renaissance is underway and construction

is scheduled to be completed by spring

2017, while the arena will be completed by

summer 2019.

NASCAR fans love the Atlanta Motor

Speedway just 20 miles south of Atlanta. The

track originating in the 1960s was rebuilt to

a 1.54-mile quad-oval track, making it one

of the fastest on the NASCAR circuit. Despite

attracting thousands on race weekend, the

Atlanta Motor Speedway offers much to the

Southern Crescent community. Every year

from spring until fall, the speedway hosts

“Friday Night Drags” where participants

drag race down the pit road. The facility also

hosts several driving schools year-round,

such as Richard Petty Driving Experience,

where visitors have the opportunity to

experience the speedway from a unique

point-of-view behind the wheel of a race car.

Sports car enthusiasts can get their hearts

racing at Porsche’s test driving center in

College Park. The Porsche Experience

Center at the U.S. Porsche headquarters

places you behind the wheel of the car of

your choice for 90 minutes.

The track at Porsche allows the drivers to

explore how each car performs on a variety

of drive surfaces. The 1.6 mile purposebuilt

driver development track includes a

dynamics area to test speed and agility,

a handling circuit with a one-mile course

designed to mimic a winding country road,

a low-friction circle to experience over-steer

features on a wet, polished concrete surface,

and an off road circuit to demonstrate

a Cayenne’s off-road technology. The

experience center also offers a simulator lab

where drivers of all ages can participate in

the visual thrill of driving some of the best

race tracks in the world.

College Park boasts being home to the

largest private school in the United States,

Woodward Academy, as well as The Main

Street Academy, a K-8 public charter school

proudly serving the Tri-Cities area.

The Fayette County School District was

ranked #6 of 179 schools in the 2017 Best

School Districts in Georgia and is comprised

of 26 traditional schools, one non-traditional

high school, an alternative education

program, an adult community school and

a new addition, the ‘Center of Innovation.’

The district has 1,379 full-time teachers

and over 20,756 students. Fayette County

High School, Whitewater High School,

Sandy Creek High School, McIntosh High

School and Starr’s Mill High School serve the

Fayetteville area.

Private and non-traditional schools include

The Campus and Trinity Christian School,

both grades 1-12, in Peachtree City and

Counterpane School, Our Lady of Mercy

Catholic High School, and Grace Christian

Academy in Fayetteville. Landmark Christian

School has a main campus in Fairburn,

covering PreK-12, and a campus in Peachtree

City, covering K-5.

According to Berkshire Hathaway Home

Services Georgia Properties, Fayette County

and Neighboring homeowners. The market

in 2016 for the two counties was up 11.2%

in units over, while the sales volume was up

15.9%. The average sales price was $265,000

and houses were only on the market for an

average of 53 days.

Step aside Florida, active adults should

retire in the Southern Crescent. Fayetteville

and Peachtree City have many independent

living, senior apartments and retirement

communities.

Peachtree City’s hallmark, and favorite

feature among seniors, is its 100-mile

network of multi-use paths for pedestrians,

cyclists, and golf carts. Peachtree City,

the Golf Cart City, is known as one of the

most successful planned communities

in the country. Over 9,000 households

own a golf cart, and use them as an extra

vehicle for local transportation to go from

neighborhood to shopping centers, schools,

and parks through the wooded scenery that

makes Peachtree City special. Everyone

drives golf carts, and even McIntosh High

School experiences golf cart traffic jams

after the bell rings!

The City of East Point is a prime location that can satisfy the

needs of business. With over 35,000 residents, East Point

boasts a vibrant workforce of professional and skilled labor

with exceptional quality of living standards for its citizens.

The East Point Advantage:

• 10 minutes from the heart of Downtown Atlanta

• 2 TAD Districts, a CID and an Opportunity Zone

• No impact fees on new development

• 100% Freeport Exemption

• Approximately 2.3 million square feet of office, warehouse

and distribution space in the commercial/industrial areas

• Multiple rail lines/spurs

• 5 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

• Its own power and private water reservoir

• East Point Business and Industrial Development Authority

• MARTA Train Station

• Access to all major interstates

• Home to Camp Creek Marketplace, Camp Creek Pointe,

Camp Creek Business Center, Southmeadow Business Park

and several major headquarter companies

To learn more about advantages and opportunities in East Point’s business districts,

contact Maceo Rogers, 404-270-7217, jmrogers@eastpointcity.org

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Cherokee County

cherokeega.com (678) 493-6000

County Population: 225,994

County Seat: Canton

Median Household Income: $68,926 Median Home Price: $190,500

Square Miles: 421.67 Millage Rate: 29.113

Municipalities: Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska, and Woodstock

Citygoers and nature lovers alike will enjoy living in Cherokee County.

Atlanta is only about a 30-minute drive away, and the scenic route to the

mountains in North Georgia only takes about an hour. The cities in Cherokee

County have accessible shopping, quaint coffee shops, and beautiful parks.

Some parts of Cherokee County provide the feeling of being in the country,

while other parts offer a fast-paced city life. The county had the highest

SAT scores in the state, the lowest unemployment rate in the metro area,

is among the top 3 school districts in the state, 40% of residents have postsecondary

degrees, 26% of the population are millennials and it is projected

to lead the metro area in the next 30 years in job growth. It is home to

Chattahoochee Tech, Atlanta’s largest technical college; Lake Arrowhead,

the South’s largest manmade lake; the Cherokee County Aquatic Center,

the new 370,000 square foot Outlet Shoppes in Woodstock, a regional

airport, a new $280 million Northside Hospital, a new $80 million WellStar

Health System is coming soon,and a new Amphitheater.

Ball Ground • cityofballground.com (770) 735-2123 • Pop.1,500

Ball Ground is an expanding community north of Canton on I-575. The

area is a must-see for rock hounds, as it is a prime mining center for

precious and semiprecious minerals, many of which are on display in

the village’s storefronts. The amount of available jobs within the city has

been continually growing, and this is mostly due to the positive business

climate in the region. Many housing options are available to new residents,

including a variety of lot sizes. A new elementary school that can hold

1,200 students opened in 2012.

Canton • canton-georgia.com (770) 704-1520 • Pop. 23,000

Canton is the county seat of Cherokee County, and it has experienced

strong residential growth in the past few years. The Historical Downtown

of Canton has many local shops with original items. In warm weather, local

farmers bring their fresh home-grown fruits and vegetables to the square

downtown. BridgeMill is one of the most popular neighborhoods, and it

is so large that it is divided into two school districts. The neighborhood

has a two-acre pool, a world-class golf course, and over 52 acres for

family recreation. Canton is a great place to live for those who wish to be

surrounded by tall trees and winding roads, while still only a short drive

from Atlanta.

Holly Springs • hollyspringsga.us • Pop. 9,000

The City is 6.5 square miles and offers many sites for future development.

Holly Springs was incorporated in 1906. The town was built around a train

depot which has been updated and is now the Holly Springs Community

Center. The median household income is $65,540, and the median home

value is $186,357. The largest employer is Hydro-Chem.

Waleska • cityofwaleska.com (770) 479-2912 • Pop. 644

Waleska is home to the main campus of Reinhardt University, founded

in 1883, and of Lake Arrowhead, where a popular resort community is

located. Incorporated in 1889, Waleska got its name from the daughter

of an Indian Chief in the area called Warluskee. The main industries of the

past in Waleska were lumbering, grist mills, some mineral development,

and tobacco manufacturing. Agriculture and the lumber industry still thrive

in the area. The main “industry” in the town is Reinhardt College, and

Waleska is often referred to as a university town.

Woodstock • woodstockga.gov (770) 926-8852 • Pop. 30,000

The City’s population grew by 33% between 2010 (23,904) and 2017

(31,774). They are adding another nearly 100 acre park located on the

eastside of the City. The total amount of public/private investment in

Downtown Woodstock in 2017 was over 47 million dollars. Through an

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ARC grant and partnership with the Convention and Visitors Bureau,

work began on the new Downtown Mural. Main Street took over Taste

and Sound of Woodstock and welcomed over 15 participants showcasing

the culinary options of Woodstock. Main Street received its 2017 Main

Street America Accredited Program Certification. Their new Amphitheater

is a huge success. Recent awards and recognitions include: The Georgia

Municipal Association’s Live, Work, Play City Award for 2017, Ranked 3rd

best City in Metro Atlanta to buy a house (Niche.com),Ranked in the top

20 Safest Cities in Georgia (alarm.org), Named “The Coolest Place in the

South” (onlyinyourstate.com), Ranked in the top 10 “Best Places to Raise a

Family” (wallethub.com).

Power

Amicalola EMC

(706) 253-5200

amicalolaemc.com

Cobb EMC

(770) 429-2100

cobbemc.com

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363

sawnee.com

Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321

atlantagaslight.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200

onlygng.com

SCANA Energy

Natural Gas

(877) 467-2262

scanaenergy.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Recycling

Recycling Center

(770) 517-7650

Cable

Charter Communications

(888) 438-2427

charter.com

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

ETC Communications

(800) 660-6826

etcnow.com

For information or to experience

Downtown Woodstock for yourself,

visit: downtownwoodstock.org or

download the ʻVisit Woodstockʼ app

on the App Store or Google Play.

WOODSTOCK DOWNTOWN

DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Brian Stockton, AICP

Director

770-592-6056

bstockton@woodstockga.gov

Water and Sewer

Cherokee County Water

and Sewage Authority

(770) 479-1813

ccwsa.com

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

att.com

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Clayton County

claytoncountyga.gov (770) 477-3208

County Population: 280,000

County Seat: Jonesboro

Median Household Income: $421,120 Median Home Price: $91,200

Square Miles: 144.28 Millage Rate: 35.691

Municipalities: Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, and Riverdale

As a suburb just south of Atlanta, Clayton County provides relaxed living with

plentiful amenities. The county is one of the smallest in Georgia and one

of the most densely populated. Home of Hartsfield-Jackson International

Airport and just 15 minutes to downtown Atlanta. They have 32 parks and

900 acres of parks, over 30 business parks with millions of square feet of

affordable buildings and development sites for manufacturing, warehouse/

distribution, office, and retail. They have a diverse, desirable mix of logistics

operations; warehousing and distribution facilities; food manufacturing and

distribution; administrative services; healthcare; and educational services.

