“When they wanted to contact the mayor, they talked to me” she said. “I can’t tell you how important it’s been to me to see all the development: [North Point] mall, the Windward project. I had an opportunity to fly over it at the ground-breaking. It was amazing to see all the trees. Now that it’s nearly complete, I’d love to fly over it again.”
With multi-generational roots in Alpharetta, many of the streets bear Rainwater’s family surnames. She grew up in the now-special-events facility downtown, the DeVore House, and she said her husband often joked that she has to within sight of the water tower. She still lives downtown.
With much rooted in the past, Rainwater made it her mission to ensure development didn’t march over the spirit of her hometown. “I didn’t mind telling the developers what the people expected,” she said.
“You don’t want to lose your identity with the center of town and the old buildings. There was going to be a parking lot across from city hall in the late ’80s, and some citizens got together and said, ‘please don’t make it a parking lot.’ So we got donations for everything that’s in that park. I love Alpharetta and am so proud that our elected officials never went overboard with hiring in the boom years. We never had to do any layoffs or furloughs."