ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta Councilman Chris Owens announced July 31 that he will seek re-election to his Post 3 council seat in November.
Owens is completing his first term in office.
"Serving our city in this capacity has been an extremely rewarding experience,” Owens said. “Alpharetta has a great many good things going for it right now, and I would enjoy the opportunity to see them through."
City Center is under construction, with the City Hall building now coming out of the ground. "There's energy in downtown that you can sense. New restaurants are moving in and businesses are expanding. I can't wait until the improvements are complete, making the area more pedestrian-friendly and drawing even more people in to enjoy downtown."
The City Center plans include green space along Main Street as well as Brooke Street Park, a five-acre passive park that will wrap around the new City Hall and Fulton County Library branch.
Alpharetta has made a commitment to strong financial responsibility. Even during the recent recession, the city has maintained its millage rate steady while lowering the tax burden on homeowners with the highest homestead exemption in the region.
"Even with the City Center project, we have been able to increase investments in maintaining our streets and bridges, with over $3 million last year alone,” said Owens.
The city has also continued to expand its sidewalks and has recently developed a plan outlining multiple "loops" of bike routes throughout the community. The Big Creek Greenway was also extended from Webb Bridge Road to Marconi Drive in July of 2011. This leaves only one section of the Greenway remaining to be built, from Marconi Drive north to the city limits, which is in the planning phase now. Recreational opportunities are an important part of building community and improving the quality of life in Alpharetta. The city recently executed an agreement with the City of Milton that will allow residents of both cities to enjoy parks and recreation programs without the barrier of non-resident fees.
“This landmark agreement is a first step in providing our residents with access to facilities and programs beyond our borders, particularly for youth sports like baseball and football,” said Owens.
Alpharetta is also enjoying growth in its business base, with the announcement of Ernst & Young and many other companies bringing new jobs to the city.
“We are home to 600 technology companies today. This was not accidental. Alpharetta has the infrastructure needed to support them and we are focusing efforts in this area so that our current business base can be both maintained and expanded.” The City Council established Georgia's first technology commission, bringing corporations and city leaders together so that they purposely plan and create an environment that will be successful for tech companies.
Owens is married with two children in the Fulton County school system. He has been an active member of the Alpharetta community since 1994.