They offer attractive tax incentives such as Tier 1 State Job Tax Credits and

investment credits, and Opportunity Zone. The film industry generates

significant economic impact and the City is a “Camera Ready Community”;

check out “Film Clayton”. They have the largest labor force in the Southern

Crescent and the 6th largest in the State.

Forest Park • forestparkga.org (404) 366-4720 • Pop.18,874

The more populous Forest Park thrives on the economic engine of Hartsfield-

Jackson Atlanta International Airport and its related businesses, as well as the

activity of the Georgia State Farmers Market. Located only nine miles away from

Atlanta, Forest Park has easy access to the city and all it has to offer. The 1,465-

acre Fort Gillem Military Reservation is in Forest Park. The city is a great center

of commerce, growing rapidly since the 1950s. Forest Park is a great place for

those wishing to be close to a large airport and major interstates as well as the

city of Atlanta.

Jonesboro • jonesboroga.com (770) 478-3800 • Pop. 4,580

Past and present are attractively blended in Jonesboro, with historic and

recreational sites in abundance. Just 12 miles from Atlanta and the county seat

of Clayton County, Jonesboro is an historical gem with all the amenities of a

modern city. Easy access to Interstate 75 is a perk for those wishing to commute

to Atlanta or visit the attractions of the city. Clayton County is where the famous

movie Gone with the Wind was filmed, so there are numerous attractions

for residents and visitors. Many recreational activities are in the area as well,

including golf, fishing, and visual and performance arts.

Morrow • cityofmorrow.com (770) 961-4002 • Pop. 6,859

Morrow is home to Spivey Hall, Clayton State University’s acclaimed performing

arts center, and the Southlake Mall shopping complex. The city started as an acre

of land in 1870, and that acre is still the center of the town. Morrow has grown

from a trading stop to a thriving commercial town with appealing shopping

venues, fine dining, and great entertainment centers. Many historical attractions

are in Morrow, and the city has multiple annual events. The amenities of Atlanta

are close by, as well as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Power

Amicalola EMC

(706) 253-5200

amicalolaemc.com

Cobb EMC

(770) 429-2100

cobbemc.com

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363

sawnee.com

Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321

atlantagaslight.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Cherokee Co. Water &

Sewage Authority

(770) 479-1813

ccwsa.com

Cable

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

uverseonline.att.net

Charter

Communications

(888) 438-2427

charter.com

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

att.com

Recycling

Recycling Center

(770) 517-7650

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Riverdale • riverdalega.gov (770) 909-5300 • Pop. 15,500

The Clayton County Public School system serves the students of Riverdale.

Located only 10 miles from Atlanta, Riverdale provides nice residential living

close to the amenities of the large city. Only five miles from Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta International Airport, residents of Riverdale have easy access to travel.

Median household income in Riverdale is $37,100. The City of Riverdale’s South

City Concert Series takes place at The Amphitheater at the Riverdale Town

Center during the summer.

Cobb County

cobbcounty.org (770) 528-1000

Conveniently located about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, Cobb County is

a constantly growing suburb with much to offer. . It is the second largest

school district in the state with two state universities and one technical

college. Tourism is the largest industry at $2.2 billion and responsible

for 25,000 jobs. They have the lowest property tax in metro Atlanta. The

Braves move here has sparked economic growth and their County Airport is

expanding. The historical Marietta Square attracts history buffs and antique

shoppers Key points of interest include Kennesaw Mountain, Six Flags

Over Georgia, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and Lockheed Martin

Aeronautics Company. The Home Depot is headquartered here. They have

over 36 public Parks and are adding more and have 7 golf courses. Major

transit and transportation improvements are underway. Cobb County was

one of the 24 counties created in 1832 from Cherokee Indian territory. It

is named for Judge Thomas W. Cobb, a former U.S. Senator. Marietta, the

county seat, is said to be named for his wife. The Chattahoochee River,

which forms Cobb’s southeast boundary, served as a dividing line between

Creek and Cherokee Indian territories .

Acworth • acworth.org (770) 974-7626 • Pop. 21,000

Acworth, located about 35 miles northwest of Atlanta, is 132 square miles.

While it is close enough to Atlanta to experience professional sports and

cultural events like a larger city, the small-town atmosphere of Acworth

provides opportunities for families that offer fun and tranquility. Convenient

to both Interstate 75 and Highway 41, area hotels are comfortable and are

run by community members. Visitors, whether in the mood for down-home

southern cooking, a quick sandwich, spicy Cajun cuisine, or parlor style ice

cream, will find a wide range of choices. Acworth is surrounded by two

beautiful lakes, Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona, and 12 parks surround

Acworth that are perfect for picnicking. Nestled along the banks of Lake

Acworth is Cobblestone Golf Course, which was recently rated the #1

public course in Georgia by Golf Digest. Shoppers will revel in the eclectic

nature and friendly, welcoming staff of the shops in Acworth’s historical

downtown district. If you are a history buff, you will certainly want to visit

the many homes on the historical tour. The Dixie Highway, “the granddaddy

of Interstate 75,” was the first interstate to reach into the South and is

Acworth’s Main Street. By the time of its incorporation in 1840, Acworth

prospered as a typical railroad town. Today, Acworth is designated as

a Georgia Main Street City and is committed to preserving the historical

significance of its downtown district buildings.

Austell • austellga.gov (770) 944-4300 • Pop. 6,700

Austell is experiencing rapid residential growth as newcomers discover its

wealth of natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and a stable economic

base. Austell covers 5.7 square miles. This welcoming small town provides a

friendly atmosphere with commercial, industrial, and residential growth. The

area has a great school system, unique shopping, easily accessible medical

care, and convenient travel opportunities. The city of Austell has many

family activities such as an annual Easter egg hunt, Halloween celebrations,

and the festive lighting of the town Christmas tree. Strategically located

in southwest Cobb County, Austell is 18 miles away from Atlanta, 10 miles

from Marietta, and only minutes away from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

International Airport, making travel very convenient. Regional commercial

and industrial complexes as well as cultural, recreational, and leisure

activities are within easy driving distance for Austell residents. Vacations

County Population: 743,334

County Seat: Marietta

Median Household Income: $70,246 Median Home Price: $255,000

Square Miles: 340 Millage Rate: 6.9

Municipalities: Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs,

and Smyrna

in North Georgia’s mountains or along Georgia’s coast and the Golden Isles

are only a few hours away.

Kennesaw • kennesaw-ga.gov (770) 424-8274 • Pop. 31,000

In the 1830s, the railroad building craze hit Cobb County, and as more and

more rail workers came to the county, Kennesaw grew up around that

industry. Residents later founded the city in 1887. During the Civil War,

Kennesaw served as the staging ground for the Great Locomotive Chase, an

event now recounted at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive

History.

A city rich in history, Kennesaw has become a destination for businesses

and families looking to relocate in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Extensive preserved Civil War battle sites allow one to step back in time

to the turbulent days of battle juxtaposed to the vibrant, stable economy

that is Kennesaw today. Many attractions, shops, restaurants, parks, and

businesses contribute to the vitality of the city. Kennesaw State University

has become one of the premier public universities in Georgia and is now

the state’s third largest university. The main strip in Kennesaw is Barrett

Parkway, which offers Town Center Mall, a variety of restaurants, as well as

multiple shopping centers and movie theaters.

Marietta • mariettaga.gov (770) 794-5530 • Pop. 58,358

Marietta, the county seat, is known for its historic districts and its famous

town square complete with gazebo and fountain. Offering the charm of a

small town with the amenities of big-city living keeps Marietta at the top

of the list for sought out areas. The downtown square bustles throughout

the day as visitors and residents take advantage of the many charming

shops and restaurants. The adjacent Cobb government buildings ensure

an ongoing steady stream of people in and out of the area on a daily

basis. U.S. 41 is one of the main roads that run through Marietta. “The

Big Chicken,” as residents refer to it, has become a landmark that is used

to provide directions in the area. Incorporated on December 19, 1834,

Marietta is the Cobb County seat of government. While the origin of the

city’s name is somewhat a mystery, prevailing wisdom has it that the name

remembers Mary Moore, the wife of U.S. Senator and Supreme Court Judge

Thomas Willis Cobb. If this origin is correct, it seems apt, as Judge Cobb is

the namesake of the county itself. When, in 1864, Union General William

Tecumseh Sherman marched through Marietta, he spared the city before

going to burn Atlanta.

Powder Springs • cityofpowdersprings.org (770) 943-1666 •

Pop. 14,000

Powder Springs incorporated as Springville in 1838 on the lands of two

Cherokee Indian chiefs, Chief Nose and Chief Ana Kanasta (Sweetwater).

Prospectors had found gold in the state 10 years earlier, and so get-richquick

hopefuls flocked to Springville to mine and pan more. Despite their

efforts, the prospectors found little in the mines at Lost Mountain and off

Brownsville Road. Sadly - and ironically - at about this same time, the U.S.

government forced Cherokee Indians off their lands and marched them to

Oklahoma on the “Trail of Tears.”

In 1859, the city name changed to Powder Springs, a name derived from the

seven springs in the city limits. The water in these springs contains some 26

minerals that turn the surrounding sand black, like gunpowder – hence the

name Gunpowder Springs.

The city of Powder Springs boasts the ability to preserve the heritage of

the past and provide a community where citizens actively participate in

the decision making process. The development of an extensive citywide

trail system called the Silver Comet Trail connects neighborhoods, parks,

and public facilities and has made the community very desirable for active

and environmentally conscious residents. Powder Springs has many parks

and recreational areas for those who enjoy fun outdoor activities. Tramore

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Park offers four soccer fields and multiple smaller fields for children. Wild

Horse Creek Park consists of 53 acres that can be used for tennis, softball

and baseball, football, and soccer, as well as BMX biking. Close to Powder

Springs is Sweetwater Creek Park, which provides picnicking, canoeing,

hiking, and fishing. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is in the

area, and the park has many historical treasures from the Civil War.

