The Chamblee Chamber of Commerce hosted the Annual Chamblee State of the City 2018 on Thursday, April 26th at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center Hotel. Almost 200 guests, including Chamblee Chamber Board Members, business owners, Chamblee City officials and other elected officials attended the event.
Attendees were served a delicious buffet breakfast of fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, sausage, and petite french toast with syrup. The Marriott Hotel was excited to show off it's newly renovated ballroom and prefunction space...and it's a true asset to have the hotel be part of the City of Chamblee!
Opening remarks were made by Kerry Mitchell, President of the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce. There was the Pledge of Alligence, along with an Invocation by Jeff Rogers from Chamblee United Methodist Church.
Mr. David Carter, President of the Downtown Chamblee Development Authority, and Presenting Sponsor for the event, spoke about the excitement surrounding the Downtown area of Chamblee. Then, Mr. Darron, Kusman, Mayor-Pro Tem introduced the Mayor of Chamblee, Eric Clarkson.
There is no doubt when you listen to Mayor Clarkson that is is proud of Chamblee, or as he often calls it "The Actual Center of the Universe." (The city is working on branding and such using that slogan!) Clarkson served on the City Council for four years, before being elected Mayor in 2005. He was also re-elected in 2017.
2018 marks the 110th anniversary since Chamblee started as a railroad stop between Terminus (Of course, now Atlanta) and Roswell. Up until the 1950's Chamblee was mostly dairy farms. Needless to say, it has come long way since those days!
In 1987, Chamblee was blessed to have a MARTA heavy rail station open near what is now considered Downtown Chamblee. To give an idea of what MARTA cost back then, the 2.8 mile extension from the Brookhaven station to Chamblee took 2 years and $23 million dollars to build. Now, visitors, and residents both can exit the station to access amenties and businesses like the Interactive College of Technology and the new Trackside office building...the first Class A office building of its kind in Chamblee.
Clarkson further highlighted the growth in the city with annexations, new luxury apartments being built and a recent LCI (Living Centers Initative) study with the City of Doraville for the future redevelopment of Buford Highway.
Chamber Vice President, Thom Abbott, provided closing remarks, talking about the importance of the Chamber for the business community and for members to be active, since it is a 100% volunteer organization.
You can learn more about the Chamblee State of the City 2018 from the Chamblee 2018 Annual Report which can be found HERE.
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Chamblee State of the City 2018