Creating an economic landscape for a better and brighter future.

Dunwoody is truly in the middle of it all, offering an array of advantages that make exploring, living, working and doing business here a wonderful and rewarding experience.

Special note about COVID-19: Dunwoody's Economic Development Department is a resource for local businesses navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, Congress passed H.R. 6201.  This bill responds to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free COVID-19 testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers. Find more information here.

Free Teleworking Resources

Perimeter Connects, a service of the Perimeter area who have worked with a number of our employers, have provided a bundle of resources for employers to implement a remote work program quickly and effectively.  Find more information here: https://perimeterconnects.com/businesscontinuity/

Georgia Commute Options has created a webinar series that will offer practical guidance on how companies can maximize productivity and decrease employee stress while navigating responses to COVID-19: https://gacommuteoptions.com/

Additional Federal and State Information & Resources

New information for filing for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services

State tax deadline extended

On March 23, Gov. Kemp announced he would be extending the tax deadline in Georgia to July 15, in accordance with the new federal tax filing deadline announced by President Trump last week.

Specifics on the plan, however, have not been released, though Kemp said that guidance on the move will be released in the days ahead.

The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. Learn more here

Emergency Help for Small Businesses

Georgia has received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This declaration will provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to impacted small businesses. The application is now live using this link. Loans are available for small business and non-profit organizations. While terms will be established on a case-by-case basis, many will have a thirty-year repayment term with first payments not due for up to twelve months. 

Apply for a grant from Georgia Power

Georgia Power is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve.  Preference is given to Georgia-based organizations with goals to improve the quality of life of Georgia residents.  Non-profits are encouraged to apply.  Visit this link to find out if you qualify.

Navigating Dunwoody through the distance

Looking to support Dunwoody businesses during these trying times? Discover Dunwoody is keeping a growing list of restaurants, retailers, and attractions that have modified their operations. Here's an online form to add information to the list to help Dunwoody navigate through the distance. #EverythingWillBeOK

The Giving Kitchen

The Giving Kitchen is working to help restaurant workers through this tough time. Visit their website to donate to their efforts or to apply for assistance.

The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber

The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber has created a new Facebook group, Engage Dunwoody, to support small business owners and employees in Dunwoody during this time of uncertainty. It's designed to be a forum for questions like this:  What can we do to support you during this time of social distancing? Do you offer delivery or curbside pickup? Do you have an online store where gift cards may be purchased? What do you want the general public to know?

Join to share and connect.

Business Impacts of Dunwoody

Temporary closing of businesses that provide “massage, manicure, hairstyling, or personal grooming services.” The decision is designed to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for employees and the public. The closure order will take effect at midnight and will last for 30 days, unless lifted or extended by Council. Click here for more details.

Temporary closing of Dunwoody gyms, studios and sports clubs: The Dunwoody City Council voted unanimously to require the temporary closure of gyms, studios and sports clubs offering the use of exercise equipment, shared activity space or close contact sports. Click here to read more.

Temporary closing of Dunwoody playgrounds and park restrooms: Starting March 20, the City of Dunwoody will close playgrounds and park restrooms to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. This emergency administrative action applies to all city parks. Click this link for full details.

Temporary restrictions on dine-in eating: During an emergency special called meeting Wednesday night, the Dunwoody City Council unanimously approved temporary dining restrictions for Dunwoody bars and restaurants to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for employees and the public. The emergency ordinance advises establishments to cease dine-in services immediately, but enforcement won’t begin until Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m. to allow time to prepare for the changes.

The emergency ordinance requires bars, restaurants, or businesses that sell food or beverages for consumption on premises to close in-person dining. Those establishments are allowed to offer delivery or takeout instead. Click here for more details and a link to the emergency ordinance.


Dunwoody Economic Development in the News:

Atlanta Business Chronicle's Dunwoody Market Report (April 2019)

Georgia Trend: Perimeter Area's New Identity (May 2019)

Tools for Doing Business with the City of Dunwoody:

Discover Dunwoody: Dunwoody's Georgia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber Guide

Georgia Facts 

Georgia EMC

Georgia Power

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Michael Starling

Economic Development Director