The City of East Point encourages and welcomes sustainable business development that supports economic growth and improves quality of life for its citizens. East Point is a business friendly city that maintains ongoing dialogue with existing businesses in an effort to maintain a positive business environment.
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Airport Area Chamber of Commerce
Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance
Atlanta Technical College
Camp Creek Business Association
Electric Cities of Georgia
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)
Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA)
Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovative Institute
Metro Atlanta Chamber
South Fulton Chamber of Commerce
UGA Public Service & Outreach
East Point’s Economic Development Department serves as a resource for business recruitment, retention and expansion. The department can help with general “doing business issues” that may arise, as well as, help new or expanding businesses with site selection assistance, potential incentives (including job tax credits) and attractive financing products available. The Department partners with many federal, state, and local business assistance agencies in order to give businesses the best access to resources available.
East Point is an ethnically diverse community formed in 1887 by a citizenry of 16 families. The name East Point was derived from being located at the east terminus point of the former Atlanta & West Point Railroad from West Point, Georgia. It possesses many great attributes including close proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and downtown Atlanta. East Point is approximately 13.8 miles with a population over 35,000. This quaint urban community is home to numerous shops, boutiques and restaurants in the Downtown District, Virginia Avenue and Camp Creek Marketplace, which has over a million square feet of commercial and retail space.
The City of East Point’s prime location Inside the Perimeter (ITP), nestled between all the major interstates, the establishment of a new government center, the re-development of Fort McPherson next door and the availability of numerous retail shops and restaurants make it a viable destination, and an attractive place for a “live-work-play” environment.
- The City of East Point just received its first ever bond rating of “A” from Standard and Poor’s credit agency.
- The Fire Dept. earned an Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating of 1, the highest possible – lowers insurance.
- The Police Dept. is very responsive and has significantly decreased crime each year, for the last three years.
- The Business & Industrial Development Authority is one of the few that were Constitutionally created.
- The Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point is very unique and it is the only velodrome in the State of Georgia.
- The City of East Point has its own private Water Reservoir (Sweet Water Creek), separate from Atlanta’s.
- The City’s also provides water to Hapeville & College Park; Coca-Cola processes it as Dasani bottled water.
- The City of East Point has its own Power Company (thru partnership w/MEAG/Electric Cities of Georgia).
- Our extremely competitive utility rates rival GA Power’s and have remained flat for the last three years.
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COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE
This resource guide has been made available by the City of East Point in an effort to connect East Point residents, schools and area organizations with other local organizations that offer outreach services, assistance(financial/goods/services) and other resources for individuals or entities in need. Only organizations whose services are available to East Point residents, schools or area organizations are eligible to post on this site. Organizations that post to this site are expected to keep their information up to date. The City does not guarantee any information posted on this site as the entities listed self-post the information provided.
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BUSINESS ADVANTAGES & INCENTIVES
- Downtown District Business Benefits: http://www.downtowneastpoint.com/businessownerresources/
- FREE Online Downtown Business Directory Listing: Your business can be listed in the online business directory for free thru a partnership with EPMSA: http://www.downtowneastpoint.com/mainstreetbusinesses/. You can also upgrade your listing in the business directory, complete with photos, logo, hours of operation, link to your website, Google map for directions and much more!
- FREE Business of the Month Article: In partnership with EPMSA, this is a FREE full page profile of your business published in the Downtown Newsletter and distributed to thousands in the South Metro Area. It is archived online: http://www.downtowneastpoint.com/businessofthemonth/.
- Downtown East Point Facebook Page: . If your business maintains a Facebook page, you may post on the Downtown East Point Facebook page (search “Downtown East Point” or “EPMSA East Point”) about upcoming events or promotions you are doing. They have almost 4000 “likes”, so it is a great way to promote your business for FREE!
- Affordable Advertising in the Downtown Newsletter! Affordable advertising for businesses is available in the Downtown Newsletter, starting at just $25/month. See previous advertisers here: http://www.downtowneastpoint.com/downtownnewsletter/.
There are a variety of State and Federal Incentives and Resources available to businesses including Quality Job Tax Credits, Research & Development Tax Credit, DDRLF funds and more! Additional information can be found here: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/georgia-brochures/business-incentives-brochure/2016021701/#0
- Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund (DDRLF): http://www.dca.state.ga.us/economic/financing/programs/ddrlf.asp
The Livable Centers Initiative is a program that awards planning grants, on a competitive basis, to local governments and nonprofit organizations. The purpose of the grant is to prepare and implement plans for the enhancement of existing centers and corridors consistent with regional development policies. It also provides transportation infrastructure funding for projects identified in the LCI plans. East Point’s Department of Economic Development in partnership with Public Works was awarded a nearly $5 million grant to implement many of the plan’s recommended transportation, pedestrian and cycle-related improvements. The design/engineering is underway, and is slated to begin in late 2017.
