Doraville, GA, September 19, 2016 – The Post Reports – A group of over 30 business and property owners in the Buford Highway area has launched the Business BuHi (Buford Highway) Coalition to promote the area’s international character and business community.
On September 15, 2016, a dozen members of the group met at Yen Jing Chinese Restaurant to officially launch the Coalition, which grew out of discussions surrounding the update to the City of Doraville’s Comprehensive Plan as well as initial planning for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative Study for the Buford Highway Corridor. The Coalition’s official mission is “to encourage economic growth and vitality in the Buford Highway area by providing its members with advocacy and marketing that promotes the area’s multicultural character.”
The Coalition “recognizes the significant accomplishments of and facilitates ongoing dialogue and cooperation among the Buford Highway corridor’s business community, chambers of commerce, community organizations, residents, elected officials, local governments, and civic leaders; strengthens and promotes Buford Highway’s diverse, multicultural character through branding, marketing, and tourism; and develops opportunities for business and civic networking, programming, and education for Buford Highway businesses and residents, including local youth.”
“I am pleased to work with the Business BuHi Coalition in order to promote growth and increase businesses’ interaction with local government,” said Julio Penaranda, General Manager of Plaza Fiesta. “This coalition is the perfect gateway for local business owners to learn how local government works and become an advocate on policy decisions that affect their operations.”
“Atlanta Chinatown Mall is proud to have been an integral part of Atlanta’s international community for over nearly thirty years,” said Peter Chang, President of ACT Investments. “We are very excited and supportive of this multi-ethnic, cross-cultural collaboration to promote the area’s unique, diverse character to both residents and visitors.”
“As a local business owner for over a decade, running a business on Buford Highway has not only been a successful career path but also a source of deep emotional attachment,” said Lilly Zhao, General Manager of J’s Mini Hot Pot Deluxe. “We support the Business BuHi Coalition as a platform for business owners to speak out for ourselves and achieve future success.”
According to a December 2015 policy report (“Immigrants Help Chart Course to Georgia’s Prosperity”) issued by the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, immigrants own an estimated 31 percent of Georgia’s “Main Street businesses.” These businesses include retail, accommodation and food services, and neighborhood services, and provide reliable commercial activity as well as character to commercial corridors such as Buford Highway.
Currently, the Coalition, which has been meeting regularly since May, represents businesses from Buford Highway and surrounding neighborhoods within the Cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Doraville. The Coalition seeks to expand its membership and will continue to meet monthly to discuss issues facing the Buford Highway business community as well as opportunities for collective marketing and tourism.