Mayor Mike Mason
From the Mayor's Desk

City Hall Update
 
The city will soon be celebrating its 5th anniversary in July and I'm proud to say we've made tremendous strides in such a short span of time.  It seems like only yesterday that we were cutting the ribbon on our first city hall space, hiring our first employee, and holding our first city council meeting.

Speaking of City Hall, the lease on the current building we are occupying is set to expire soon, and we have already been informed by the owner that a new lease on our current 12,500 square-foot space would contain an increase in the lease rate.

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Crawford & Company Moving HQ to Peachtree Corners

Crawford & Company, one of the world's largest independent providers of claims management solutions, will open its new corporate headquarters in Peachtree Corners this spring. 

The new facility, located at 5335 Triangle Parkway, will house all corporate headquarter operations, and represents approximately 500 new jobs and $15 million in capital investment over the next three years.

Photo imaging and LIDAR was used to compile a detailed asset catalog for the city.
City Earns National Recognition for Geospatial Project

On Feb. 15, 2017 the national ACEC federation, based in Washington, D.C., announced that the City of Peachtree Corners has earned a National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

City Monitoring Several Bills in Legislative Session

City leaders have been keeping a close eye on several bills that affect Peachtree Corners. One would benefit its citizens. The second, however, would not.

One of the bills cleared one of the chambers on March 3, which was Crossover day for this year's Georgia Legislative session. 

Residents Hilary Wilson, Lorrie Backer, staff member Jennifer Howard accept recognition from Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission Robert Farris.
Second 'Tree City USA' Recognition Awarded to City

Peachtree Corners was among 19 cities in Georgia to be recognized this year for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees.

The city received its first recognition just one year ago. "Our citizens who make up the city's Green Committee are to be commended for their efforts," said Mayor Mike Mason. "It is an honor to be recognized for a second consecutive year."

Eric Christ, Post 2, Councilmember
Councilmember Christ Earns GMA Certificate

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) announced recently that Eric Christ, the city's newest councilmember, has successfully completed a training program specifically designed for newly elected officials.

Master Planning for Arts and Culture Underway

The City of Peachtree Corners needs your input as it develops a master plan that will determine the future direction for public and performing arts in our community.
 
Residents provided input to city leaders on Monday, March 6, during an arts and culture at a public workshop at Corner Bakery. Another public workshop is scheduled for Monday, April 17, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Ba Bellies.
 
If you are unable to attend the workshop, p lease take a few minutes to complete our short Arts and Culture Master Plan survey . Don't delay, the survey closes on Monday, March 20.
Morgan Drake flanked by Mayor Mason and Prototype Prime's Sanjay Parekh
Invention Nets Entrepreneur $2,500

Morgan Drake, a Norcross High School grad and Peachtree Corners resident received the city's first Vision Award for his concept for an app that allows fans to interact with their favorite sports teams.

Drake received $2,500 from the city and three months of free space at Prototype Prime, the startup incubator in Peachtree Corners. The money and access to the startup incubator will assist Drake as he rolls out his platform named  Fanboard that will allow fans to interact with live events, new multimedia and digital games.
GCPD to Discuss Pedestrian Safety, Other Topics at Next COPS Meeting
Mark your calendars for March 27, 2017 for the annual COPS meeting which will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church
 
A number of topics will be discussed including the importance of pedestrian safety.

Mayor Mike Mason, City Manager Brian Johnson, Butch Ayers, Gwinnett County Police Chief, Danny Porter, District Attorney for Gwinnett County, Major Everett Spellman, Gwinnett County Police West Precinct Commander and Officer Trent Greene will speak and answer questions.
Help Protect Our Streams, Creeks, Rivers

The city is hosting a Storm Drain Stenciling event on Saturday, March 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet in the gravel parking lot just off Medlock Bridge Road (behind the bank and Sprouts). 

Before stenciling work begins coffee, hot chocolate, water and doughnuts will be served. All volunteers will be required to sign waivers, and listen to a short presentation on safety precautions and requirements.
 
A brief stenciling demonstration will take place before we depart to the neighborhoods. All volunteers will be given traffic vests, gloves and supplies. We will also be placing door hangers on every front door in each neighborhood, and we will need volunteers for this activity as well. We will provide the information so that if a homeowner asks questions, you are prepared. This will be a non-painting activity.  

Protecting our streams, creeks and rivers is a community effort. You can make a difference. To volunteer or for more information, contact Melissa Schwartz.

City Calendar and Community Calendar now combined  into one. 



Find dates for upcoming city meetings and events 
around town.



House
From Code Enforcement

Homeowners Responsible for Exterior Maintenance, Landscaping

Spring is just around the corner, March 20th. We will start to see our grass and vegetation beginning to grow as the weather changes.  

Homeowners and business owners are responsible for providing regular maintenance of their property's landscaping.  Front, side, and rear yards should be well maintained, mowed regularly and free from trash, weeds and overgrown vegetation.  

All residents are responsible for ensuring that their property is free from all litter and debris for health and sanitation reasons.  Having your property on a routine maintenance schedule is one way to guarantee your property will not have any code violations. 
A zero-entry shower
From the Building Department

Tips for 'Baby Boomers' in Preparing Home for Changes

As baby boomers reach the golden years, they will need homes that will accommodate their physical challenges such as bad knees, working from home and taking on grandchildren.

Here are some tips on how to design and remodel your home to meet your needs today and in the future:

City Adds 33 New Businesses in February

Peachtree Corners City Hall processed new business tax certificates for a variety of businesses last month including several restaurants, janitorial and landscaping services. 

See the  complete list of 33 businesses  along with contact information.

Prototype Prime News

Save the date for two upcoming events at the city's new startup incubator.

March 15
Connie Casteel
*Lunch & Learn - 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
*Offices hours - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
 
March 22
Jacqui Chew  
*Lunch & Learn - 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
*Office Hours - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
County wants your input on Comprehensive Transportation Plan 

Gwinnett County is updating its Comprehensive Transportation Plan, a blueprint for future development of a transportation network through 2040. 

Residents are encouraged to attend one of the meetings scheduled at sites around the county or by taking an online survey. 

Visit Destination2040Gwinnett for meeting locations or to take the online survey.
Buy a Brick, Support a Veteran

Are you a U.S. veteran or do you know someone who has served our country? You can show your support by purchasing a brick or making a donation to the city's veterans monument.

The monument is expected to be complete next year. Find more details, purchase a brick or make a donation on the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association's (PCVMA) website, www.ptcvets.net

The PCVMA is asking Peachtree Corners residents who are U.S. Veterans to please send an email to the city's Communications Director, Judy Putnam at  jputnam@peachtreecornersga.gov  with your full name, branch of service, dates of service and daytime phone number to be added to the veterans roster.
Donate to Non-Profit through Amazon Purchases

Prototype Prime , the new startup incubator located on the first floor of the Peachtree Corners city hall building, opened its doors last fall. The young 501c3 non-profit is already home to over a half dozen teams of entrepreneurs working on their concepts.  Because Prototype Prime is a non-profit, it is eligible for tax-free contributions. 

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