Monday, February 25, 2013
Check out some of the latest business news in and around Stone Mountain and Lithonia.
Here's a roundup of business news happening around the Stone Mountain and Lithonia area: Improving Mountain Industrial Boulevard at Highway 78 The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) has plans to spruce up the Mountain Industrial Boulevard and Highway 78 interchange - and make it a lot safer, too. Design and planning is underway to install street lights at the busy traffic point, which has no night-time lighting, the CID said in a release about the effort. The work will be possible through a grant from Georgia's State Road and Tollway Authority. “The absence of adequate lighting makes this interchange barely noticeable at night,” CID president Emory Morsberger said in the release. “Beyond the safety applications, new …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer says absolutely not.
The position of county CEO has for years been on shaky ground in DeKalb County. Sitting CEO Burrell Ellis has faced questions about the position's necessity in the past and successfully fended them off. But after the district attorney raided Ellis' home as part of an investigation into the county's watershed operations last month, local media and elected officials have questioned whether it might be worth pushing to eliminate the position once and for all. Among many defenses of the position, Ellis has said the CEO position is an effective part of a system of checks and balances to local governance, not unlike the federal government's executive branch. Critics of the position have said the county would be better run with a county manager…
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) and its partners have identified necessary changes that will encourage job growth.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Nov. 15 meeting is the last community input session for its CID's planning effort.
Monday, October 1, 2012
The CID's planning effort is part of the Livable Centers Initiative Study sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
V.I.B. Systems in Tucker says its plant will add production capacity to better serve the North and South American markets.
A business in Tucker located within the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) -- which has a goal of creating 2,000 new jobs in the area by the end of 2013 -- is expanding and hiring six people. V.I.B. Systems Inc.'s growth plans at its Tucker plant were among the successes mentioned by Stone Mountain CID president Emory Morsberger during the district's first public meeting Wednesday to exchange ideas on attracting employers to the corridor. V.I.B. Systems, located on 4661 Hammermill Rd., builds process control equipment for the pulp and paper industry, explained Jack Audas, vice president and general manager at V.I.B. Systems in Tucker. He attended Wednesday's meeting, held at the offices of Eagle Rock Distributing in Stone …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Community Improvement District has added about two more miles to its corridor.
The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) has grown. The CID -- industrial and commercial property owners within a specific area who have agreed to increase their own taxes to pay for various improvements in that corridor -- recently received county approval to expand up to the Gwinnett County line, said the district's president, Emory Morsberger. Before the expansion, the district's area included Mountain Industrial Boulevard roughly from Hugh Howell to East Ponce de Leon and all side streets within that corridor. "We had people from the other parts of the area asking if they could join us," Morsberger said. Now extending up to about Lawrenceville Highway, the Stone Mountain CID has added about two more miles to its area, …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Funding will help the Community Improvement District with long-range planning to bring jobs to that area of DeKalb County, leader says.
The Atlanta Regional Commission has awarded the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District with a Livable Centers Initiative grant of $80,000, the district announced Tuesday. The district is supplying $20,000 in matching funds for the grant. "We hope to assist the Stone Mountain CID as it crafts a strategic vision and helps redefine the area's role in the regional economy for decades to come, " said Dan Reuter, Atlanta Regional Commission Land Use Chief, said in the announcement about the grant. "The Stone Mountain CID is extremely pleased to receive this substantial grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission," said Stone Mountain CID President Emory Morsberger in the announcement. "This funding will help us devise long-range planning …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Here's a roundup of several quotes from articles that appeared in Stone Mountain-Redan Patch Oct.2-Oct.8.
"It was a privilege to watch him grow." -Pastor Michael Shreve of Mountain West Church, officiating at the funeral of Lance Cpl. John R. Wimpey Cagle, a Marine from Tucker killed in Afghanistan. "In economic development, many times perception is reality. If a place is perceived as a great place, then people are more likely to come in. We are not only making it great place, we're making it perceived to be a great place." -Emory Morsberger, president, Stone Mountain Community Improvement District, on increasing security in the area. Full story. “Primarily, what we’re trying to do is add more value, a dinner-and-show kind of deal. So I hope they’ll look at this as a place with a lot of value for the atmosphere, because we feel that our prices…
Friday, October 7, 2011
Uniformed public safety officers will watch over area seven days a week.
The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) is beefing up security in the area by paying for uniformed public safety patrols seven days a week. Plaza Security LLC is providing coverage during the evening and nighttime hours, according to the CID's press release about the new security measures. Off-duty DeKalb County Police officers will also patrol the area. The Stone Mountain CID runs roughly from Hugh Howell to East Ponce de Leon and all side streets within that corridor. "We want people to want to work in our area and we are getting there very quickly. We are reducing crime and we are moving the blight out," CID president Emory Morsberger said. "In economic development, many times perception is reality. If a place is …