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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. 

To download an application for consideration of development authority bonds, please click here.

Jon Ritt
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BIDA Chair

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 Vice 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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In Honor of Walt Bellamy
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BIDA Secretary/Treasurer

The New Bern, North Carolina native resided in College Park for more than 30 years, up to his passing in November, 2013.   As an Atlanta Hawk (1973-74), Bellamy reached the 20,000 point mark positioning himself as the sixth player in NBA history to achieve this milestone.  He was also 3rd in career rebounds and field goal percentage. Off the court, he led players as Vice President of the NBA Players Association during his career. In 1984 Walt was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the Indiana University Hall of Fame and the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1993. A man of service, Walt is a member of the Atlanta Urban League and also served as an Advisory Board Member of the Maryland Old Line Corp., and the Southwest YMCA.  In 1976 he served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention and was later elected and served as a delegate in the 1984 and 1988 DNC.  Mr. Bellamy served as Senate Doorkeeper of the Georgia General Assembly from 1977-1981. He was the founder and first president of Men of Tomorrow Inc.  


Subrenia Willis
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BIDA Member
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