Smyrna • smyrnacity.com (770) 434-6600 • Pop. 52,350

Just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Smyrna is known as the Jonquil City

for the many blooms seen each spring. Once considered a sleepy bedroom

suburb of Atlanta, Smyrna has fully come into its own with recognition for

a successful rejuvenated downtown area. The Village Green provides a

community atmosphere featuring shopping, dining, a community center,

and city hall all intertwined with residential spaces. This area is structured

in a Williamsburg style, with a central fountain surrounded by a long brick

road. The Smyrna Community Center offers residents multiple spaces for

meetings, activities, and athletics.The City attracts the millennials with it’s

proximity to downtown Atlanta, many parks and restaurants. It is 15 square

miles and has 304 acres of park and green space. The City of Smyrna was

awarded the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence and is recognized

as one of the most desirable places to live in the entire Metropolitan

Atlanta area, “the place to be…the place to call home”.

Vinings • Pop. 10,000

Just over the Chattahoochee River from the city of Atlanta, the small

historic community of Vinings continues to attract those searching for

unique shopping and dining experiences. With the affluent West Paces

Ferry portion of Buckhead and the suburban community of Smyrna close

by, the Vinings area offers a wide variety of residential opportunities and

recreational activities. Vinings Jubilee is considered by residents to be the

town center, maintaining an historic look and feel. The business climate

is thriving, led by the headquarters of Home Depot that is located just

outside of Vinings. The main east/west road that goes through the town is

Paces Ferry Road. The area has always been and still is a very desirable area

for Cobb County residents.

Power

Acworth Power

(770) 917-8903

acworth.org/powerdepartment

Cobb EMC

(770) 429-2100

cobbemc.com

Greystone Power Corp

(770) 942-6576

greystonepower.com

Marietta Power

(770) 794-5100

mariettaga.gov/city/mpw

Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321

atlantagaslight.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200

onlygng.com

Infinite Energy Company

(877) 342-5434

infiniteenergy.com

SCANA Energy

Natural Gas

(877) 467-2262

scanaenergy.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Walton EMC Natural Gas

(770) 267-2505

waltonemcnaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Cobb County

Water System

(770) 423-1000

cobbwater.org

Cable

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

uverseonline.att.net

Courtesy of Marietta Welcome Center

Charter

Communications

(888) 438-2427

charter.com

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

uverseonline.att.net

Recycling

(678) 581-5488

cobbcountyga.gov

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DeKalb County

co.dekalb.ga.us (404) 371-2000

County Population: 734,871

County Seat: Decatur

Median Household Income: $54,057 Median Home Price: $176,800

Square Miles: 267.58 Millage Rate: .4419

Municipalities: Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville,

Lithonia, Pine Lake, and Stone Mountain

Located right on the edge of Atlanta, Dekalb County is a prime location for

those wishing to live the city life without actually living downtown. The

third largest County in the state and home of Emory University, Agnes

Scott College, American Cancer Society, Fernbank Museum, Callanwolde

Fine Arts Center and Stone Mountain. They have 130 parks consisting of

6,000 acres of parkland and open spaces. Recent news includes the plans

to convert the former Presidential Hotel to an independent living facility

for senior citizens and to convert the Northlake Mall to a live, work, play

community with apartments, restaurants, offices, homes, etc. The County

leads the State in work force development and ethnic diversity with 65

spoken languages. The median price of homes sold in December, 2017

was $258,500 which is up from $153, 745 in December of 2012. They are

building 17 new hangers at their Peachtree DeKalb Airport to accommodate

business travel and their convenience to MARTA is another great asset to

businesses and residents..

Avondale Estates • avondaleestates.org (404) 294-5400 • Pop. 2,771

The neighborhood of Avondale Estates was established in 1924 and is 1.2

square miles. Named after England’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s

birthplace, Avondale Estates has an old British atmosphere. The downtown

area also offers dining opportunities including pizzerias and Mexican

cuisine. The Rail Arts area of Avondale Estates contains art galleries and

studios and hosts an arts and music festival each autumn. A beautiful

natural attraction is Lake Avondale, where residents and visitors can enjoy

outdoor recreational activities.

Brookhaven • Brookhavenga.gov (404) 637-0500 • Pop. 49,000

Georgia’s newest city was incorporated December 17th, 2012, and it became

a city entirely inside the perimeter and the largest city in Dekalb County. It

is 2.12 square miles, with 271 acres of parks. The median household income

is $56,231. Brookhaven’s borders are Sandy Springs to the west, Chamblee

to the east; Dunwoody to the north; and Interstate 85 to the south. The

city has its own police, zoning, and maintenance separate from the county.

Points of interest include Capital City Country Club, Brookhaven MARTA

Station, Oglethorpe University, Georgia State University’s Brookhaven

satellite campus for the Robinson College of Business MBA program, and

Murphey Candler Park. The Dekalb County School System operates the

public schools serving Brookhaven. Neighborhoods and districts include

Town Brookhaven, Brookhaven Village, Lynwood Park, Peachtree Road,

North Brookhaven, Buford Highway, and Lenox Park. The large retail centers

in Brookhaven include the Town Brookhaven, Northeast Plaza, and a stripmall

style shopping center on Buford Highway focused on discount and

Hispanic-oriented stores.

Candler-McAfee • Pop. 23,000

Candler-McAfee, covering seven square miles, is beautiful area inhabited

with multiple parks. The parks in the region include Misty Waters Park,

Alexander Park, Glendale Park, Mark Trail Park, Glenwood Hills Park, and

Starmount-McAfee Park. Shopping is plentiful in Candler-McAfee, and the

two major shopping centers are the Candler Plaza Shopping Center and the

Eastgate Shopping Center. Candler-McAfee is convenient to Atlanta and

offers many recreational activities and shopping opportunities.

Chamblee • chambleega.com (770) 986-5010 • Pop. 23,000

The City of Chamblee is 2,009 acres, or 3.18 square miles. For 2007 to

2011, the median household income was $54,819. Of people over the age

of 25, 72.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 40.6% of the same

age bracket have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The city of Chamblee is

home to six parks. The Chamblee MARTA station provides a direct route

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to downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Busy Dekalb Peachtree Airport is classified as a “general aviation reliever

airport” for the Atlanta metropolitan area. It encompasses approximately

700 acres of land in the northern part of Dekalb County, the majority of

which is within the Chamblee city limits. The Chamblee area has grown and

is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the Southeast. Chamblee is rich

in culture and has an international atmosphere. The International Village

is considered one of the most diverse areas in the country, with residents

of over 30 nationalities and businesses that introduce visitors to different

cultures. The central business district in Chamblee hosts the nationally

known Antique Row, and this section of town strives to retain the history of

the city while incorporating modern developments.

Clarkston • cityofclarkston.com (404) 296-6489 • Pop. 7,733

Clarkston is a small town that retains its southern appeal while having the

amenities of Atlanta close by. Milam Park is a beautiful 7.6-acre park in the

area that has a modern playground, tennis courts, pavilions for picnics, a

softball field, and a multiuse field. Clarkston Dog Park provides a great place

for pet owners to let their dogs play. Friendship Forest has approximately 16

acres of streams, trees, fields, and stands. Many wildlife attractions are in

the area, such as butterflies, birds, vegetation, and small mammals.

Decatur • decaturga.com (404) 370-4100 • Pop. 20,000

The city of Decatur is the heart of the county and has the warmth, charm

and accessibility of the best small towns. With exceptional services and

amenities and its close proximity to Emory University and the Centers

for Disease Control, Decatur is one of the most desirable places to live in

Dekalb County and the metro Atlanta area. Decatur’s historic town square,

anchored by the old courthouse that is now home to the county’s historical

society and arts council, is ringed with galleries, cafes, and boutiques. With

its own MARTA station in the middle of the square complex, Decatur is easily

accessible and pedestrian friendly.

Doraville • doravillega.us (770) 451-8745 • Pop. 8,500

Doraville has been growing since 1871, and the city is now very industrially

advanced. Located about 10 miles from Atlanta, Doraville links the city of

Atlanta to the surrounding suburbs. Transportation by four major interstates

that go through the city is easily accessible, and the business climate

is thriving. Two airports, the Dekalb Peachtree Airport and Hartsfield-

Jackson Atlanta International Airport, are within 30 minutes of Doraville.

The Doraville MARTA station provides convenient public transportation.

The people of the community are very culturally diverse and economically

driven.

Druid Hills • druidhills.org • Pop. 15,000

Historic mansions that date back to the 19th century reside in the beautiful

planned community of Druid Hills. Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola,

helped to develop the community that was originally formed by Joel Hurt.

The main campus of Emory University, one of the world’s top research

institutions, is in Druid Hills. In 1975 the parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue

were listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and those parks

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along with the rest of the development are now known as the Druid Hills

Historic District. Four National Register Districts are located in the Druid

Hills community: Druid Hills, Emory Grove, Cameron Court, and University

Park-Emory Highlands-Emory Estates.

Dunwoody • dunwoodyga.gov • Pop. 48,000

Officially incorporated in 2008, Dunwoody is the 17th largest city in Georgia.

Dunwoody has a total area of 13.7 square miles, 80 percent of which is

residential homes, and 100,000 people commute daily to Dunwoody to

work in Perimeter Center. Dunwoody Village is the historic heart of the

community. As late as the 1970s, Dunwoody was mostly farm land. The

area where Perimeter Mall is today was a pasture filled with farm animals.

Perimeter Mall is Georgia’s second largest shopping mall with 18 million

visitors per year. Dunwoody schools are among the best in the state.

Median income for a family is $106,777.

Panthersville • Pop. 9,800

Panthersville is a shopping mecca that offers many opportunities for

residents and visitors. The Gallery at South Dekalb is a regional shopping

center that offers department stores such as Macy’s. Rainbow Village

Shopping Center and Sunshine Shopping Center are two other shopping

centers in the area that provide unique and convenient shopping. A nice

natural attraction in the area is Exchange Park, where people can participate

in recreational activities and enjoy the scenery.

Stone Mountain • stonemountaincity.org (770) 498-8984 •

Pop. 5,802

The town is named for Stone Mountain, the largest exposed granite dome

in North America. Stone Mountain harbors plant and animal life found

no other place in the world. It is also the site of a famous giant carving

commemorating the military leaders of the Confederacy, as well as a state

park and museum, including a steam railroad. The city of Stone Mountain

is also home to the ART Station Contemporary Arts Center and Theatre

Company as well as the Stone Mountain Arts Incubator Program. Median

household income is $50,100. The city has a total area of 1.6 square miles.

