North Fulton County: On the Move
Hospitality, high-tech and high-style
North Fulton’s cities have become such destinations that even on a Saturday morning the roads are packed. Once they arrive, residents and visitors fill the sidewalks of Alpharetta’s Avalon, Roswell’s Canton Street and Milton’s Crabapple area, where restaurants, shops and spas await.
The high-traffic area got some big news earlier this year, however, when Gov. Nathan Deal announced plans to spend $100 million to create four bus rapid transit (BRT) interchanges along 16 miles of Ga. 400. The interchanges are part of the $1.8-billion express lanes project around the traffic-clogged roadway that the state expects will shorten delays by 18 percent – equating to saving people 20 to 25 minutes daily – by 2030. The BRT announcement and other major transportation projects are creating a collective excitement among North Fulton economic development and city leaders, including new mayors in both Roswell and Alpharetta. They see solutions for the current congestion woes that will appeal to corporations and startups.
“The announcement and the idea that this is coming to fruition is such a positive thing,” says Kali Boatright, who in April joined the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce as president and CEO. “But it’s a matter of collaborating now. It’s going to be all of us working together to make sure that we are an excellent example, if you will, especially with this amount of money that the governor has decided to invest up Ga. 400.”