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Business & Industrial Development Authority
Overview
The City of College Park’s Business and Industrial Development Authority (BIDA) works to encourage business relocation and expansion by offering access to BIDA owned property and BIDA funding initiatives. The purpose of BIDA, according to Georgia Senate Resolution No. 348: To attain development and promote for the public good, general welfare, trade commerce, industry and employment opportunities. For more details click SR 348. 


Jon Ritt
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BIDA Member

Jon Ritt has been a College Park resident since 1997. He is an ardent supporter of historic property restoration, reuse, and repurposing for the contemporary life of a diverse community. A native of the Chicago area, Jon has lived and worked in Miami, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Charlotte, and Philadelphia as well as Atlanta. Jon graduated from Elmhurst College and did graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has 40+ years experience in consumer research of restaurants and packaged goods.

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Jeff Green
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BIDA Board Chair

Jeff Green resides in College Park’s Ward 3 and has been a member of the board since 2004. He has deep roots in the Tri-Cities area. Born in East Point to parents from Hapeville, he went on to earn a degree from the University of Georgia. He has worked as a journalist in Atlanta and New York, and also has previously worked in public relations for the Atlanta Regional Commission and for a professional soccer team in South Florida.

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Eleanor Dean Cornelius
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BIDA Member

Eleanor Dean Cornelius has resided in Ward 4 of the College Park Community for over 30 years.  As a resident, she has served the area in several capacities from Neighborhood Watch Captain to Assistant Poll Manager (2013). She has also participated in College Park’s Cityfest as a volunteer and serving as volunteer chairperson in 2013. In her hometown in Northeast Georgia, she was co-owner of a business from 1990 to 1993. Eleanor is a graduate of Albany State University (B.S. degree) and Brenau University (M. A. and Ed. S. degrees). As a retired educator, Eleanor continues to serve and demonstrate her passion for educating children by working as a substitute teacher at a neighborhood elementary school.  She is actively involved in the Albany State Alumni Association, South Fulton Retired Educators, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

 

 


Subrenia Willis
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BIDA Vice Chair
Subrenia Willis a noted community leader, entrepreneur, developer, College Park BIDA member and former candidate for College Park, City Council. Willis is also well-known as a motivator, child advocate and track coach who has demonstrated her unique ability to effectively create collaboration and build a foundation for success in her every endeavor.
A native of Atlanta Georgia, Willis has resided in College Park for almost 30 years, raised eight children, and she has given of herself in a manner which depicts her commitment to a meaningful and productive community for all citizens. She is the Founder of Favor House, a community youth enrichment organization that is committed to guiding youth towards excellence. Favor House unique programs, encourages a healthy lifestyle through the athletic discipline of track and field and the therapeutic equestrian discipline of caring for and riding horses. A passion for children with special needs, Subrenia is committed to empowering the health and wellness for all youth. 

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Juanita Forbes
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BIDA Member
Juanita Forbes is a native of New York and has resided in the College
Park for the past 18 years. She has worked for major corporations such
as Pan Am and Delta. She currently works for Bank of America and is able
to use her current and past experiences to bring growth to our community.
Helping College Park continue to flourish with new businesses is a top
priority for her as a member of the College Park Business and Industrial Development Authority. 

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College Park City Hall
3667 Main St.
College Park, GA 30337
Phone: (404) 767-1537