Historic Roswell Business Alliance announces new board
ROSWELL, Ga. — The Historic Roswell Business Alliance recently announced its new board of directors, and the new board chair has already hit the ground running.
Launched in 2015, the HRBA is an alliance between businesses and organizations on Canton Street and throughout Historic Roswell. Rand Cabus, of Mojo Vinyl, now succeeds Ryan Pernice as the board chairman. He will serve for two years until the next vote.
“As the new chairman, my goal is to promote our website to the metropolitan Atlanta area. It’s to get them to the businesses’ front doors,” Cabus said. “I want to make all Atlantans realize what a great daytrip Historic Roswell is – that we have all of these wonderful activities, restaurants and adventures for them to explore.”
Cabus spearheaded the development of the website, exploreroswell.com, which was one of the group’s major projects this past year and was successfully launched May 2016.
It’s a mobile-friendly directory that aims to list and promote all of the businesses of the Historic District. The site currently lists more than 100 of them catalogued by their services along with upcoming events.
One of the association’s main goals is to build a sense of community between the organizations in the area and connect them with the city.
“Our primary goal is to help promote Historic Roswell and all the businesses there,” Cabus said. “We want to give a single voice, to be a lobbying group, to City Hall. That way, if there are things that we need in our Historic District, we can bring those things up in an organized fashion to our officials and city leaders.
“It’s to help guide the city to what the merchants want in an order of priority, what we think is more important to our needs and not just how the city views us,” Cabus continued. “All of this is to help become a more vibrant organization that helps the city and the businesses.”
The HRBA covers from Woodstock all the way down to the Chattahoochee River. This reach encompasses five neighborhoods: Canton Street, Webb Street, Oak Street, the square and the river district.
A representative from each of these five districts serves on the HRBA’s board.
The new Board of Directors members working alongside Cabus are Ann-Marie Giglio, of Core Matters; Donna McDonald, of Muse& Co. Fine Art; Gretchen Griffin, of Roswell Yoga Life; Kelley Davis, of Harry Norman Realtors; and Shanon Schneider, of Synergy Fine Art.
Cabus and the board have already started an initiative to pinpoint the major concerns in the community. The main issue the board has seen by far has been a push for more parking.
“We had a meeting at Pastis and sent out a little questionnaire asking, ‘What are the five things you’d like to see happen in the Historic District?’” Cabus recalled. “Number one, number two, number three, number four and number five were all ‘more parking.’”
While working on this major issue, Cabus is also looking into tackling smaller projects that the HRBA could help achieve, such as beautification projects and resolving signage issues. One of their current projects, for example, is the “East and West Alley” project to renovate the alleyways on the east side of Historic Roswell and make the west side alleyways more walkable.
To learn about the HRBA and to get involved, visit exploreroswell.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.