Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson to Host DeKalb Business Summit

Allison M. Slocum
District Manager

February 19, 2020

Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson to Host DeKalb Business Summit
Featuring sessions about opportunity and empowerment zones

DECATUR, Ga.–DeKalb County is home to many entrepreneurs and small business owners who contribute to the economic landscape of this great nation. Because many owners are unaware of the county resources available to them, it is the goal of Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson to ensure they have access to those resources and are equipped to succeed in business and maximize their growth potential.

To that end, Commissioner Cochran-Johnson will hold a DeKalb County Business Summit on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 2500 Clairmont Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.

“DeKalb County is rich in land and opportunities for its residents to carve out a piece of the American dream,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson. “It is my goal to create an atmosphere that allows DeKalb businesses the freedom to grow and thrive.”

The DeKalb County Business Summit will provide attendees pertinent information on infrastructure, public safety, tax allocation districts, overlay districts, opportunity and empowerment zones, and more. In addition, attendees will learn how these resources can impact a growing business.

“We’ve taken great care to comprise workshops that outline how and where to best do business in DeKalb,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson. “I’m confident business owners will gain a wealth of knowledge at the summit and we’re excited to offer information on small business incentives, including abatements and loan products available throughout the county. Most importantly, it is time we ensure our small business owners have the resources they need to progressively move forward in DeKalb.”

Representatives from DeKalb County’s Planning and Zoning Department and Code Compliance Division will be in attendance as well as Decide DeKalb and Operation HOPE to answer questions and provide vital information. Breakfast will also be served.

This event is limited to two representatives per active DeKalb County business license. Continental breakfast will be served. Interested business owners can register at or by calling 404-371-3681.

For media coverage or to schedule interviews with Commissioner Cochran-Johnson, email or call 404-371-3681. Constituents and interested parties are encouraged to visit to register for community updates and notification of future events.