Tucker • tuckerga.com (770) 938-1356 • Pop. 28,000

Only 14 miles from Atlanta, Tucker offers family-friendly living with the

amenities of a major city close by. At the center of the community is Main

Street, where local restaurants and shops provide entertainment original

to the area. Tucker Day Festival takes place on Main Street every year, and

people from all over enjoy live music, arts, crafts, food, and a lively parade.

Many beautiful parks decorate the area and allow for recreational activities

that the whole family can enjoy. Transportation to and from Atlanta is easy

via MARTA and major interstates. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Airport and Dekalb Peachtree Airport are both within a very short distance

of Tucker, making travel very accessible.

Power

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Snapping Shoals EMC

(770) 786-3484

ssemc.com

Walton EMC

(770) 267-2505

waltonemc.com

Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321

atlantagaslight.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200

onlygng.com

Infinite Energy Company

(877) 342-5434

infiniteenergy.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Walton EMC Natural Gas

(770) 267-2505

waltonemcnaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Dekalb County Water and

Sewer

(404) 378-4475

dekalbwatershed.com

Recycling

DeKalb County

(404) 294-2900

co.dekalb.ga.us

City of Decatur

(404)377-5571

Dream Sanitation

(800) 835-0212

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

att.com

Cable

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

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Douglas County

co.douglas.ga.us (770) 535-8288

County Population: 136,520

County Seat: Douglasville

Median Household Income: $53,881 Median Home Price: $121,300

Square Miles: 200.37 Millage Rate: 9.9

Municipalities: Douglasville, Lithia Springs and Villa Rica

Nicely situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Piedmont and bordered

by the Chattahoochee River, Douglas County is a very enjoyable and scenic

place to live. The county is about 20 miles outside of Atlanta, so all of the

amenities in the city are easily accessible. Some of the nature attractions

in the county include Sweetwater Creek State Conservation Park, Dog

River Reservoir, and Clinton Nature Preserve. Douglas County is a very

attractive place to live for those who love being in nature while still close to a

large city.

Douglasville • ci.douglasville.ga.us • Pop. 31,269

Douglasville is a unique blend of small-town charm coupled with metropolitan

amenities. The central business district is listed on the National Register of

Historic Places as an historic district. The town of Douglasville was established by

the Georgia General Assembly on February 25, 1875. The city of Douglasville is 20

miles from downtown Atlanta and just 10 minutes west of Six Flags Over Georgia.

The Douglas County Cultural Arts Center holds art shows as well as special events

throughout the year and hosts events for schools across the county. Median

household income is $48,000. The city is 21.5 square miles.

Fayette County

fayettecountyga.gov (770) 460-5730

County Population: 112,000 County Seat: Fayetteville

Median Household Income: $79,066 Median Home Price: $229,500

Square Miles: 194.34 Millage Rate: 6.45

Municipalities: Brooks, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Tyrone, and Woolsey

Named one of the best places to live in the U.S., Fayette County prides itself in

its unique communities and historic landmarks. Peachtree City is an intricately

planned municipality in the county with over 90 miles of pathways for

pedestrians and golf carts that connect every part of the city. The Fayette County

Historical Society displays historical collections pertaining to the Civil War as well

as local genealogical records. Their school system is nationally renowned for

cutting edge academic programs and they have the highest SAT, CRCT and ITBS

scores in the state.They have attracted the movie industry, Pinewood Atlanta

Studios and a 234 acre residential and mixed use development adjacent to it.

Brooks • brooksga.com (770) 460-5730 • Pop. 528

The southernmost community in Fayette County, Brooks is located near a former

Creek Nation village and trading post. The median income for a household in the

town is $65,000, and the median income for a family is $70,625. Brooks’ education

falls under the Fayette County Board of Education. The only public school in Brooks

is Brooks Elementary. Middle school students attend Whitewater Middle, and high

school students attend Whitewater High in Fayetteville, both of which are of recent

construction.

Fayetteville • fayetteville-ga.gov (770) 461-6029 • Pop. 17,516

Fayetteville is proud of its picture-book courthouse, built in 1825 and the oldest in

the state. The courthouse boasts what is said to be the “world’s largest courthouse

bench,” located alongside the walkway to the building. Fayetteville is the county

seat of Fayette County and strives to provide a quality atmosphere for its residents.

Located close to Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,

Fayetteville is ideal for home buyers seeking to live in a residential community that

allows easy access to a major city and excellent transportation. The area provides an

historic atmosphere, along with many community events, excellent neighborhoods,

and high-quality schools. Fayetteville has been referred to as one of the top 10

suburbs to retire and one of the top 20 places for a “budding technology economy.”

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Power

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Greystone Power Corp.

(770) 942-6576

greystonepower.com

Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321

atlantagaslight.com

Austell Natural Gas

System

(770) 948-1841

austellgas.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

Villa Rica • villarica.org (770) 459-7000 • Pop. 16,000

Villa Rica is located only 35 miles from the city of Atlanta. The city has a

total area of 12.7 square miles. Two famous people call Villa Rica home: Asa

Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola, and Thomas A. Dorsey, the gospel music

founder. The first gold strike in Georgia took place in Villa Rica, and the Pine

Mountain Gold Museum allows visitors to walk along the same trails where

the miners walked, pan for gold, and see the museum. Historic Downtown

Villa Rica is filled with authentic architecture as well as unique shops and

restaurants. Median household income is $47,400. The population was

4,134 at the 2000 census. By the 2010 census, the population had jumped

to 13,956.

Power

Cowetta-Fayette EMC

(770) 502-0226

utility.org

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321

atlantagaslight.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

SCANA Energy

Natural Gas

(877) 467-2262

scanaenergy.com

SCANA Energy

Natural Gas

(877) 467-2262

scanaenergy.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Douglasville-Douglas Co.

Water & Sewer Authority

(770) 949-7617

ddcwsa.com

Cable

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Fayette Co. Water System

(770) 461-1146

fayettecountyga.gov

City of Fayetteville Water

Department

(770) 460-4237

fayetteville-ga.gov

Peachtree City Water &

Sewerage Authority

(770) 487-7993

Cable

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

Fayetteville is also home to Pinewood Atlanta Studios, one of the top 5 production

studios consisting of 11 movie soundstages on 700 acres.

Peachtree City • peachtree-city.org (770) 487-7657 • Pop. 35,000

In 1959 Peachtree City was chartered, and the ideas of some real estate developers to

make a planned community started to become a reality. The developers envisioned

villages in Peachtree City that would each have its own schools, parks, shopping centers,

and more. The current villages in Peachtree City are Aberdeen, Braelinn, Glenloch,

Kedron, and Wilksmoor. The city is best known for its 90 miles of multiuse paths for

golf carts, cyclists, and pedestrians. The residents of Peachtree City can easily access the

amenities of their village, and people driving by will almost always see golf carts traveling

alongside the roads. Peachtree City has been referred to as one of the best places to live

in the nation, and the master planned community has won awards for its unique design.

Tyrone • tyrone.org

(770) 487-4038 • Pop. 7000

The town of Tyrone originally belonged to the Creek

Indians before being settled by Irish farmers in the

late 1800s. Some homes built by those first Irish

settlers are still occupied by their descendants. The

name comes from County Tyrone in Ireland. The

town has a total area of 12.8 square miles. Tyrone is

located only 25 miles from Atlanta. The proximity to

Atlanta makes it convenient for residents to access

the many amenities that the large city has to offer.

Estimated median household income is $76,000.

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

uverseonline.att.net

Recycling

(770) 920-3133

celebratedouglascounty.com

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

uverseonline.att.net

Recycling

fayettecountyga.gov

Courtesy of Visit Peachtree City

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Forsyth County

forsythco.com (770) 781-2101

County Population: 221,009 County Seat: Cumming

Median Household Income: $88,816 Median Home Price: $267,300

Square Miles: 224.12 Millage Rate: 4.642

Municipalities: Cumming

Forsyth County has experienced significant population growth and in the last 2

years they attracted over $240 million in capital investment and over 1500 new

jobs were created. Northside Hospital-Forsyth is their largest employer, their

schools boast the highest graduation rate, their SAT scores are the highest in the

metro area and they are ranked the Healthiest County 5 years running. A large

new mixed use project called Halcyon at exit 12 on 400 in under construction.

They are one of the 10 fastest growing communities in the nation, and home

to over 70 international companies and are the 13th wealthiest county in the

nation.

Power

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363

sawnee.com

Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321

atlantagaslight.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Cumming Utilities

(770) 781-2020

cummingutilities.com

Forsyth Co. Water

& Sewer

(770) 781-2160

forsythco.com

Cable

AT&T

(888) 695-3398

uverseonline.att.net

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

Cumming • cityofcumming.net (770) 781-2010 • Pop. 5,532

Cumming is rich in Native American lore, and most of its eastern border lies on the

shores of Lake Lanier, which offers a habitat to the endangered Southern bald eagle

and peregrine falcon. Estimated median household income in 2011 was $34,572.

Cumming encompasses 5.89 square miles. Booming residential development has

been accommodated without harming its many natural resources and attractions.

The Cumming Fairgrounds provide many events for Cumming’s residents, including

the annual county fair, the IPRA World Championship Rodeo, a weekly farmer’s

market, an Indian festival, an annual steam and gas engine expo, yard sales, and a

July 4th celebration. The Cumming Fairgrounds also host events such as Relay for

Life, Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show, business picnics, Laps for Life, and

the Taste of Forsyth.

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Intown

Communities

Ansley Park

Population: 2,113, 0.589 square miles, MHHI $84,000;

Ansley Park is an affluent residential neighborhood and

the first Atlanta suburban neighborhood designed for

automobiles. The neighborhood was completed by

1930 and is 275 acres (1.11 km2) with Ansley Golf Club

bordering the community. It is designated a historic

district on the National Register of Historic Places.

First developed in 1904 by Edwin P. Ansley, Ansley

Park was designed to attract Atlanta’s wealthiest and

most prestigious families and was home to Georgia’s

Governor’s mansion for decades. The Ansley Park

Civic Association is an active force in maintaining the

neighborhood’s character and sense of community.

Atlantic Station

Population: 2,408, 0.683 square miles, MHHI $57,000

Atlantic Station has it all. The community has a

vibrant retail and dining district coupled with office

space attached housing and apartments. Rather than

commuting to work, Atlantic Station residents can work

two blocks from home and shop around the corner.

