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Georgia senator speaks at Milton Business Alliance
by Eva Woghiren
nfulton@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / Eva Woghiren<br>From left, Louise Robinson, Sen. Brandon Beach and wife Shuntel Beach, and membership chair Andy Jordan attend last week's Milton Business Alliance meeting.
Staff / Eva Woghiren
From left, Louise Robinson, Sen. Brandon Beach and wife Shuntel Beach, and membership chair Andy Jordan attend last week's Milton Business Alliance meeting.
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District 21 State Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, appeared as guest speaker at the June 20 Milton Business Alliance meeting.

Beach, who also serves as president of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, updated the members of the organization on the economic development of the city of Milton as well as future plans for the state.

“When I ran for Senate, I ran on a jobs, jobs, jobs platform because we need to have jobs,” Beach said.

Three years ago the chamber created an organization within the group called Progress Partners, the economic development arm.

According to Beach, since then they have made fundamental decisions that have helped job growth in the city.

Beach mentioned several large companies, such as General Motors and HP, that have created more than 100 jobs in the community.

He also talked about the housing market in the area and how it is affected by schools.

“People want to live in the Milton school district because of our schools,” Beach said. “As long as we have good schools we are going to be able to sell our houses.”

Beach said because of Milton’s infrastructure, schools, quality of life and public safety, the city is able to recruit companies to the area.

In regard to state level development, Beach talked about the expansion of the Savannah port and how it affects Milton.

When Progress Partners did their inventory, they recorded a million and a half square feet of class-A office space of logistic companies in north Fulton coordinating all the routes for trucks.

“The Savannah development is going to play a big part in us continuing to be the logistics capitol of not just the Southeast, but the Eastern seaboard,” Beach said.

“So we are investing a lot of money in that because it will be good for jobs.”

Lastly, Beach talked about his most recently initiated development plan.

The study of transit passed in the Senate the week he was elected.

Beach said he does not want to expand the transit system, but build the communication between each one in four large counties: Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb.

“We have a fragmented transit system now,” Beach said. “If you wanted to take transit from Kennesaw State University to Gwinnett Arena, you could fly to New York faster.”

The long-term goal of Beach’s new committee is to look at the situation from a consumer standpoint to make travel more user-friendly and eventually rebrand MARTA.

Now at 87 members, the alliance has the goal of promoting business in the city. The organization meets once a month and features prominent guests speakers, who encourage the members.

For more information on the alliance, contact membership chair Andy Jordan at (678) 298-1610.
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