City manager Janice Hall told council members Forsyth had about 30 applications for business licenses in 2020. She reported to council on economic development in Forsyth at its 2021 planning meeting on Jan. 24. Hall said not all are brick and mortar businesses; some represent people working from their residences or elsewhere.
Hall listed some of the larger, more visible businesses as Eagle Precast Plant off of Town Creek Road, Pig Peach Car Wash on North Lee Street, the Valero station on N. Lee Street, Quik Trip on Harold G. Clarke Pkwy, Juliette Crossing subdivision, Manor at Montpelier subdivision, Harbin Repair, Charlie Pelt’s State Farm office, loft apartments above the French Market and the development of the property between the hotel and the Waffle House.
Hall said the county has two new businesses at the Industrial Park, which is in the city limits. Hall said Juliette Crossing has about 80 houses in its first phase and is ready to start on another 80 houses in its second phase. Plans for the Manor at Montpelier also include about 80 houses. Hall said Harbin Repair bought an empty building on the square and will move into it.
“We have people calling on a daily basis,” said Hall. “The First Step Program is working very well; some people have been to it multiple times and give us good feedback.”
Forsyth’s First Step Program brings developers or business owners to the weekly meeting of city department heads so they can ask questions of them all at the same time to learn about doing business in Forsyth.
Hall said Forsyth economic development director Tammie Pierson is working with Electric Cities to make two new fliers to give to new and prospective businesses.
“We’re creating the environment that creates jobs,” said Mayor Eric Wilson. “And this happened during the uncertain times of the pandemic.”
Council member Julius Stroud asked what will be in the other buildings on Cabaniss Road where Shane’s Rib Shack will be. Hall said no one else has applied for a business permit there, yet.