The Development Authority/Downtown Development Authority meets at 4:00 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the Freight Depot. The Joint Authority is composed of seven (7) members appointed by the City Council and recognized by the State of Georgia as a public corporation with a specified set of powers and a specific purpose and mission to:
- Develop and promote the public good and general welfare, trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities throughout the city
- Revitalize and redevelop the central business district
- Issue bonds to finance projects within the city
The purpose of the Development Authority of Fairburn is to develop and promote for the public good and general welfare, trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities and to promote the general welfare within the City of Fairburn.
The purpose of the Downtown Development Authority is the revitalization and redevelopment of the central business district of the city; to develop and promote for the public good and general welfare trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities and to promote the general welfare of the City of Fairburn. The nature of the Downtown Development Authority brings advantages because its sole concern is the downtown area, avoiding unrelated issues.
"City of Fairburn and their staff were extremely responsive and a true team-player in helping IDI pursue several large requirements for our site at SouthCreek V. The city’s representatives and staff are very entrepreneurial and professional; always exploring new ways to help bring new enterprise and jobs to the city. What an outstanding group of professionals.”
- Lisa M. Ward, CCIM, Vice President – Industrial Developments International
“Since 1996, Simmons Vedder Partners have been actively involved in the development of a Class A, mixed-use park, located in the City of Fairburn, called SouthCreek …it started as a raw piece of dirt without any improvements and SouthCreek now contains over 2 million square feet of industrial space, office, hotels and retail … Fairburn has been an active supporter of quality development and has been an instrumental part of SouthCreek's success … we have always considered Fairburn to be a supportive partner in all of our developments… whenever we can, we request that prospective users or buyers meet with a representative of the City of Fairburn because prospect is always impressed with the "can do" spirit of the City. … Simmons Vedder Partners has been fortunate to develop commercial and residential real estate all over the country. We find the City of Fairburn to be one of the most supportive municipalities we work with.”
- David Arnow, Partner, Simmons Vedder Partners
“We have been here in Fairburn and have grown over the years because of the people we have been able to hire. We’ve always found a very good quality workforce here … and the other reason we have stayed here is because of the location. Porex has been an international company from day one and it was so easy to get people in and out because of the proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport”
- Ray Hannah, Former Chairman, Porex Corporation