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BALL GROUND

Mayor A. R. Roberts III
PO Box 285
Ball Ground, GA 30107
Phone: 770.735.2123

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Although on the northern edge of a great metropolitan area, Ball Ground retains its own character and uniqueness as a small city where people feel safe and can be involved as little or as much as they desire. An appreciation for history as Cherokee’s second oldest city, recognition of the importance of the environment as Cherokee’s first Tree City USA, and a sense of community such as other places in the Region enjoy is attracting many new residents and businesses to our growing city.

The City of Ball Ground feels so strongly about its commitment to bringing business, services, jobs and new residents to Ball Ground through quality development that it has trademarked its business slogan, “Where We Roll Out the Red Carpet, Not the Red Tape.” Community leaders are committed to all facets of development, from working with an existing landlord to help locate a new tenant and with medical providers to bring a practice to the city, to working with major employers to expand. They understand that, for the business owner, time is money.

That progressive spirit blends perfectly with Ball Ground’s rich history. Local folklore places the community of Ball Ground near fields where Cherokee Indians played stick ball against the Creeks for the prize of a thousand square miles of land. Drawn by the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and abundant streams, early settlers established a vital agricultural community. The community boomed with the construction of a train depot in 1882 to service the Marietta and North Georgia railroad line. Today, Ball Ground continues to thrive.

Ball Ground’s population grew nearly 64% from 1990 (population 905) to 2013 (population 1,482). With convenient access to I-575, this growing community offers a positive business climate and varied residential options. Most jobs are in light industry and agriculture.

Adding to the quality of life in Ball Ground is the quaint historic downtown district. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, and numerous markers through the community highlight the importance of celebrated structures. The community boasts four newly renovated parks and recreation facilities. A 1,200-student capacity elementary school opened in August 2012, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for local youth.

About Ball Ground:

  • The northernmost town to sit completely within Cherokee County.
  • Population: 2,119
  • Located just north of Canton at exit 27 on Interstate 575
  • A Georgia Main Street Community that focuses on revitalization of the central business district, design, promotion and economic development
  • Special events are scheduled throughout the year including the Ball Ground Rocks the Park summer concert series, the Movie in the Park series, and an annual fireworks display.

CANTON

Mayor Gene Hobgood
110 Academy St.
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: 770.704.1500

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In Canton, you’ll find exciting and new possibilities for growth within an authentic, inviting community that deeply cares about the City’s future and unrivaled quality of life. Set conveniently between Atlanta and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Canton offers scenic views of foothills and the Etowah River, which flows through the historic city. Since 1834, Canton has been a vibrant community that is welcoming with charm, progressive spirit and endless opportunities for all with shopping, dining, events, arts and exceptional parks. Canton holds something for everyone.

When it comes to higher education, Chattahoochee Technical College’s Canton campus offers a variety of courses for those hoping to further their education in a technical trade or skill. Reinhardt University, a liberal arts university, is conveniently located with a vast array of academic programs.

Citizens of Canton can find healthcare easily accessible. In 2017, Northside Hospital-Cherokee opened their new replacement facility. The regional hospital includes 105 beds, a multi-specialty Medical Office Building, a cancer center, and a women’s center all on a 50-acre complex. This also carried an economic impact of $280 million in capital investment and the creation of 300 new jobs, bringing Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s employment total to 1,700, the highest employment count in Canton.

Canton has long been the jobs center of Cherokee County. The Canton-Cherokee Business and Industrial Park is home to some of Cherokee County’s largest and most productive companies including Universal Alloy, Piolax Corporation and Playnation Play Systems. Combined, more than 650 people are employed by the existing industries in the Canton-Cherokee Industrial Park. Canton’s Economic Development Office collaborates with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development on bringing in jobs and businesses and fostering entrepreneurship in the city.

When it comes to recreation, the Etowah River Park is an 81-acre park featuring three full-size athletic fields, a canoe launch, an amphitheater, a footbridge over the Etowah River and a trail connecting it to the existing Heritage Park. Heritage Park connects to the G. Cecil Pruitt YMCA which offers recreational and healthy options for its members. The Arts are alive in Canton. The Cherokee Arts Center, the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center, and the Canton Theatre draw thousands into Downtown Canton for myriad reasons. Downtown events and festivals such as First Fridays and the Farmers Market bring in people and families from all over.