The City of East Point has its own Power Company (thru MEAG/Electric Cities of Georgia) offering extremely competitive utility rates.
The City of East Point has its own private Water Reservoir (Sweet Water Creek) – so its not dependent on Atlanta’s water supply and can provide abundant water for industrial, commercial and residential needs.
The redevelopment of the City of East Point is an important step in enhancing the quality of life in the city’s downtown and older, established neighborhoods. Creating and maintaining lively and attractive streets and buildings will stimulate investment in East Point’s commercial core, adjoining historic neighborhoods such as Conley Hills and the major corridors – Main Street, Cleveland Avenue and Washington Road – that lead into and through the heart of the city. There are many factors that point to a positive future for the City of East Point. As with other older revitalizing urban areas, there exists a sense and continuity of place and community. There is a sufficient amount of social and physical urban fabric that remains intact to serve as a basis and guide for revitalization efforts. Recent demographic patterns show a renewed interest in urban living as a preferred lifestyle. This has resulted in land use and behavioral changes aimed at reducing the reliance on the automobile and re-establishing pedestrian-oriented places. New economic sectors, such as the digital and communications industries are providing additional markets for the rehabilitation of underutilized or abandoned buildings and properties, such as are found in the East Point Corridors TAD area.
The foundations for this East Point Corridors Redevelopment Plan and Tax Allocation Bond District can be found in several recent plans, much of which is incorporated into this TAD Redevelopment Plan. In addition to the City’s own 2006 Comprehensive Plan Update, this TAD Redevelopment Plan relies heavily on two recently completed studies: (1) the 2005 City of East Point Livable Centers Initiative Report prepared by Pond & Company in association with The Collaborative Firm, Sizemore Group and Market+Main; and (2) the 2006 Cleveland Avenue Corridor Study: Masterplan prepared by Urban Studio, Inc. in association with WK Dickson & Co., Inc. and Iteris, Inc. The 2005 East Point MARTA Development: Real Estate Development Methods study prepared by the East Point MARTA Development Consultants team was also reviewed.
JOB TAX CREDITS
On August 20, 2012, Commissioner Gretchen Corbin of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) awarded an Opportunity Zone designation to the City of East Point (view map here). This designation means that any business, existing or new, within the Opportunity Zone which creates at least 2 new jobs on or after January 1, 2012, is eligible for a Job Tax Credit of $3,500.00 per job. The credit may be applied against Georgia income tax liability and state payroll withholding for 5 years, beginning with the tax year in which the new jobs were created. Opportunity Zone Interactive Map
- Create at least the minimum number of jobs to become eligible.
For an overview of the eligibility requirements and claims process, please read this Program Overview.
- Complete part one of the Opportunity Zone Certification and send a signed copy to Jennifer Fine (contact info below). After review by the Georgia DCA, the requesting business and the East Point OZ coordinator will each receive approved copies of the certification.
- Complete Form IT-CA (2012) to determine the amount of Job Tax Credit that may be claimed. The credit must first be applied against your corporate income tax liability. Any excess credit may be carried forward to future tax years or applied against your Georgia Withholding Tax liability.
- To claim credit against withholding, file Form IT-WH with the Department of Revenue at least 30 days prior to filing the Georgia Income Tax Return on which the credit will be claimed.
- File the Georgia Income Tax Return by the due date (or extended due date) along with a completed Form IT-CA (2009) and a copy of the accepted Opportunity Zone Certification to claim the Job Tax Credit for the Opportunity Zone.
- The Department of Revenue will send a letter to the business within 90 days of the date the Georgia Income Tax Return was filed stating the amount of credit available to claim against withholding taxes and when the business may begin claiming the credit.
The City of East Point has LDCT’s which qualifies businesses that are located in those districts eligible to apply for Tier 1 level job tax credits ($3500-min. 2 jobs).
East Point is located in a Tier 3 County which qualifies businesses to apply for Tier 3 level job tax credits ($1750 – minimum of 15 eligible jobs created) offered by the State.