Visitors from all around the Atlanta metro area shop at

over 35 stores such as West Elm and Dillard’s or poke

into charming shops like Kilwin’s ice cream shop and

Kinnucan’s adventure gear for the outdoors.

Since it’s opening in 2005, Atlantic Station has also

served as the go to spot for entertainment. The

complex houses Regal Cinemas, the annual Skate the

Station ice skating rink and touring acts such as Cirque

du Soleil.

Buckhead

Population: 24,000, 4.7 square miles, MHHI is $95,000

Buckhead is a large, prosperous area with upscale

residential, retail, dining, entertainment and

commercial venue. In addition to one of the most

attractive neighborhoods in Atlanta, it is a major

financial center. The area has high rise office

buildings, hotels, and condominiums are an urban

landscape along Peachtree Road. However, homes in

neighborhoods such as West Paces Ferry and Peachtree

Park are nestled in Piedmont forests.

Cabbagetown

0.141 square miles, Population: 780, MHHI is $65,000

Cabbagetown is a neighborhood on the east side of

Atlanta and adjacent to historic Oakland Cemetery. The

historic district is listed on the U.S. National Register of

Historic Places and is characterized by art and music

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festivals. Art is managed by the neighborhood’s own

Wall Keepers Committee. Stop and check out street

art by La Pandilla and Trek Matthews who painted two

murals at the request of their Living Walls street art

organization.

Castleberry Hill

Population: 2,151, .26 square miles

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and

thriving with retail shops, coffee shops, art galleries,

restaurants, apartments and condos, Castleberry

Hill is in the midst of a renaissance. The unique

urban community has converted early 20th century

warehouse buildings to lofts to house a culturally

diverse group of Atlantans. The area is in with these

old commercial structures being turned into cool lofts.

The proximity to all that Atlanta has to offer is within a

short walking distance and it’s easy highway and public

transportation options are, and will continue to be,

major draws to the area.

Downtown

Population: 26,700 residents as of 2010, 4 square miles

The central business and government district of Atlanta

can be found in Downtown Atlanta. Many Fortune 500

companies can be found near the capital building and

its many federal government facilities. Georgia State

University brings top academics as well as sporting,

cultural and entertainment venues. Only in Downtown

Atlanta can you see whale sharks at the Georgia

Aquarium, the world’s second largest aquarium,

and taste every variety of Coca-Cola at The World of

Coca-Cola. Centennial Olympic Park offers the city a

21-acre public park that hosts millions of visitors a

year and several events, including a summer popular

music concert series and an annual Independence

Day concert and fireworks display. Downtown Atlanta

is currently undergoing a transformation with new

condos and lofts, a renovation of historic buildings and

is attracting many new residents as a great place to live,

work and play.

Grant Park

Population 7,782, 1.7 square miles, HHI $70,000

Grant Park is a residential district, known for its Victorian

mansions and Craftsman bungalows. Grant Park itself

is a 131-acre green space and recreational area and

is the fourth-largest park in the city. Surrounding the

showstopper park are walking trails and Zoo Atlanta,

which attracts millions of visitors per year. The vibrant

community just south of Oakland Cemetery has many

festivals, their own farmers market and many

dining options. The Grant Park Neighborhood

Association represents local residents.

Inman Park

Population: 3,200, 0.547 square miles. MHHI

$70,000

Curved streets, large residential lots and

verdant parks characterize Inman Park.

Established at the start of the 20th century,

the community was built upon the land of

Atlanta’s Civil War battlefield, two miles east

of Downtown. It was Atlanta’s first planned

residential suburb and also Atlanta’s first

electric trolley neighborhood. Restoration and

preservation of the Victorian houses began in

the 1970’s and in 1973 the entire neighborhood was

added to the National Register of Historic Places. The

historic appearance of the district is regulated by the

City of Atlanta.

Little Five Points

Population: 1,000, 0.164 square miles; MHHI $75,000

The hippie hood of Little Five Points is characterized

by street art, apparel shops, eateries, smoke shops,

clothing bazaars, tattoo parlors, a natural food coop,

an indie radio station, independent bookstores,

pubs, and last but not least, a 30-foot-tall skull. As a

neighborhood, Little Five Points is one of Atlanta’s most

walkable neighborhoods, a place to stroll and people

watch.

Midtown

Population: 10,474, 1.470 square miles, MHHI $73,000

Midtown is defined by a concentration of businesses,

residences, hotels, restaurants, cultural, retail

destinations, greenspaces, pedestrian-friendly

sidewalks and safe streets. They have a master plan,

Blueprint Midtown, and serves as a national model for

urban excellence and recently made American Planning

Association’s (APA) list of Great Places in America. One

of Atlanta’s hottest residential markets, Midtown has

150+ restaurants and shops. Midtown residents often

get active at Piedmont Park and the Atlanta BeltLine

Eastside trail.

Old Fourth Ward

Population: 6,442, 0.690 square miles; MHHI $69,000

Recognized as one of the hottest neighborhoods in

America and the 9th best in America, Old Fourth Ward

benefits from the Eastside Beltline Trail, the Ponce City

Market, and their own Old Fourth Ward Park. It consists

of single family residential units and is one of the oldest

residential areas in the City.

Poncey-Highland

Population: 2,666, 0.455 square miles, MHHI $81,000

Named after its location near the intersection of Ponce

de Leon Avenue and North Highland Avenue, Poncey-

Highland is home to the Jimmy Carter Presidential

Library and Manuel’s Tavern, a local political hangout

and one of Atlanta’s oldest taverns. The Carter Center

serves as a nonprofit to address democracy, building,

conflict resolution, human rights, mental health,

among many others.

Virginia-Highland

Population: 14,022, 2.1 square miles, MHHI $110,000

The chic neighborhood of Virginia-Highland near

Midtown boasts beautiful 1920s and 1930s homes

and feels like a small town within the heart of the city.

Many of Atlanta’s top restaurants and bars are located

along tree-lined Highland Avenue, rivaling other top

Atlanta neighborhoods for evening activities. Friendly,

charming vibe with restaurants, bars, trend-setting

apparel, local and global art and decor, whimsical

and modern decorative accessories, natural linens,

gourmet food, and interesting specialty stores can be

found within walking distance of Piedmont Park.

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Fulton County

fultoncountyga.gov (404) 730-4000

Strategically located in the heart of Metro Atlanta; connected by 4 major

interstates and MARTA, the region’s only transit rail system; Fulton County

is the state’s largest county in terms of population, real estate and economic

activity. With 15 unique cities, including the great City of Atlanta; the State

Capitol and major attractions; Fulton County is the political and lifestyle

epicenter for Georgia and the Southeast. Living in Fulton County offers easy

access to the region’s best, from arts and culture events, to premiere sports

and entertainment facilities, to a wide variety of local and international

cuisine and shopping. Visit the nationally recognized Atlanta Beltline; the

new home of the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Alpharetta’s

luxury lifestyle center, Avalon; and Fulton’s many vibrant downtown main

streets from Roswell to College Park. Outside of Atlanta, Fulton County

provides high-quality living experiences with a more suburban feel and

a wide range of single and multifamily residential options. Recreational

choices are abundant, with thousands of acres of parks and green space.

From north to south, Fulton County is a community that offers a little bit of

everything, no matter your lifestyle preference..

Alpharetta • alpharetta.ga.us (678) 297-6000 • Pop. 62,000

Alpharetta is a city in north Fulton County and is considered one of the more

affluent communities in the Atlanta area. According to the 2012 census,

Alpharetta covers an area of 23 square miles. The city was recognized by

Forbes Magazine as the 2009 best city to relocate to and one of the 2013

top 10 friendliest towns. Its historic town square features antique, gift, and

flower shops as well as numerous restaurants. Alpharetta’s North Point

Mall has over 1.3 million square feet of retail, dining, and entertainment

experiences. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre offers residents of

Alpharetta and its surrounding communities entertainment of all sorts. The

amphitheatre has been awarded best new major concert venue and the

best major outdoor concert venue. The new Avalon development is an 86-

acre development with more than 500,000 square feet of retail, a 12-screen

all premium theater, a full-service hotel coming Class A office, single-family

residences and luxury rental homes.

Chattahoochee Hills • chatthillsga.us (770) 463-8881 • Pop.2,610

Chattahoochee Hill Country became a city on December 1, 2007, with the

first elected officials taking office a few days later. On September 23, 2008,

the city was renamed by an ordinance from Chattahoochee Hill Country to

“Chattahoochee Hills”

College Park • collegeparkga.com (404) 767-1537 • Pop.20,000

College Park is known as one of the “sister suburbs” along with East Point

and is approximately 9 square miles. The area has been referred to as “one

of the best places to call home” and has one of the largest urban historic

districts in Georgia. Many colleges and universities are in the area, as well

as the largest independent school in the nation: Woodward Academy. The

city’s proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport makes it

popular with those connected to the expanding aviation complex, as well as

with Atlanta commuters who prefer a small hometown feel with easy access

to big-city amenities. Originally known as Manchester and incorporated in

1895, College Park is also home to Cox College and more than 850 properties

listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town’s avenues and

streets take their names from Ivy League colleges and influential College

Park residents. Notable onetime College Park residents include rapper

Ludacris, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton, and Atlanta

Hawks’ ballplayer Josh Smith.

East Point • eastpointcity.org (404) 765-1014 • Pop. 35,000

East Point is known as one of the “sister suburbs” along with College Park.

East Point is approximately 13.8 square miles. The city has experienced a

great revival in the past few years and is now populated with new residences

and businesses. Many homes from World War II have been refurbished, and

they provide an historic atmosphere for the area. Camp Creek Marketplace

was recently built on the western side of the city, and it offers great shopping

County Population: 1,014,932

County Seat: Atlanta

Median Household Income: $60,246 Median Home Price: $274,700

Square Miles: 526.64 Millage Rate: 10.45

Municipalities: Alpharetta, Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville

Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs

and Union City

opportunities. The Fulton County School System has its headquarters

in East Point, and the school system operates all of the public schools in

the area. Chartered in 1890, East Point grew rapidly in its early years, its

proximity to the railroad and industry buoying its development. Today, the

area continues to grow. The Federal Bureau of Prisons Southeast Region

Office headquarters is in East Point. East Point has the only velodrome in

the world that has a green space and a creek running through the infield.

