Like everywhere else, Suwanee has felt the impact of the down turn in the economy; and, as a result, the growth which has been experienced in Suwanee for the past 20 years, is also experiencing a temporary slow down:
- Residential building permits totalled 71 in 2008 - just less than half the number as in 2007 (153).
- Commercial development buidling permits were 12 compared to 25 in 2007.
- High commercial and office vacancy rates.
However, Suwanee seems to be able to weather the storm by staying financially fit. The city's reserves are strong and in order to maintain financial stability, while still serving the community, the City of Suwanee will tighten its belt.
Accomplishments for 2008:
- January 24 - Suwanee Gateway Branding Initiative - Striving to revitalize this area coming off I-85 @ Exit 111 leading into the city
- March, 2008 - Public Arts Commission - Responsible for enhancing the quality of life for the city through the use of art while encouraging developers to incorporate art into their projects
- May, 2008 - Pre-Trial Diversion Program - Nearly 68 first time defendants had a chance to have their records expunged by "correcting their behaviors and completing court-instituted conditions." More than 1200 hours of community serivce has been completed.
- October, 2008 - Sims Lake Park Opened - 62 acre lake, looping trail, playground and stream scape
- Suwanee Gateway PACT - Designed to reduce criminal activity and enhance relations between the city's businessess, police and the City
- New Pulic Works Facility - 12,000 square foot, 20 year old warehouse on Windsor Parkway for the Public Works crews
- Facade Improvement Grant Program - Through BB&T First United Methodist Church received a $2500 grant to spruce up their exterior
- Calling Post System - Communication efforts with City water customers
- Homestead Tax Defferal Program - Established for homeowenrs 62 and older with limited incomes
- City Banners - Banners with the Suwanee Gateway log and tagline were installed at Town Center, along Main Street and along the I85-Lawrenceville-Suwanee corridor. Signs were also strategically placed to mark the city limits.
- Pedestrian underpass was completed behind the current City Hall linking the Town Center with Main Street and historic Old Town
CITY OF SUWANEE - 2008 ANNUAL REPORT
Data is for fiscal year: 2008 - July1, 2007 thru June 30, 2008