About Canton:

  • County Seat and Service Hub for Cherokee County
  • Median Household Income: $50,071
  • Average Home Value: $168,609
  • Voted one of the most charming towns in Georgia by TravelMag.com
  • Recognized as a City of Excellence
  • Designated as a Tree City USA and Main Street City
  • Population: 29,306

HOLLY SPRINGS

Mayor Steve Miller
P.O. Box 990
Holly Springs, GA 30142
Phone: 770.345.5536

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The City of Holly Springs was incorporated in 1906 around the busy train depot established by the Louisville & Nashville (L & N) Railroad. Holly Springs was once known for its “green marble” quarry on the west side of the City as well as a destination for local farmers to ship their goods on the railroad. As metropolitan Atlanta has grown over the past several decades, the City of Holly Springs has become more suburban in character with light industry, commercial establishments, and residential developments.

In 2017, much of the work from the Mayor, City Council and City staff, as well as much of the chatter among locals, has centered on the redevelopment of the downtown area. The Town Center Project (TCP), which will be constructed on approximately 20 acres of property near the intersection of Hickory Road and Palm Street, will include retail units, multi-family, senior living, and single-family detached residential units, as well as City Hall with a town green.

The City of Holly Springs accepted proposals for master development services for the construction of the TCP on March 3, 2017. After evaluating the proposals based on
experience, conceptual development of private and public components of the site and the approach for financing the construction of the infrastructure and buildings, and
conducting interviews with each applicant, City Council selected Stonecrest Homes GA, LLC. The City expects construction to begin in Summer 2018.

The City knew that redevelopment of the downtown area meant that some traffic mitigation efforts would need to be made. The City added a northbound travel lane along Holly Springs Parkway on the north side of the City, realigned Rickman Industrial Drive (the entrance to one of the City’s two industrial parks) and added turn lanes at its entrance and onto Hickory Road from Holly Springs Parkway. Sidewalks and lampposts have been added throughout Holly Springs to improve pedestrian connectivity. The City also has plans to construct a downtown bypass. At completion, the Industrial Connector Bypass will divert traffic from Hickory Road, near the TCP, to Exit 14 off I-575. Future road enhancements include widening the southside of Holly Springs Parkway to four lanes, and adding sidewalks and lampposts.

2017 wasn’t all work and no play! The City makes it a point to offer opportunities to connect with residents and visitors outside of normal day-to-day business. The City continues its Holly Springs 101 class, where residents and local business owners get a chance to meet and interact with City staff on a personal level. Participants learn how City departments function daily and are encouraged to ask questions of City staff to begin an open dialogue about topics covered such as the duties of the City Clerk, Finance, Administration, Police, Fire, and Community Development. Each class meets for four weeknight sessions, and participation is free.

About Holly Springs

  • Population: 12,920
  • Average Household Income: $72,716
  • Median Single-Family Home Value: $219,800
  •  2015-present: Main Street America Accredited Program, National Main Street Center and Georgia Main Street
  • October 2017 – #4 Safest Place to Live in Georgia, 10,000-30,000 residents, ElitePersonalFinance.com
  • October 2017 – #1 Best Places for Young Families in Georgia, NerdWallet.com

WALESKA

Mayor Mary Helen Lamb
8891 Fincher Rd
Waleska, GA 30183
Phone: 770.479.2912

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Located in the northern portion of Cherokee County along State Routes 140 and 108 is the quaint community of Waleska. Home to almost 900 residents – the population increases to 1,250 when residential students from Reinhardt University are counted – the town has a rich history. Settled in the early 1800s primarily by the Reinhardt, Sharp, Rhyne, and Heard families, the community was thriving by 1856 when the crossroads was home to a store, cotton gin, and tobacco factory. A post office was soon to follow, and the town was incorporated in 1889. The name Waleska dates to the mid-1800s when area farmers Lewis Reinhardt and his wife named it in honor of Warluskee, the daughter of a nearby Cherokee chief, to show their sympathy for the Cherokees as they were forced to move west.