Football players Reggie Rutland and Jonas Jennings have also called East

Point home.

Fairburn • fairburn.com (770) 964-2244 • Pop. 14,000

Fairburn’s slogan, “History Lives Here,” is evident in the historic downtown

area. With many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places,

Fairburn has a rich culture enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Fairburn covers 7.3 square miles. The downtown Commercial District,

which has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, offers

various commercial buildings and two historic train depots. The center

of the community provides original shopping, entertainment, and dining

surrounded by housing and business opportunities. Fairburn continues to

grow exponentially while retaining its small-town atmosphere. The annual

Fairburn Festival, the Georgia Renaissance Festival, and the Southside

Theatre attract many residents and visitors to Fairburn. This county offers

both the benefits of being in the country and a fast-paced city life.

Hapeville • hapeville.org 404-669-2120 • Pop. 6,500

Hapeville is located six miles south of Atlanta and is adjacent to Hartsfield-

Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It is headquarters for Delta Airlines

and Korean Air Cargo, and Porsche’s $100-million U.S. headquarters

complete with Porsche experience driving track. The city is also home to

the original Chick-fil-A Dwarf House and many hotels serving business

travelers. Hapeville offers many attractions, including the new Academy

Theatre. Residential neighborhoods feature a wide variety of homes,

from bungalows to Chicago style townhouses to lofts and condominiums.

Business will benefit from their commercial Opportunity Zone offering

the maximum tax advantages allowable by the state. The city government

is focused on planning and has experienced significant revitalization.

Hapeville is a designated Main Street City and has an historic downtown

including a Historical Society Depot Museum, the Historic Christ Church and

Carriage House, the Hoyt Smith Conference Center, and many downtown

storefronts. The city features a downtown park and a unique public arts

program, including murals and a flurry of painted butterflies. Hapeville’s

Development Authority develops and promotes trade, commerce, industry,

and employment opportunities..

Johns Creek • johnscreekga.gov (678) 512-3200 • Pop. 82,000

Johns Creek occupies 32.5 square miles in Northeast Fulton County.

Sixty-three percent of the adults have a college degree or better, and the

median home value in Johns Creek is $372,000. It is the tenth largest city

in Georgia. The city was originally a “sacred place” for tribal meetings

between the rival Cherokee and Creek native American Indian tribes. Stateof-the-art

public and private schools are located in Johns Creek, which

are consistently ranked among the tops in the state, and regularly receive

national recognition for academic excellence. High schoolers in Johns Creek

have the highest average test scores in the state of Georgia. The city is also

consistently ranked as the safest in the state and among the safest in the

nation. Alcon, State Farm Insurance, Macy’s Technology Systems, Saia, Inc.,

and Ebix each maintain a large corporate presence in Johns Creek. The city

also includes world-class health care options between the highly acclaimed

Emory Johns Creek Hospital campus and other health care providers. The

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center offers 46 acres of Georgia

woodlands in addition to three other beautiful city parks in the area. The

city is in the process of building out five new parks, which will more than

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double its parks and recreation acreage. Additionally, the city is bordered

by the Chattahoochee River, and includes three National Park Recreation

Areas. For arts and entertainment, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra,

which is a fully professional orchestra, is a major attraction, along with the

Johns Creek Arts Center. Connected by four major interstates and MARTA,

the region’s only transit rail system, Fulton County is the state’s largest

county in terms of population, real estate and economic activity. With 15

unique cities, including the great City of Atlanta; the State Capitol and major

attractions; Fulton County is the political and lifestyle epicenter for Georgia

and the Southeast. Living in Fulton County offers easy access to the region’s

best, from arts and culture events, to premiere sports and entertainment

facilities, to a wide variety of local and international cuisine and shopping.

Visit the nationally recognized Atlanta Beltline; the new home of the Atlanta

Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Alpharetta’s luxury lifestyle center,

Avalon; and Fulton’s many vibrant downtown main streets from Roswell

to College Park. Outside of Atlanta, Fulton County provides high-quality

living experiences with a more suburban feel and a wide range of single

and multifamily residential options. Recreational choices are abundant, with

thousands of acres of parks and green space. From north to south, Fulton

County is a community that offers a little bit of everything, no matter your

lifestyle preference.

Milton • cityofmiltonga.us (678) 242-2500 • Pop. 35,000

The city of Milton became incorporated in 2006 and adopted Fulton County

ordinances. The city covers over 23,000 acres. The city’s vision statement is

to maintain a distinctive community embracing small-town life and heritage

while preserving and enhancing a rural character. The average household

income is $99,412. Milton’s residents are served by the Fulton County

School System. Milton was recently recognized as having the highest quality

of life in the state of Georgia and ninth-highest quality of life in the southern

United States by the Atlanta Business Journal. The city was named after

Revolutionary War hero John Milton.

Mountain Park • mountainparkgov.com (770) 993-4231 • Pop. 576

Mountain Park is an official wildlife refuge, which means that all wildlife,

including birds, reptiles, and animals, in the area are protected. Mountain

Park is less than one mile in total square footage. Despite its small footprint,

it has a wealth of history and is home to Indian Spring, a spring Cherokee

Indians believed had medicinal, life-sustaining value. Braves would leave

their homes in the hills and travel miles to retrieve Indian Spring water for

an ailing Cherokee chieftain. Local lore holds that those who find their way

into Mountain Park and the area of Indian Spring are drawn by the powers

of the healing waters. Interestingly as well, until the 1960s, Indian Spring was

the only source of water for many residents. For more than 25 years before

incorporation in July 1927, Mountain Park largely revolved around life in the

summer cottages of Atlanta’s elite.

Palmetto • citypalmetto.com (770) 463-3377 • Pop. 4,400

Palmetto was established in 1833 as Johnson’s Store and has an area of 5.3

square miles. Palmetto got its current name from a company of soldiers from

South Carolina that were passing through on their way to the Mexican War.

These soldiers were reminded of their state, known as the “Palmetto State.”

Located only 25 miles from Atlanta, Palmetto is a very appealing place for

residents who want to enjoy suburban living while having easy access to a large

city. With an elevation of 1050 feet, Palmetto was actually built on the highest

point above sea level from Atlanta to New Orleans. The area is booming with

business opportunities, especially for entrepreneurs. Two of the parks in the

area are Wayside Park, located on Main Street, and Veterans Park, located on

Park Street. These parks provide relaxing areas for recreation or leisure.

Roswell • roswellgov.com (770) 641-3727 • Pop. 94,000

Incorporated on February 16, 1854, Roswell is 39 square miles. One of the

original settlers of the area, Roswell King, traveled from the Georgia coast

with the hopes of investing in mining. After discovering that this area lay near

the Chattahoochee River, King decided instead to build a major textile mill

powered by the water. The Roswell Manufacturing Co. and the Roswell Mill

played key roles in the development of the town during its earlier history.

Roswell maintains a number of historic homes, notably Bulloch Hall, the

childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, Martha “Mittie”

Bulloch. Also of interest are the Archibald Smith Plantation, the preserved

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home of one of Roswell’s founding families, and Barrington Hall, the home

of Barrington King, Roswell King’s son. For visitors who’d rather spend time

outdoors, the Chattahoochee Nature Center encompasses 127 acres and

offers four nature trails that wind through wetlands and woodlands. The

city has received many accolades such as sixth best place to retire, 18th

safest place in the nation, safest city in Georgia, top 20 cities in the U.S.

with a population under 100,000, and the best place to live in Atlanta.

Sixty percent of adults have a college degree or professional degree. The

city has a AAA bond rating. Average household income is approximately

$125,000. Historic Roswell, founded in 1839, embodies the grace and spirit

of the quintessential southern town. Roswell features a downtown district

of restored landmark buildings that house antique and gift shops, an awardwinning

parks system, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area,

and the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which is home to the Atlanta Wind

Symphony and the Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Sandy Springs • sandyspringsga.gov (770) 730-5600 • Pop. 100,000

Located just north of Atlanta, Sandy Springs has grown to become an urban

center and home to citizens from around the nation and the world. Downtown

Sandy Springs is a nontraditional area that surrounds the nine-story Northside

Tower. The downtown area is where the actual sandy springs that inspired the

name of the city are located. The western district of Sandy Springs is Riverside,

an affluent area that contains mansions on beautiful rolling hills. Perimeter

Center is the business district of Sandy Springs surrounding Perimeter Mall.

Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

are all located in Perimeter Center. The Dunwoody Panhandle is another

affluent area of Sandy Springs, located between the Chattahoochee River and

Dunwoody. Many Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Sandy

Springs, including First Data, Newell Rubbermaid, and the United Parcel Service.

Four Fortune 1000 companies are also based in the city: GenOnev, Wendy’s/

Arby’s Group, Spectrum Brands, and Global Payments, Inc.

South Fulton • Pop.121,000

The City was incorporated in May, 2017 and at the time of this writing it is in

transition of services from the County. The Mayor is Bill Edwards. It is 107.3

square miles.

