DOING “BUSINESS” IN PIEDMONT HEIGHTS - NEW AND IMPROVED
DOING “BUSINESS” IN PIEDMONT HEIGHTS 03/26/19
Piedmont Heights began almost 200 years ago as a little country town around a grist mill on Clear Creek. The residential area didn’t really begin until the 1900s and today is only half the community; the remainder is a wide variety of businesses.
In 2012, to anticipate the impact of the Atlanta BeltLine, the PHCA created a master plan to guide future development. Because funding for the plan came largely from business owners, PHCA formed a Business Committee to give them a greater voice in neighborhood affairs. Membership grew rapidly and two years later the committee evolved into the Piedmont Heights Business Alliance. In 2018 the name was tweaked again and became the Greater Piedmont Heights Business Alliance so that businesses adjacent to our neighborhood could participate. The expanded group is now restructuring itself into a professional organization with a board of directors, president, and non-profit status to be eligible for City grants and other funding for neighborhood improvements.
Examples of similar associations exist in Midtown, West Midtown, and the Old Fourth Ward. The important difference with ours, however, is that it will partner with the Piedmont Heights Civic Association and the Community Improvement Foundation to create a unique and powerful triumvirate for positive change.
Bill Seay, Piedmont Heights Historian and Architect
Visit our GPHBA page to learn more, join us!