Alpharetta has 25 million square feet of office space. Before the public health crisis, the city doubled its population during a typical work day. Businesses have been paying 62 percent of the city’s property taxes.
“Alpharetta has become a boom town over the last six to eight years, primarily on the back of the redevelopment of our mixed-use commercial real estate and the hospitality to support that,” said Mayor Jim Gilvin. “This is a gut punch. This virus and everything that’s going on — it’s completely changing the field of how businesses large and small are going to adapt to that.”
Before the coronavirus hit metro Atlanta, RKG Associates consulting firm was working on a new economic development plan to build on Alpharetta’s success.
“We’re going to need a strategic plan even more than we thought six months ago, for sure,” said Gilvin.