AJC Coverage - North Fulton leaders visit North Carolina to see economic development strategies up-close
NORTH FULTON COUNTY
By Adrianne Murchison, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The mayors of Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Milton were among a group of 30 government and business leaders who traveled to communities in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina to see how they manage and attract economic development. The Greater North Fulton Chamber led the April trip to Raleigh, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, a 7,000-acre site that is home to more than 300 companies.
Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin said the trip was an opportunity to see how communities similar to north Fulton collaborate and address workforce needs that arise with business development, including transportation and housing.
“There are several counties up in that corridor that work together well,” Gilvin said. “North Fulton has a tremendous reputation around the world, but we really haven’t done a good job of collaborating and marketing it as a region. (We do that) as individual cities.”
Kali Boatright, president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber, said north Fulton cities compete with the Raleigh, Cary and Research Triangle Park for economic development.
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