Union City • unioncityga.org (770) 964-2288 • Pop.21,189

Union City was incorporated on August 17, 1908. Prior to the city’s incorporation,

the Farmer’s Union opened its national headquarters in the area, and the

City takes its name in honor of those farmers. The City is 8.5 square miles, just

15 minutes from downtown Atlanta and 10 miles to

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The average sale price for a

detached home in December, 2017 was approximately $151,000 and the median

HHI is $53, 119. 54% of their land area is undeveloped and they have several

programs to attract business such as their: Tax Allocation District, Opportunity

Zone and Foreign Trade Zone. The Atlanta Metro Studios has headquartered

Power

City of East Point

(404) 270-7096

eastpointcity.org

City of Fairburn

(770)969-3481

fairburnutilities.org

Cobb EMC

(770) 429-2100

cobbemc.com

College Park Power

(404) 669-3759

collegeparkga.com

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Greystone Power Corp

(770) 942-6576

greystonepower.com

Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363

sawnee.com

Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321

atlantagaslight.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200

onlygng.com

Infinite Energy Company

(877) 342-5434

infiniteenergy.com

SCANA Energy

Natural Gas

(877) 467-2262

scanaenergy.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Walton EMC Natural Gas

(770) 267-2505

waltonemcnaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Fulton County Water

& Sewer Billing

(404) 730-6830

fultoncountyga.gov

Cable

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

Fulton County Office

of Broadcast and Cable

(404)-612-8394

fultoncountyga.gov

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

att.com

Recycling

Merk Miles Transfer

Station and Recycling

Center

(404) 629-1700

fultoncountyga.gov

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there on the site of the former Shannon Mall and is one of the nation’s largest

studios. They have an 18 hole golf course, a 25,000 square foot Community

Center is underway, the famous Green Manor Restaurant, a 500 acre senior

housing facility and their Comprehensive Master Plan 2030 has been launched

Gwinnett County

gwinnettcounty.com (770) 822-8000

County Population: 895,823 County Seat: Lawrenceville

Median Household Income: $61,732 Median Detached Home Price: $183,200

Square Miles: 430.38 Millage Rate: 6.826

Municipalities: Auburn, Berkeley Lake, Braselton, Buford, Dacula, Duluth,

Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Rest

Haven, Snellville, Sugar Hill and Suwanee

The second largest county in Georgia, Gwinnett County is a metro Atlanta’s

hub for technology, bioscience and business.. Leading Atlanta’s job creation

for over the past two years and home to many FORTUNE 500 and 1000

companies, Gwinnett County has a wide range of businesses, including

industry giants, international companies and small businesses.

The county offers quality shopping, fine dining, and many beautiful parks.

Home to minor-league affiliate of the MLB Atlanta. Gwinnett County is the

future home of Atlanta Media Campus & Studios, a 5-million-square-foot

complex that will feature six soundstages, classrooms, offices, and multifamily

housing. Entertainment, shopping and recreation include the Aurora Theater,

Infinite Center, Lake Lanier, and the Gwinnett Mall. Their diverse population

continues to grow, with more than 100 different languages and dialects spoken

in households and a student population representing more than 180 countries

across the County. One out of five Gwinnett residents was born outside of the

U.S. It has the l Largest school system in Georgia and the #4 Best High School

in the Country: The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology,

U.S. News and World Report, 2015. They received in 2010 and 2014 the Broad

Prize ,for their Gwinnett County Public Schools. Gwinnett Parks & Recreation

named #1 park agency in the state of Georgia, 2014..

Auburn • cityofauburn-ga.org (770) 963-4002 • Pop. 7,000

Auburn is a relatively small community that strives to focus on the individual

residents while it expands progressively. The city has a good school system,

medical offices, a veterinary office, multiple active service organizations, a

public library system, a museum, and excellent police and fire departments.

James Shackelford Memorial Park is a beautiful recreation area with the

Appalachee River and Sandy Creek running alongside it. The park offers a

camping area, walking trails, and several pavilions. The J.D. Withers building

provides a nice space for small events.

Berkely Lake • berkeley-lake.com (770) 368-9484 • Pop. 1,707

Developed in the late 1940s, Berkeley Lake’s 700-acre lake properties were

primarily used as summer retreats. As permanent residents moved in,

area leaders sought to protect and control development, and the city was

incorporated in 1956. Strict ordinances and zoning have kept the integrity

and intent of the area intact.

Braselton • braselton.net (706) 654-3915 • Pop. 7,900

The world-class Chateau Elan Winery and Resort is a major attraction in

Braselton. Over half a million visitors flock to the winery each year and

enjoy the Chateau Elan golf and residential community. Easy access to I-85

makes the area a great attraction for employment, and it also provides

residents with many entertainment opportunities. Some of the corporate

businesses in the region are PetCo, Tractor Supply, SafeLite, Whole

Foods, Home Depot, Dayton Superior, and Haverty Furniture’s Southeast

Distribution Center.

Buford • cityofbuford.com (770) 945-6761 • Pop. 14,356

Originally a railway depot between Atlanta and Charlotte, the present-day

city of Buford represents far more than just a rail stop. The Buford Dam

not only powers the state, but also provides a great source of recreation

with Lake Lanier Islands. The friendliness of this small town welcomes

new residents and weekend visitors perusing the many shops, restaurants,

and galleries along Main Street Buford. The Mall of Georgia in Buford is

the largest enclosed shopping mall in Georgia and attracts visitors from

all over the state and Southeast. Recreational opportunities are abundant

in the area, and they include swimming, skiing, camping, boating, fishing,

and hiking. More than 10 universities are within a 50-mile radius, and an

independent city school system controls elementary, middle, and high

schools.

Dacula • daculaga.gov (770) 963-7451 • Pop. 4,600

Those wanting big-city access and small-town living are finding Dacula offers

the perfect opportunity. Explosive growth along the Highway 316 corridors

has led many new residents to the area. Convenience to the regional air

services at Briscoe Field provides additional transportation options for the

busy executive. This residential community has built many subdivisions in

recent years to accommodate the growing number of residents in the area.

Duluth • duluthga.net (770)-476-3434 Population 28,000

A culturally diverse and vibrant community, Duluth is a place where families

and businesses can thrive. Now the third largest city in Gwinnett County, it

offers everything to truly capture the spirit of good living. With sidewalks and

bikeways that connect all areas of the city, celebrations such as the Barefoot

in the Park Fine Arts Festival, Duluth Fall Festival, concerts, dining delights,

and multiple entertainment and shopping venues, Duluth is a prosperous

community with small-town sensibilities. Designated a Tree City USA, Duluth’s

residents and leaders work constantly to develop and preserve the area’s

green spaces and expand its many parks. With easy access to Atlanta, Duluth

offers the best of big-city amenities and small-town ambiance. It was named a

Top 10 City for Best American Values by NewsMax magazine.

Grayson • cityofgrayson.org (770) 963-8017 • Pop. 2,700

A growing area of the county, the city of Grayson has numerous city parks

and an annual Grayson Day festival. This city is living up to its slogan-”A Great

Place to Live!” Tribble Mill Park provides Grayson residents with 700 acres of

recreation, including two lakes, trails, biking, fishing, and horseback riding. The

Grayson Arts and History Center preserves the history of the city, showcases

local artists’ work, and holds many cultural events throughout the year.

Lawrenceville • lawrencevillega.org (770) 963-2414 • Pop. 30,500

Lawrenceville is the County seat of Gwinnett County, has a population of

30,000, is 13 square miles and is 30 miles from downtown Atlanta. They

City of Lawrenceville are currently undergoing a resurgence of growth.

Developments and improvements include the College Corridor, the cultural

arts facility, the South Lawn project, the Lawrenceville Housing Authority

project and the City View project.

“The City’s vision is to realize the potential that exists for a walkable urban

environment from Gwinnett’s government facilities to City Hall, from the

square to the Police Station and everything in between. Their desire is to

reflect the diversity of the community with this development, infuse their

core with new residential and complimenting retail and transform the heart

of Gwinnett into a melting pot for the Arts, education and living unlike any

other community has witnessed.”

They have broken ground on a project bringing a Class A mixed-use

residential development to the heart of downtown. The $200 million

mixed-use, town center development is called “SouthLawn,” and it will add

more than 600 residences, more than 15,000 square feet of retail space and

a town green in close proximity to the historic downtown. It will connect

City Hall and the Police Station with the increasingly popular Lawrenceville

Lawn and create a walkable environment that includes the Lawn as well as

the Historic Lawrenceville Square.

This announcement comes on the heels of the City’s commitment to

preserve and redevelop the original 12,000 square foot structure for the

Hooper-Renwick School; work in tandem with Gwinnett County to install a

Library around that location and invest $26 million in the expansion of the

arts complex currently home to the Aurora Theater.

Lilburn • cityoflilburn.com (770) 921-2210 • Pop. 13,500

For Atlantans, Lilburn may best be recognized as the city “just over the

Gwinnett County line.” To those who live here, Lilburn is a quaint and friendly

“small-town” city with a multicultural flair. It is home to a 32,000-squarefoot

Hindu temple built in 2007. The main route of transportation in the

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area is Highway 29, and the railroad also travels through the Old Town area

of the city. A greenway was recently built in the heart of town and is always

a popular spot for walking and biking. Lilburn is 25 miles from downtown

Atlanta. Money Magazine ranked it No. 5 on the “Best Affordable Places to

Live in America”.Their new Downtown Development Authority is creating a

new identity for the City.

Norcross • norcrossga.net (770) 448-2122 • Pop. 12,200

Gwinnett’s second oldest city, Norcross was incorporated in 1870. Preserving

the city’s charm and downtown district are priorities for citizens wishing

to share the architecture and atmosphere with generations to come. The

112-acre Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Convenience to metro Atlanta and award-winning schools has kept families

coming to the area. The city prides itself in its strong community atmosphere

and family values. Many early craftsman cottages have been restored and

offer a warm sense of escape from the hustle of the city.families coming

to the area. The city prides itself in its strong community atmosphere and

family values. Many early craftsman cottages have been restored and they

offer a warm sense of escape from the hustle of the city.

Peachtree Corners • cityofpeachtreecornersga.com

(678) 691-1200 • Pop. 35,000

The city was incorporated in 2012. In the late 1960s, businessman Paul Duke

pitched the idea of creating Peachtree Corners, a planned community to be

constructed in the area that was once known as Pinckneyville. Duke envisioned

a place where people could live, work, and play in the same qualitycontrolled

environment, thus diminishing the need for long commutes. In

1967, Duke initiated the planning of the office component of Peachtree Corners,

Technology Park/Atlanta, a campus of low-rise buildings that would

house low-pollution, high-technology industries to employ, among others,

engineer graduates from Georgia Tech. The median household income is

$59,000, and it is 17 square miles. The Chattahoochee River flows in close

proximity to many beautiful neighborhoods and parks. Canoeing, hiking,

swimming, and biking are everyday activities as temperatures are moderate

most of the year. The Forum is at the heart of the city and a sought-out

destination for dining and shopping.

Snellville • snellville.org (770) 985-3500 • Pop. 20,000

A city of friendly Southern charm on the eastern edge of Atlanta with an

award winning farmers market and easy access to the airport. Distinctly

located in southern Gwinnett’s shopping district on Scenic Highway. The

city offers numerous restaurants, shops, churches, cultural events, schools,

and recreational opportunities. Snellville is known for its entrepreneurial

mindset, being founded by two young London immigrants who started the

Snell Store in the early 1880’s. Come follow the Critter Crawl at City Hall or

attend one of the many events on the Towne Green.

