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Alpharetta has recently gained headway in its goal of growth and economic expansion.

The city has been recognized by the Accredited Economic Development Organization with an AEDO qualification, making it “part of a group of distinguished, nationally known leadership municipalities,” according to a news release.

“Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our city leadership, economic development initiatives and programming, as well as partners in the community, the city of Alpharetta has built upon its culture of innovation and high-tech heritage by broadening our technology and community landscape. The AEDO certification is a testament that we have built an Alpharetta for all. Balancing business with community,” Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said in a statement.

While other establishments have been endorsed by the AEDO, Alpharetta is the first city to be approved in Georgia.

To acquire the accreditation, “officials created a strategic plan focusing on the main components that have contributed to progress in Alpharetta including enhancing the downtown space with the new City Center, the financial incentives offered that attract new businesses and the area’s more than 20 million square feet of constructed office space,” the news release said.

Alpharetta’s image also was a key component, with developments like Avalon and the proposed Alpha Loop enhancing the overall representation of the region

To determine approval, Accredited Economic Development Organization starts with a detailed organizational assessment examining internal and external operations including procedures and structures. Next, the certification process is conducted in two phases — the documentation review and a site team visit.

“We are very excited to be recognized as an Accredited Economic Development Organization. The accreditation is not only a badge of honor, it communicated both internally and externally that our economic development programming is headed in the right direction,” Alpharetta’s Economic Development Director Peter Tokar said in a statement.

“Communities that are recognized by the organization are known as leading authorities on business progression and economic issues, and therefore benefit from enhanced visibility within the community and beyond. Credibility with stakeholders, including business and political leaders, funders and clients also increases, fostering growth and advancement,” the news release said.

Alpharetta is now one of AEDO’s 57 members and will go through the reaccreditation process every three years by submitting detailed materials for review by the organization’s committee.

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