The City of East Point recently adopted its first ever “Small Business Incentives Program” which offers a variety of benefits for new and existing businesses. The benefits range from permit and license fee waivers to tax and utility discounts. The program is designed to help small businesses and entrepreneurs lower the cost of doing business. The goal is not only to help businesses get started, but to help them grow and become successful small business enterprises. A small business, for the purpose of qualifying for these programs/incentives, is defined as a business with 9 employees or less. Small Business Incentive Program Brochure
- SBA- Small Business Administration, www.sba.gov
- SBDC – Small Business Development Center, https://www.georgiasbdc.org/
- SCORE – https://www.score.org/
- GA State Small Business Credit Incentive (SSBCI): http://www.georgia-ssbci.org/default.html
- GA Tax Center: https://gtc.dor.ga.gov/_/#1
- Dept. of Revenue: https://dor.georgia.gov/
- East Point Library Business programs each month: http://www.socialweb.net/Clients/AFPL/eastpoint.lasso
- Additional Business Services & Programs
The Small Business Symposium is an annual Business Retention and Expansion Program (BRE) designed to educate current and potential East Point businesses about programs, financing products and other resources. The symposium features multiple panels of experts from State and local agencies providing information of interest to local businesses.
The City of East Point is an active member of many business associations throughout the City. We encourage businesses to join these organizations for business development assistance, networking purposes and also a way to meet/greet fellow business owners in the City.
The Airport Area Chamber of Commerce (AACOC) is dedicated to the promotion, development, and growth of business and professional activities within the airport area. The AACOC actively supports all undertakings designed toward these objectives through advertising and encouraging expansion to promote the airport area as a desirable place to live, work, and prosper.
As the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is a primary driver of metro Atlanta’s Economy. The Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance aims to transform the airport vicinity into a world-class Aerotropolis, making the area more attractive to international corporations, logistics companies and others that can benefit from proximity to the world’s busiest airport. The Alliance is comprised of businesses, local governments, nonprofits and other interested parties located in the general ATL area.
Our services provide resources for individuals, business, industry, government, and professional groups desiring to supplement their in-house training and workforce development initiatives. The programs offered through this division are fully coordinated with you, the business customer, and flexible to accommodate shift schedules and location. Most programs can be offered at your business location, and convenient to the workforce involved in the training.
The Camp Creek Business Association (CCBA) was established in 2013 for the purpose of bringing quality businesses to the Camp Creek Area. CCBA is comprised of Camp Creek Market Place business owners and managers.
Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG) prides itself in offering economy of scale resources with its Economic and Community Development services. It is committed to the development and promotion of the ECG participant communities through its world class marketing, sales and professional development services. ECG’s statewide Economic Development efforts allow the organization to be a full partner with its communities and the state of Georgia in identifying high growth domestic and international businesses through industrial and commercial recruitment.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, aligning workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.
Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) is Georgia Tech’s business outreach organization and serves as the primary vehicle to achieve Georgia Tech’s goal of expanded local, regional, and global outreach. EI2 is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based program of business and industry assistance, technology commercialization, and economic development. When compared to counterparts at other universities, EI2 is unique because we bring all of these areas of expertise into a single organization and are able to connect our clients to more than one program or service to meet your individual needs.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) serves as a catalyst for a more prosperous and vibrant region. To advance economic growth and improve metro Atlanta’s quality of place, MAC is focused on starting, growing and recruiting companies to the 29-county metro Atlanta region. The Chamber is also focused on expanding the region’s innovation economy by promoting and strengthening connections to drive Atlanta’s innovation and entrepreneurial culture. MAC is committed to being an active voice for the business community, serving as an advocate for a competitive business climate and telling Atlanta’s story.
The South Fulton Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for over six decades. Environmentally and business-friendly, South Fulton County is one of the safest major communities in the Atlanta area boasting a phenomenal list of assets that includes serene sights and destinations as well as celebrated restaurants and lively city centers.
UGA is a national leader in university outreach with faculty, staff and students in all of UGA’s schools and colleges contributing to Georgia’s short- and long-term prosperity. In addition, eight Public Service and Outreach units focus specifically on serving Georgia. Learn more about UGA’s Economic Development StartupGA
BUSINESS SERVICES & PROGRAMS
The 8 @ 8 Corporate Business Meetings are a Business Retention and Expansion Program (BRE) co-hosted by the Department of Economic Development and the City Manager’s Office. Each month, a different group of eight East Point business owners or organizations are invited to an informal breakfast with the City Manager and various City Department directors to discuss issues, ideas, successes and other topics of interest.
- Community E-Newsletter: You can list monthly specials and upcoming events/programs in the monthly Community E-Newsletter for FREE by sending an email with the details (flyer, “blurb”, etc.) ideally 30-45 days prior to the month of desired distribution to the community!
