The Town Center Community Improvement District (CID) is celebrating 25 years of building better roads, improving parks & trails, and bringing the Town Center Community together. The Council for Quality Growth applauds all the accomplishments of the Town Center CID and the leadership of Executive Director Tracy Styf over the last 8 years.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2022 the CID will host an Annual Meeting to celebrate the milestone, share a vision of what is to come, and recognize community leaders, developers, and businesses with the inaugural Townie Awards. The Townies are annual awards to celebrate and recognize the community members, leaders, and businesses that make Town Center Community the place to be.
Over two decades Town Center CID has built a proud legacy of advancing projects that matter, leading strategically to help make Town Center Community a vibrant place to grow a business, raise a family, shop and work, earn a degree, and enjoy the outdoors. As we mark our 25th anniversary, we are focusing our considerable expertise and passion on building coalitions and leading with a shared vision for the next chapter of our evolving community.
Town Center CID has innovated throughout our history to meet the needs of our community, helping deliver transformational projects that have made significant transportation, safety, and traffic improvements, like the Skip Spann Connector, Big Shanty Connector and widening South Barrett Reliever and Noonday Creek Trail. We have helped more parents and students get home for dinner, reduced travel time for our district’s workforce, and expanded access to parks and trails.
Since our inception, the district has seen the growth of very diverse assets. What used to be a bourgeoning suburban retail area is now home to a variety of economic engines and sectors – manufacturing, industrial, freight and logistics, fin-tech, an international airport, several global and North American corporate headquarters, in addition to the traditional retail and commerce. Town Center Community is also home to Kennesaw State University, the state’s second-largest university with more than 43,000 students. To remain relevant and continue to push forward projects that serve an evolving community like Town Center, we must think differently about our projects and use each project to create a sense of place in Town Center, address access and multi-mobility, walkability, smart redevelopment, and community engagement.
The public will begin seeing this shift in all our projects. Per our 2022 Master Plan update, we are prioritizing over 60 projects and initiatives in placemaking, trails, smart technology, and transportation/multimodal enhancements. By focusing on four priorities, we are innovating to meet the future needs of our changing community. With our non-profit placemaking partner, we are engaging our community to create a shared vision for a more prosperous future of Town Center that includes unique public spaces, public art, expanded and connected trail systems, smart technologies and electric vehicle infrastructure, and forward-thinking transportation and roadway improvements.