Like most cities in the region, during the Atlanta boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Norcross shared in the prosperity. The city?s population has nearly tripled, residential development has expanded and commercial growth on city outskirts has aided in providing locals with the economic resources they need without having to sacrifice their efforts in preserving the small-town atmosphere they desire. This small-town sense of community is no more evident than in Norcross? unique network of sidewalks that link the entire city to the downtown core. At any time of the day, you will find walkers, joggers and cyclists navigating from park to park or from a residential neighborhood to a quaint shopping center filled with corner delis, specialty shops, boutiques and coffeehouses.
Overall, Norcross can be classified as a quiet, green, primarily residential area that locals like to refer to as their, ?Island in the midst of intense commercial development.? Upon first visit, you?ll see exactly what they mean. Within Norcross you?ll find five gorgeous parks: Thrasher, Rossie, Brundage, Lions Club and Betty Mauldin. You?ll also discover three outstanding schools: Norcross Elementary, Summerour Middle and Norcross High School. You?ll also discover a variety of privately owned ?mom and pop? stores and eateries. However, along the perimeter of Norcross, you?ll find billion dollar conglomerates operating their business. You?ll also find big-city shopping and excellent facilities for recreation, professional sports, concerts, conventions and cultural events.
Today, there are over 300,000 jobs in Gwinnett County, with many opportunities available at corporations located along the Norcross border. Huge corporations that lie in and just outside of Norcross employ thousands and contribute greatly to the city and county tax bases. Lucent Technologies, situated near the intersection of I-85 and the heavily commercialized Jimmy Carter Boulevard, employs 3,200 people and is recognized as Gwinnett County?s second largest employer. The largest employer is the county school system. Other industrial giants in the area include American Express, Rock-Tenn, Federal Express, General Electric, Hitachi America Limited, Quadram, J.M. Tull Metals, Komatsu, Norcorm, Nordson Corporation, Panasonic, Pfizer and Travelers Insurance Company.
Like most areas that have an enormous presence of high-tech, large-enterprise corporations, Norcross is surrounded by many outstanding academic institutions of higher learning. Most notably are Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Both are located within 15 miles of Norcross. Other schools include Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, Gwinnett Technical College and the Atlanta Institute of Music.
While the Atlanta boom spurned growth, the continued development and enhancement of cities such as Norcross is what has helped the region maintain its momentum. Without the many beautification projects taking place, area residents may not be so inclined to stay for the long term. Fortunately, it?s quite the contrary in Norcross thanks to the city?s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI). The LCI is an exciting plan that builds upon the success of Norcross? ongoing redevelopment efforts. The goals of the LCI are to provide housing opportunities downtown; encourage retail opportunities; increase Norcross? existing sense of place and community identity; increase pedestrian connections by expanding the existing sidewalk network and introducing multi-purpose trails; improve pedestrian safety throughout the area; and plan for future transit and commuter rail stops and expanded parking needs.
Norcross is a community of residents who benefit from an organized local government who is as committed as they are to both preserve the natural beauty of their city all the while looking toward the future. To this end, Norcross will continue to thrive in the Greater Atlanta Market and be one of Gwinnett County?s most alluring cities to call home. If you are considering a move to this part of the state look no further than the city of Norcross. Here, a rewarding and relaxing lifestyle awaits you.
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