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by Marta Garcia firstname.lastname@example.orgTe city o Dunwoody celebrated its ﬁfh birthday with the annual State o the City address on March 6, at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, located oﬀ Ashord Dun-woody Road.Mayor
ocused on goals and op-portunities or 2014, smart growth, ﬁscal responsibility, education, economic devel-opment and the key mile-stones and projects expected to take shape in the coming year.“We started in 2008 with a lot o hard work and dedi-cated citizens. We created this city and the eﬀort was to keep our taxes low. Te businesses we have in Dun-woody and the businesses we attracted are what keep our taxes lower and keep the services high,” Davis said.At the ceremony, State Farm’s Insurance Co. op-erations vice president
talked about the na-tional operations center the company is building in Dun-woody, on a nearly 4-acre site at Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway, across rom the Dunwoody MARA station.“Why Dunwoody? Be-cause this city oﬀers many amenities and people want to live here and work here. Tat means we can hire the right p eople and we are talking about hiring 2,600 people over the next several years,” Bolton said.Davis said o Dunwoody “it’s a place to be” and that’s why it’s attracting some big companies like Krystal, the ast-ood company that had moved its headquar-ters rom Chattanooga, and Computer Generated Solu-tions, among others. About inrastructure, Da- vis said the city will repave the sidewalks and he will work on ﬁxing the traﬃ c is-sues the area has. “raﬃ c is bad. Te gov-ernor is working pretty hard with us to recreate the junc-tion I- 285 and Georgia 400. We are working on making a better commute or people but the reality is that what used to be a hal hour com-mute is now an hour and a hal or a lot o people,” Da- vis said.Te mayor o Dunwoody talked about education and said that the system in Geor-gia is very “county centric.” According to Davis in a lot o ways “cities are second class citizens to the county” and that’s why he asked state representative
to get Dunwoody its own school system. “Tis is going to be a hard task to get through but we will try every year. We know we deserve better and we can do better. Te graduation rate or DeKalb county schools is 58 percent and, in any scale, that’s ail-ure. We want to be better than has been given to us by the county school system. I say to my citizens that at least the Dunwoody schools bring DeKalb schools up to mediocre.” Davis said that he will support and work with the nonproﬁt organizations in the city to help them reach their goals and congratu-lated Dunwoody police or their work keeping the city sae.“Tis Dunwoody that we have been dreaming about and talking about or so long is becoming real beore our eyes. Tis is happening. And we’re doing all o this. Just think about what we have accomplished together. Tink o what we might do next,” concluded the mayor.
Dunwoody Mayor Michael Davis speaks during the fth annual State of the City celebrated on March 6 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, located off Ashford Dunwoody Road. Photo by Marta Garcia