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South Metro Development Featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Managing Partner of The Collaborative Firm and Founder of the South Development Michael Hightower wrote an editorial that was featured in the July 24, 2015 issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle regarding the South Metro Development Outlook Conference. The 2016 South Metro Development Outlook Conference will be held Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

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Celebrating South Metro’s ‘vast potential’

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Shaunya Chavis Rucker of FGTV to preside over South Metro Chamber of Commerce awards at SMDO 2015!

The 13th annual South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference will be held on February 18, 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia.

South Metro Development Outlook will culminate with the Lunch and Closing Session. During the Lunch Session, Michael Hightower, Managing Partner of The Collaborative Firm and Shaunya Chavis Rucker, Station General Manager/Anchor of FGTV will acknowledge South Metro Chamber of Commerce Presidents for their contributions to South Metro.

Visit www.SMDOConference.com for more information and register today!

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Hal Clemmer, new President & CEO of Fifth Third Bank to speak at SMDO 2015!

The 13th annual South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference will be held on February 18, 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia.

South Metro Development Outlook will culminate with the Lunch and Closing Session. During the Lunch Session, Michael Hightower, the Conference Host, will acknowledge South Metro Chamber of Commerce Presidents for their contributions to South Metro. Other featured speakers at lunch include Kerry Armstrong, Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and Hal Clemmer, the new ...

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Keith Parker of MARTA to speak on transportation in South Metro at SMDO 2015!

The 13th annual South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference will be held on February 18, 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia. “Transportation: South Metro On The Move” is the theme for Session III.  The Georgia General Assembly is slated to tackle some of Georgia’s most pressing issues, and transportation funding is one of them.  During this session, presenters will take a 10,000 foot view of how the impending legislation may trickle down to the local ...

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Lee Thomas to highlight South Metro’s ‘Thriving Film Industry’ at SMDO 2015!

The 13th annual South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference will be held on February 18, 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia. South Metro’s booming film industry will be the focus of General Session II. This informative discussion will examine Film Tax Credit HB1100, film site selections, jobs, local economic impact, and studio growth.

Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office will moderate. She’ll be joined by Barton Bond, Director of ...

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Mary Ellen McClanahan, Paul Morris, Craig Richard, Al Nash, Chris Pumphrey, and Larry Vincent to round out economic development focus in Session I at SMDO 2015!

The 13th annual South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference will be held on February 18, 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia.   Economic Development will be the focus of General Session I.

Mary Ellen McClanahan, Director of the Georgia Department of Economic Development will lead the panel discussion, which will include: Paul Morris, President and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.; Craig Richard, the new President and CEO of Invest Atlanta; Al Nash, Executive Director of the ...

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Economic Forecast at SMDO 2015!

The 13th annual South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference will  be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia.  It will kick off with an economic forecast by nationally acclaimed economist Roger Tutterow, and a presentation by Doug Hooker, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission providing invaluable information regarding the successes of South Metro, dispelling myths about the region and showcasing the facts.

We will also hear from the SMDO Conference Host ...

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East Metro DeKalb CID

The Collaborative Firm led efforts in the formation of the East Metro DeKalb CID.  WSB-TV Channel 2 did a feature story on the new CID, which highlighted its benefits to DeKalb County.

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Henry County Fairview Overlay and Design Guidelines

Please click the links below to view the Draft Fairview Overlay and Design Guidelines.

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