Sugar Hill • cityofsugarhill.com (770) 945-6716 • Pop. 21,000

Sugar Hill has an impressive downtown with a stately City Hall, an awardwinning

outdoor amphitheater called The Bowl, and over $300 million of

private investment set to start construction before the end of the year.

Their newest project - called the E Center - is under construction and when

finished in early summer 2018, it will include a 387 seat performing arts

theater, a multi-use gymnasium and over 40,000sf of restaurant, retail and

office space. Private sector investments on the horizon include a new mixeduse

development called the “ICONIC” that will include a full-service hotel

and conference center, rooftop restaurant, retail, office, a niche’ grocery

store and 60 condominiums; the “NEXUS”, which will bring 300 high-end

luxury rental units and 25 townhomes to downtown; and “Dogwood Forest”

and the “HOLBROOK” which will bring over 300 high-end senior cottages,

independent living apartments and assisted living units to downtown. The

new Sugar Hill Greenway will connect downtown to city and county parks,

neighborhoods and its golf course and stretch 16.5 miles around the city.

Sugar Hill Mayor Steve Edwards proudly embraces their “Go Big or Go Home”

mentality. Residents and guests alike can share photos and stories of their

love of the city on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #InMySweetCity.

.

Suwanee • suwanee.com (770) 945-8996 • Pop. 16,000

A highly educated and skilled workforce is the reason businesses and new

residents are relocating to Suwanee. Easy access to major employment,

shopping, and entertainment centers are other factors in the growth

experienced in this city. Median household value is $266,100. The population

has doubled since 2000. Suwanee has won many awards, including the title of

one of the country’s best small communities and Voice of the People Awards for

Excellence in three different categories (code enforcement, overall city services,

and parks) from the International City/County Management Association and

National Research Center (2013). Kiplinger.com rates the city as the #3 place in

the U.S. to raise children, and Money Magazine rates the Suwanee as among

the top 50 best places to live in the U.S. In 2013, Family Circle magazine rated

the city as among the 10 best towns for families. The area has over 500 acres

of beautiful parks, entertaining events, and high-quality developments. The

Gwinnett County School System is the largest public school system in Georgia,

and it serves the youth of the city with very fine schools.

Power

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Jackson EMC

(770)963-6166

jacksonemc.com

Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363

sawnee.com

Marietta Power

(770) 972-2917

waltonemc.com

Gas

Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200

gasguy.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

SCANA Energy

Natural Gas

(877) 467-2262

scanaenergy.com

Gas Key

(877) 427-1539

gaskey.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Gwinnett Co. Govt.

Department of Water

Resources

(770) 423-1000

gwinnettcounty.com

Cable

Charter

Communications

(888) 438-2427

charter.com

City of

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

AT&T

(800) 288-2020

att.com/u-verse

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

uverseonline.att.net

Recycling

gwinnettcounty.com

Look for the E Center, opening in 2018, which will bring a

performing arts theater, gymnasium, restaurants, retail space,

and a rooftop bar into downtown Sugar Hill. In the mean time,

check out what else makes Sugar Hill such a Sweet City!

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Hall County

hallcounty.org (770) 535-8288

County Population: 187,916

County Seat: Gainesville

Median Household Income: $51,202 Median Home Price: $159,700

Square Miles: 392.78 Millage Rate: 24.43

Municipalities: Braselton, Clermont, Flower Branch, Gainesville, Gillsville,

Lula, and Oakwook

Located in North Georgia, Hall County is a beautiful place to live with a

great quality of life. The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains provide great

scenery, and Lake Lanier is a nice spot for outdoor enjoyment. The county

is a great focal point in Northeast Georgia for education, arts, and business.

Sporting events, recreational opportunities, and friendly residents are some

of the many attractions to living in Hall County.

Flowery Branch • flowerybranchga.org (770) 967-6371 • Pop. 6000

With many historic buildings still intact from the 1800s, the small town of

Flowery Branch has a lovely historic atmosphere intertwined with modern

amenities. A major attraction in the area is Lake Lanier, where residents and

visitors can enjoy parks, camping, boating, swimming, and other outdoor

activities.

Gainesville • gainesville.org (770) 535-6865 • Pop. 35,000

Gainesville, the county seat, is the heart of the region’s poultry processing

industry, but its residential and industrial growth has been steady and high

quality, due in part to its proximity to Lake Lanier. One of the wealthiest

communities outside the metro-Atlanta area, Gainesville serves as a second

home for many prosperous Atlantans with a passion for boating. The parkland

in the area includes 443 acres of beautiful land for recreation and leisure. The

Roosevelt Square and the Roosevelt Monument reside in Gainesville, and

President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself dedicated them in 1938.

Power

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Gas

Atmos Energy

(706) 576-2906

atmosenergy.com

Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200

onlygng.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Cable

Charter

Communications

(888) 438-2427

charter.com

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

att.com

Recycling

(770) 531-7125

hallcounty.org

Henry County

co.henry.ga.us (770) 954-2400

County Population: 211,512

County Seat: McDonough

Median Household Income: $60,424 Median Home Price: $140,300

Square Miles: 322.13 Millage Rate: 12.733

Municipalities: Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough and Stockbridge

Many family activities and sporting events are held in the metro-Atlanta area of

Henry County. Fairs and festivals are common, and they are a great attraction.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway is located in Hampton, and it hosts two major

NASCAR events. The Panola Mountain State Conservation Park is located on

the border of the county, and it surrounds Panola Mountain. Henry County is a

very appealing place to live for those who enjoy outdoor activities and want to

live close to the city of Atlanta.

Hampton • hamptonga.gov • Pop. 7000

Located only 30 miles from Atlanta, Hampton offers close proximity to a major

city while retaining a small community atmosphere. Hampton is home to

the Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Nash Farm Battlefield. It is only a few

hours away from the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains. The city

has maintained many historic homes and traditions. The National Registry of

Historic Places recognizes the 100-year-old train depot, which is open daily for

visitors. Hampton has been coined as a “tree city” and a “bird sanctuary” for

its beautiful natural attractions.

Locust Grove • locustgrove-ga.gov (770) 957-5043 • Pop. 5,600

Locust Grove is being “discovered” by locals as a charming, woodsy community

with affordable housing, a rural feel, and accessibility to downtown Atlanta

via interstate highway. Locust Grove also is home to the Cubihatcha Outdoor

Education Center. In 1999 Henry County’s wetland enhancement and

preservation corridor was created to improve and protect existing wildlife

habitats while also providing a place for public education. The center

encompasses almost 1000 contiguous acres. Situated between three of the

county’s reservoirs, the center protects the diverse fish and wildlife habitats.

McDonough • mcdonoughga.org (770) 957-3915 • Pop.22,500

The county seat, McDonough, contains many historic attractions, including

the Brown House, which was built in 1826 for a man from South Carolina who

fought in the Revolutionary War. The city also has the Shingleroof Campground,

which was a training camp for Confederate troops during the Civil War. The

business district, right outside the beautiful town square, provides antiques,

shops, and dining for residents and visitors. McDonough has a welcome center

in the square that is a 1920s prototype service station, and it is home for Main

Street McDonough and McDonough Hospitality and Tourism. Only 25 miles

from Atlanta and 20 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Airport, residents of McDonough have easy access to every amenity.

Power

Central Georgia EMC

(770) 775-7857

cgemc.com

Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890

georgiapower.com

Snapping Shoals EMC

(770) 786-3484

ssemc.com

Gas

Atmos Energy

(706) 576-2906

atmosenergy.com

Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200

onlygng.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Henry Co. Water & Sewage

Authority

(770) 957-6659

www.hcwsa.com

Hampton City Clerk

(770) 946-4306

Locust Grove City Hall

(770) 957-5043

Stockbridge City Hall

(770) 389-7900

McDonough City Hall

(770) 957-3915

Cable

Charter

Communications

(888) 438-2427

charter.com

Comcast

(866) 942-1341

comcast.com

Telephone

AT&T

(877) 736-0890

att.com

Recycling

(770) 288-6410

co.henry.ga.us

Stockbridge • cityofstockbridge.com (770) 389-7900 • Pop. 26,200

Incorporated as a town in 1895 and as a city in 1920, Stockbridge lies at the

northern part of Henry County. A settlement as early as 1829, it became a

crossroads when it applied for a post office prior to the Civil War. Today, it is

a booming suburb and a crossroads city for Interstates 75 and 675 for those

looking for alternate commuting routes to Atlanta. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

International Airport is only 12 miles from Stockbridge, providing easy access

for travel.

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30701

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30143

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30115

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30506

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30132

30141

30064

30328

30068

30067

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2

30157

30127

30106

30080

30082

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30342

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30305

30345

30053

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30187

30134

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30316

30288

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30291

30296

30297

30273

6

30213

30185

30268

30238

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30214

30236

30290

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30228

30265

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30223

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BELLMOORE PARK

Single Family • Johns Creek

BROOKE FALLS

Single Family • Marietta

BROOKMERE AT JOHN’S

CREEK

Single Family & Townhomes

• Johns Creek

CENTRAL PARK AT

DEERFIELD

Single Family • Alpharetta

CHELSEA WALK

Townhomes • Alpharetta

CRESSLYN

Townhomes • Johns Creek

DUNWOODY TOWNESHIP

Townhomes • Dunwoody

EAST OF MAIN

Single Family & Townhomes

• Alpharetta

HIGHPOINTE AT VININGS

Single Family • Smyrna

RIVER’S EDGE AT ABBOTS

BRIDGE

Single Family & Townhomes

• Duluth

ROSWELL TOWNESHIP

Townhomes • Roswell

SEVEN NORCROSS

Townhomes • Norcross

THE ENCLAVE AT SUWANEE

STATION

Townhomes • Suwanee

THE GLENS AT SUGARLOAF

Townhomes • Duluth

THE PARC AT COGBURN

Single Family • Alpharetta

THE RESERVE AT

PROVIDENCE

Single Family • Milton

THE TOWNES AT CHASTAIN

Townhomes • Sandy Springs

THE TOWNS AT EAST

VILLAGE

Townhomes • Roswell

TRADITIONS

Single Family • Cumming

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