- FREE Help Wanted postings in the Newsletter! Your business can list “Help Wanted” postings for FREE by sending an email with the details!
- FREE Real Estate Listings in the Newsletter! Any commercial space you have for lease or sale in the downtown area will be
listed for FREE in the Downtown Newsletter.
- Downtown Events/Festivals: If you would like to participate in upcoming events to sell merchandise, promote or advertise your
business to the community, or to inquire about sponsorship, please check out: www.downtowneastpoint.com.
- Tri-Cities Business Networking Events: The Tri-Cities of East Point, College Park and Hapeville Economic Development staff
joined forces to coordinate a series of business-to-business networking events throughout the year for merchants in the Tri-Cities
area. They are free to Attend. Simply email email@example.com to find out when/where the next one will be hosted!
If your business is planning a grand opening celebration or a re-opening celebration, the Economic Development Department can help publicize your event by promoting it in the monthly E-Newsletter that is distributed to an extensive distribution list, including the community stakeholders, residents, elected officials, businesses and the media. Your invitation will be distributed to Mayor, Council and the community. Special ceremonial ribbon and large scissors for photos can also be provided for your event. Please coordinate this 6wks+ in advance.
The Real Estate Development Forum is a designed to inform current investors and developers about how to do a successful development in East Point. Incentives and available properties are highlighted, and attendees benefit from experts in the development arena discussing current trends that prove beneficial to developers wanting to conduct business in East Point.
The Economic Development Department serves as an invaluable resource for businesses wanting to relocate to East Point. Our extensive knowledge of the area enables us to provide recommendations of areas best suited for your respective business. For additional information contact the Economic Development Department at (404) 270-7057.
The Tri-Cities Networking Series is an initiative of the Tri-Cities East Point, College Park and Hapeville Departments of Economic Development. The series was created to promote business to business networking in the Tri-Cities area. Each city takes a turn hosting the event throughout the year and features local businesses/restaurants. The event is free, and provides a great opportunity to meet fellow businesses while promoting doing business within the local economy.
The Camp Creek Business Center is located in the comprehensive Business Park of the City of East Point off 1-285.The development is accessible via two highway exits- Camp Creek Parkway and Washington Rd thanks to the main north/south road in the park: North Commerce Drive. From 285 you can easily connect to with three other major interstates – I-20, I-85, and I-75 within minutes. It currently has 2.9 million square feet of industrial and office space developed plus the capacity for an additional 2.0 million square feet. To date, Camp Creek Business Center has created more than 1,500 jobs. With more than 1.2 million people between the peak employable ages of 20 and 64 within 30 minutes of Camp Creek Business Center, businesses are solidly positioned to have the workers they need for a successful.
If you are looking for ideally located, quality warehouse or office space in the Atlanta-metro area, turn to Duke Realty and the Camp Creek Business. Not only do we have a premier portfolio of existing properties, we have acreage to support up to 2.0 million square feet of new space. Plus, we provide the highest –quality care and service, making sure your space is right for your business and well maintained.
Camp Creek Shopping District is at Camp Creek Parkway and I-285 – it is East Point’s vibrant shopping area, with a variety of shops and restaurants on both sides of the Parkway. This area along Camp Creek Parkway is East Point’s/South Fulton County’s largest retail district. There is a total of 1.2 million square feet of retail space at this location. Camp Creek Marketplace is 98% occupied with in-line retail lease rates over $25/sf. It is also the 2nd most successful TAD development in the State of Georgia.
- Camp Creek Marketplace – The northern side of the Parkway is Camp Creek Marketplace which is anchored with a Target, BJ’s, Lowes and a cluster of retailers like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Five Below, as well as, a variety of high producing restaurants.
- Camp Creek Pointe – The southern side of the Parkway is the Camp Creek Pointe development which houses hotels, more shops and fast food restaurants.
Lawrence Avenue Industrial Park is flanked on the northern section by Arthur Langford Parkway and Connally Drive on the southern section of the park consisting of 200 plus acres of land. The strength of Lawrence Avenue has been maintained by the manufacturing company of William C. Meredith since 1921. William C. Meredith Company has been family owned and operated since its inception. Today, our primary business is manufacturing and supplying Pentachlorophenol treated poles to Bell South, Verizon, Forest Technology Sales, and many electric utilities and municipalities throughout the Eastern United States. Our East Point plant is located adjacent to Norfolk Southern Railroads Industry yard and is serviced by daily switching.
