What is Sugarloaf CID
The Sugarloaf Community Improvement District was formed in 2016 to ensure the long-term success of Gwinnett County’s premiere business and entertainment district.
The CID is one of the region’s top ten employment centers. Together with Gwinnett Place, the Sugarloaf business district ranks #4 for jobs and #3 for businesses in all of Metro Atlanta. The CID is also home to the Infinite Energy Center, a regional destination that attracts over a million visitors a year. Exciting plans for expansion and new development at this site are also in the works.
Since formation, the CID has leveraged $8.5 million in funding for transportation improvements in the CID, advanced projects to help make the district safe, attractive, and connected, and expanded the CID to more than double its initial value.
The CID understands that areas that are successful adapt to changing demands. We are working to make sure the Sugarloaf district remains attractive for years to come. Please visit our projects page to learn more.
Sugarloaf CID Staff
As Executive Director of the CID, Alyssa is responsible for leading the day to day operations of the CID to ensure the long-term success of Gwinnett’s premier business and entertainment district. Before joining the Sugarloaf CID, she worked for seven years at the Gateway85 CID where she managed the CID’s plans and transportation projects. Alyssa has a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She is also a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and the Regional Leadership Institute and President of Advance Atlanta, an advocacy non-profit focused on championing regional transit. Prior to her experience working with CIDs, Alyssa participated in Teach for America and worked for more five years as a teacher in New York City and Atlanta.
Next Board Meeting
Sugarloaf CID board meetings are held at 9:30 am at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce located at 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, GA 30097.
2020 Board Meeting Dates
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Board of Directors
Frequently Asked Questions
How is a CID created?
A simple majority of the commercial property in a defined geographic area must consent to be a part of the district. That simple majority of owners must also represent at least 75% of the taxable value of the commercial property within the proposed CID.
How is money raised to fund a CID?
CIDs are funded by a self-imposed tax on commercial properties within the district. Commercial properties that are part of the CID pay an additional millage that is collected by the Tax Commissioner along with other property taxes. The funds are then disbursed to the CID. The Sugarloaf CID millage is 3.5 mills.
How does a CID work?
The property owners elect a Board of Directors to decide how to spend the money raised. CIDs often do studies or design work to initiate large infrastructure projects, and then identify other funding opportunities and apply for grants to accomplish projects. The ability to leverage funds allows a CID to maximize property owner investment.
What type of organization is a CID?
A CID is a governmental entity.
What types of improvements can a CID make?
The Georgia Constitution specifies that funds collected through a CID may be used for these purposes:
- Street and road construction and maintenance
- Parks and recreational areas and facilities
- Stormwater and sewage
- Development, storage, treatment, etc. of water
- Public transportation
- Parking, terminal and dock facilities
- Other governmental services and facilities, e.g., Public safety
Who benefits from a CID?
The improvements made by a CID not only benefit the commercial property owners, but also business owners and residents in the surrounding area.