Historical Palmetto Positioned for New Growth
Described as a comfortable mix of country and charm, Palmetto has a history and commitment to preservation that makes it an excellent place for businesses and industries that are yearning for the benefits of a quiet, small-town community coupled with easy access to a major Interstate (just 2 miles from I-285) and the world’s busiest airport. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is only 20 miles north of Palmetto.
It’s easy to recognize the opportunities for growth in Palmetto when you consider it’s 2006 annexation of new land, just before the economic recession, which doubled its size to 1109-square-miles. While the community patiently awaits the new waters of economic recovery to fuel growth, Palmetto has nonetheless undertaken major strides toward developing the city into a unique mix of small southern town business with space for commercial enterprise.
Located 25 miles south of Atlanta on Highway 29, Palmetto was established in 1833 and became part of Fulton County in 1932. Today, Palmetto honors its history through the preservation of its historic homes and buildings. The most recent of which is the restoration of the old train depot into a new meeting facility and history learning museum thanks to a $1 million grant, according to City Administrator Bill Shell.
On the commercial front, Palmetto is home to the newly relocated Lowe’s East Coast 1.3 million-square-foot distribution facility and the new $6.3 million LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified Community Medical Center of Palmetto. Other industry mainstays in the community include the American-Apec-Pan-Engineering company (formerly Walker Concrete) and Spurlin Industries, as well as the Fulton County Board of Education and the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries.
“The town has been very supportive of business from the get-go,” said Jon Wollenzien, CEO of the Community Health Center of Palmetto, who noted that the company chose to locate the new 23,000-square-foot LEED® gold building in Palmetto in part because of its proximity to the airport, and other healthcare hubs and medical services. In fact, the company added its corporate offices to the new space when it relocated its headquarters from the City of Atlanta this past February. “We got an incredible amount of cooperation from the city in terms of breaking down barriers because our relocation benefits the people and city of Palmetto.”