Oakleigh Industrial Park is also flanked by Lankford Pkwy which connects people to the heart of Atlanta’s fastest growing economic boom in the Television and Film Production industry. EUE/Screen GEM Studios, a 10 Stage, 33 acre Atlanta Studio Complex, is one mile off of Lankford Pkwy on the east end of the parkway, whereas; Tyler Perry Studios is a 60 acre, 5 sound stage campus holding down the west end of the parkway. The strength of this park is PPG architectural coatings plant produces latex and oil-based paints for residential and commercial architectural finishes under the Olympic®, PPG Pittsburgh Paint and Glass®, and Lucite® brands. The plant also manufactures coatings for the protective and marine, automotive refinish and industrial markets. The plant began its East Point operations in 1952.
McDonald Development Company is a privately owned industrial real estate development company that was founded in 1988 and has developed over 10 million square feet of real estate. The company specializes in developing industrial real estate across the southeastern United States. McDonald Development Company is headquartered in Atlanta. The company developed the Southmeadow Business Park on Welcome All Road near Camp Creek Parkway in East Point, GA. McDonald Development Company has owned the property for over 25 years and has proudly been a part of bringing companies to the area, including Porsche, the Georgia Department of Revenue, Medical Depot and Martin Brower. McDonald Development Company still owns 150 acres to be developed within the Southmeadow Business Park that can accommodate individual users up to 1 million square feet.
The Willingham Industrial Park’s main road is Central Avenue. This major corridor and a key road connects East Point to Hapeville, Atlanta, and I-85. The industrial uses here include automotive repair shops, warehousing facilities, manufacturing and recycling). These character areas might come with special zoning concerns but are major employment and economic providers for the city. With excellent access to major transportation infrastructure, these industrial areas will continue to be important economic assets and employment centers.
A city’s Downtown is a reflection of how a community sees itself. When large industries consider a location, one key factor they look at is the Downtown area – is it alive and viable? The Downtown District is often a major tourist draw as well. Heritage tourism has increased substantially across the U.S. because people are naturally drawn to the character and history of the Downtown Districts. In addition, the Downtown District is the pulse of the City. It is typically where you will find the City’s government buildings, like City Hall, law enforcement, library and the post office, as well as, other institutions like banks and churches. It is also a critical employment center, in many cases, serving as an incubator for start-up small businesses. A successful Downtown offers a variety of businesses and institutions, as well as, a residential component and gathering space for special events and recreation. All of these components create an attractive, successful live, work and play environment!
Although there is still much to be done in East Point’s Downtown, great milestones have been made because of the City’s focused commitment to revitalize the Downtown District. The City is a proud Georgia Main Street Affiliate community certified thru the State’s Georgia Main Street office and the National Main Street Center. This program is facilitated by an Economic Development Specialist with a focus on the Downtown District. Additionally, the City has an Economic Development Director, Senior Planners, Downtown Architectural Review Board (DARB), the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the East Point Business and Industrial Development Authority (BIDA), who all play a part in the revitalization of the Downtown District. In addition, the East Point Main Street Association, a local non-profit whose mission statement is the revitalization of the Downtown District, partners with the City of East Point on many initiatives to further this goal. Working together, they all have a role in the success of the Downtown District. For additional information on Downtown happenings and resources, visit the Downtown East Point website and “like” the Downtown Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownEastPoint/.
The City of East Point has a rare, historic industrial district. See the map of the historic district here: Industrial Historic District Map
East Point’s Downtown District is like the “heart” of the City, and it is a central gathering area that speaks to the history and future of East Point. The link below provides access to the Main Street Business Directory
The Economic Development Department co-hosts a meeting with the Police Department on the first Thursday of every month from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, at Kupcakerie, 2801 East Point Street. It provides businesses an opportunity to learn about programs that may be beneficial to their respective business, discuss potential issues and needs, and engage in dialog regarding public safety concerns with the East Point Police Department and network with other businesses.
PLANS & STUDIES
The Strategic Economic Development Plan (SEDP) provides City leaders an objective assessment of East Point’s competitive position in attracting new business. It identifies potential opportunities East Point may have in specific industries, and locations within the city limits. The plan provides a road map for the City to succeed in attracting private investment within an extremely vibrant and competitive regional market.
In the fall of 2012, East Point completed a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan and Market Feasibility Study for two nodes along US 29 (Main Street) envisioned as catalyst redevelopment sites located near the East Point and Lakewood/Ft. McPherson MARTA stations. This plan details the immediate opportunities in the Downtown corridor and the City’s vision to recruit signature mixed-use projects that capitalize on the area’s existing quality housing, access to MARTA, and major employment centers.
TOD Market Analysis
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East Point, GA 30344
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