Location and Office Hours
509 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Economic development requires us to work closely with commercial property owners, business owners and developers to assure that all of our commercial districts are functioning at their highest and best use, contributing to the city’s tax base and helping us achieve the community’s vision and goals. We work to actively market our city, recruit new businesses and help existing businesses thrive. Our job is to match investors and business prospects with property owners to make sure that new developments meet our goals and that new businesses are a good match for community needs. We look for businesses that fill identified gaps in the tenant mix, complement existing businesses and generate traffic downtown. We also work to make sure that key buildings are occupied. We maintain current demographic information, analyze market forces and maintain a database of property owners and available properties. Having a solid plan and the necessary data to support business recruitment and commercial development allows us to take advantage of unanticipated opportunities.
The city’s economic development goals include encouraging a healthy mix of commercial, retail, restaurant and residential uses within our commercial districts. Ideally every neighborhood in Decatur will have access to retail and restaurant opportunities within easy walking distance and commercial districts are developed to encourage more pedestrian activity and less dependency on automobiles. Private businesses should exist along with government services, non-profit organizations, institutional uses, retail and restaurant uses and downtown residential options. A well designed commercial district is one in which pedestrian connections are easily made and reliance on automobiles is minimized. In order to be truly self sustaining, Decatur needs to focus on recruiting more commercial tenants into its commercial districts and increase employment opportunities within the city. However, the city also has good access to downtown Atlanta, Midtown, Emory and the Clifton Corridor employment centers via MARTA and the CCTMA shuttle and these locations will continue to be important job centers for our residents.
Assistant City Manager
Community & Economic Development
Chief, Civic Engagement, Education and
|Lee Ann Harvey
Lifelong Community Coordinator