With little fanfare, new research shows Dunwoody and the Central Perimeter business districts have become one of the leading centers for business activity in the United States.
The numbers tell the story. According to Colliers International, a global commercial real estate and research firm, Dunwoody and the Central Perimeter business district is the largest business center in the southeastern United States based on total square feet of office space.
As of June 2012, researchers from Colliers reported Dunwoody and the Central Perimeter business district contained 28,937,727 square feet of total office space, outpacing the downtown business cores of Atlanta, Charlotte, and Nashville. Almost 70-percent of all office space in the Dunwoody and the Central Perimeter business district is highly desirable Class A office space, more than in downtown Atlanta and more than in all of Nashville and of Charlotte.
“The secret is out. Dunwoody and the Central Perimeter business district are among the country’s most sought-after locations for businesses, whether large or small,” said Don Boyken, principal of DRB Consulting LLC.
“Dunwoody, with almost eight million total square feet of office space, ranks only behind Atlanta and one other suburb as Sandy Springs as Georgia’s largest business centers”, said Boyken. ‘And,” he said in an interview with The Crier, “Dunwoody has more Class A office space than Sandy Springs, putting Dunwoody in a strong position to continue being the anchoring future of growth in the Central Perimeter business district.”
Boyken, who serves as Chair of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, understands the importance location, a supportive business environment, and quality of life intangibles play in driving business growth and activity. He has been active in the domestic and international commercial construction industry since 1970, developing and managing high-profile resort, commercial transportation, infrastructure and higher education projects around the world.
“Dunwoody is attractive to businesses for many reasons, although two in particular stand out,” said Boyken “—-convenience and quality of life.”
“Doing business in Dunwoody and in the Central Perimeter area provides easy access to Atlanta’s major interstates and to Georgia 400. And, thanks to MARTA, business leaders and professionals workers can travel quickly to downtown Atlanta and to the an international airport.”
“Best of all, Dunwoody is a quiet and enjoyable place to live. It’s a great city to raise a family, be single, or to live as empty nesters. Yet, you can live here and still be only two to four miles from working or shopping in one of the largest business districts in the United States,” said Boyken.
He believes one of the keys to sustaining Dunwoody’s growth as a regional business center is fixing the Georgia 400 and Interstate 285 interchange to improve traffic into the area. Boyken also remains confident Dunwoody will continue to be an attractive target for global corporations to establish North American or regional headquarters, citing InterContinental Hotels Group (Great Britain), CHEP (Australia), and Elektra (Sweden) as examples.
“We have a real jewel here,” said Boyken of Dunwoody and the Central Perimeter area. “Our challenge is to balance demand with scale of infrastructure. However, that is a great challenge to rise up to meet. And we are confident with the talent in this community, we will continue to excel.” create and to support a clear and compelling vision and strategy that continues
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