Forsyth Mayor attracting business by making city prettier
FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Mayor Eric Wilson is upgrading sidewalks and the city park in an effort to attract business to Forsyth.
“It all ties in with our economic development initiative,” Wilson said. “Because we know that quality of life is one of the top indicators where businesses locate and where people want to live.”
Wilson took office in January. One of the first things he did was hire Michael Norris to be Director of Economic Development.
He also hired two men to dig up dangerous areas of sidewalk and replace them.
“They’ve been on the job for 2 months and they’ve done over 600 feet of sidewalk already,” Wilson said.
Norris agrees that “beautifying” the city appeals to business.
“Business owners are happy, there’s more people walking around, it’s more attractive,” Norris said. “They step into the different businesses and stores and spend their money.”
Wilson and the city council have begun working on a master plan for the city park. Currently the pool is without water and the tennis courts are missing nets. By next year, Wilson says, the park will be renovated with a skate-park and splash pad.
“I think the community needs to be involved with things that relate to the community, and it works better when everybody gets involved,” Wilson says.
In their monthly meeting tonight, Norris will be formerly introduced as Director of Economic Development and Forsyth will name their new police chief.