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College Park closes 2012 on high economic development note
by Nneka M. Okona
December 27, 2012 10:55 AM | 1099 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As 2012 reaches its tail end, College Park city officials have quite a bit to reflect upon as far as economic development is concerned.

The city touted several accomplishments throughout the year, beginning in January with the influx of new businesses to the Main Street downtown area.

“A big win for us in the past year are the number of new businesses that have come into downtown in an area where we have had a lot of vacancies,” said Barbra Coffee, director of economic development.

“Between Rugby and Walker streets, we are 100 percent occupied.”

Other accomplishments included the groundbreaking of Buckhead Beef of America, the growth and development of Club Entrepreneur and the opening of Hotel Indigo.

Buckhead Beef of America relocated its operations to College Park, bringing roughly 175 employees to its new home base.

The growth and development of Club Entrepreneur, according to Coffee, signals a growing number of local business owners in the area.

“[Club Entrepreneur] is going to be a home for entrepreneurs form all over the region,” said Coffee.

“We want them to come to the city to meet and network with other business owners.”

The office space will feature collaborative work space as well as shared office space and work equipment.

A café in the fashion of a coffee shop will also be located on site.

Hotel Indigo opening its doors July 12 was another step in the right direction for the city.

“They are our first walkable hotel in the city,” said Coffee.

“It offers a glimpse for what the future is for our downtown area — to add density as we develop retail, hospitality and residential.”

Coffee is hopeful about the year ahead.

“It is going to be another exciting year in 2013,” she said.

“We are laying the groundwork for a lot of great things that are going to happen.”
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