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July Monthly Luncheon

Speaker:Max Bacon
Smyrna State of the City 


Thursday, July 14, 2016, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
@ Smyrna Community Center

After devoting six years to Smyrna’s City Council, Mayor Arthur Max Bacon was first elected to his post in 1985.

Since then, the first phase of the redevelopment of Smyrna’s downtown district was completed in August 1991. The Municipal Services building was completed and occupied in September 1996; the Public Safety/Jail facility was completed and occupied in September 1997. Also completed is the new Fire Station headquarters on Atlanta Road, a replica of the old Smyrna train depot, which is the home of the Smyrna Museum, and the restored Aunt Fanny’s Cabin, which serves as the City’s welcome center. The Smyrna Market Village, the final phase of the 15-year master plan, opened with great success in October of 2002. In 2006, after a two-year process, approximately 70 percent of apartments properties identified as suitable for redevelopment in Smyrna are have/and will be complete. Between 2006 and 2009 redevelopment of the former privately owned Brawner psychiatric facility and grounds took place under his guidance.  Now known as Taylor-Brawner Park and Brawner Hall, this example of quality public passive park space and facility rehabilitation and adaptive reuse as office and event space is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with Taylor-Brawner House. Plans for the property at the intersection of Atlanta Road and Spring/Concord for the site of the former shopping center known as Jonquil Plaza began construction in early 2016 with coordinated tenant development with the former Belmont Hills Shopping Center site at the intersection of Atlanta Road and Windy Hill Road. Now known as The Village at Belmont / The Shops at Belmont and Alta at Belmont, the new mixed-use development is expected to be substantially complete in September of 2016. The Belmont area redevelopment, under Bacon’s leadership, includes the addition of the new Smyrna Elementary School (a Cobb County Schools facility) along with other connectivity and transportation improvements along the corridor. Most recently under Bacon’s leadership, the Smyrna Vision Process - a 10-year citizen-driven plan and process for community growth and cultural development -  began and has moved into the implementation phase. Notable advancements in the process include the creation of the Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council which is independent of municipal government and remarkable gains in community involvement in the public schools within the Smyrna area.


July 14, 2016: Social Media Advertising

Your Host: Jason Schneider - Zimpco Media
Learn the latest in social media engagement, see effective SMB strategies and how to get started promoting your business with social channels.

Morning Business Roundtable

Each attendee makes a one minute presentation about their business and one will give a seven minute presentation on a business or business-related topic.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 
8-9 am @ Locanda Firenze Cafe
1260 W. Spring St. | In Smyrna Market Village
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Bring business cards!
Promote your business!

Growing your Business in 2016

Start out 2016 by learning how to get more customers for your Small Business:
  • How many new clients do you want in 2016?
  • Who is your target market for growing your client list?
  • What strategies for Social Media and traditional Media should you use?
  • How do I start a newsletter offering?
  • How do I get more traffic to my web site?
  • How can I engage more clients and convert them to sales?