Today, the city is home to Reinhardt University, a four-year, coeducational liberal arts institution. Since its founding by A.M. Reinhardt, the school has anchored the town’s economy and added to its culture, most notably through the Funk Heritage Center, which is dedicated to the art and history of Southeastern Indians and European settlers.

Perhaps Waleska’s best asset is the people. The residents of the small, close-knit community pride themselves on caring for and protecting one another. Waleska’s city leaders are working to enhance the inviting feel of the community and to capitalize on the wonderful sense of place a visitor experiences in town. Waleska is also home to the historic Cline’s Store, which was constructed in the 1920s as a general store. Once a place where local residents could purchase all types of supplies ranging from shoes and school supplies to potatoes and horse collars, the nearly 100-year-old building reopened in 2014 as an antique store. The historic feel of Cline’s makes it a must-see for all visitors to Waleska.

About Waleska

  • Incorporated in 1889
  • Accessible via State Routes 140 and 108
  • Population: 963 residents
  • Home to the 134-year-old Reinhardt University

WOODSTOCK

Mayor Donnie Henriques
12453 Highway 92
Woodstock, GA 30188
Phone: 770.592.6000

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Once a sleepy farming village, today’s Woodstock is a vibrant and diverse community boasting a world-class trail system, great shopping and dining options, and neighborhoods perfect for the suburban family all just 30 miles north of Atlanta. Woodstock’s City limits include more than 12 square miles and over 31,000 residents.

Woodstock officially became a city in 1897, but the first settlers arrived in the early 1800s with hopes of finding gold. Mills were then constructed to serve the burgeoning cotton farms. The railroad depot was constructed in 1879 and storefronts followed. The Woodstock Visitor’s Center is housed in an original storefront, Dean’s Store, which opened in 1906.

Today, downtown Woodstock is home to 20+ restaurants offering a wide range of foods, including farm-to-table, fresh seafood, Italian & Mexican cuisine, cupcakes & pies, burgers & hotdogs, and even a food truck-themed restaurant. Stroll through charming downtown Woodstock and shop at over 30 local shops where options abound for stylish clothing boutiques, antiques, an independent bookstore, jewelry, art, and unique gift items. Or visit the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta and shop over 100 name brand stores.

Entertainment is plentiful in Woodstock, with Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, located in the Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock, hosting the annual Summer Concert Series. Musicians such as Mark Wills, the Charlie Daniels Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and more have taken the stage at this new state-of-the-art venue featuring multiple grass terraces and a large main lawn accommodating audiences of over 7,500. You can also catch more live music at Madlife Stage & Studios; which welcomes nearly 300 music lovers for performances nightly Wednesday-Sunday. Entertainment for all ages can be found at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. With the best art and entertainment year-round, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village offers live plays, galleries and art exhibits, camps, workshops, concerts, and improv.

Woodstock has become a destination for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether it is a picnic with the family at beautiful Dupree Park, a walk with your dog at Woofstock Park, or a ride on the mountain bike trails at Olde Rope Mill Park, Woodstock is home to a number of parks and trail systems. In 2018, construction will begin on another nearly 100 acre park located on the east side of the City.

The City of Woodstock Municipal Government provides first class service to its citizens, visitors, guests, and stakeholders. Woodstock Police Department is a State Certified Law Enforcement Agency, while Woodstock Fire Department boasts an Insurance Services Office rating of 1, the best rating possible.

The City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department hosts festivals, holiday ceremonies, parades, and events year round. Additionally, the William G. Long Senior Center is host to a number of activities for seniors within our community.

About Woodstock

  • 2017 Georgia Municipal Association’s Live, Work, Play City Award
  • Ranked 3rd best city in Metro Atlanta to buy a house by Niche.com
  • Ranked among top 100 small cities in the U.S. for working parents by NerdWallet.com
  • Ranked 8th best place to live in Georgia by AreaVibes.com
  • Population: 32,234
  • With over 1,935 businesses in the City of Woodstock, there are many options for careers. Whether you’re a white-collar professional, medically-trained, skilled in industry, or have retail acumen, or you are an artisan at heart, there are employment opportunities for you in Woodstock.