Tucker DDA elects new leaders, expands boundaries

Tucker City Hall. Photo by Dean Hesse.

This story has been updated. 

Tucker, GA — The Tucker Downtown Development Authority met on Feb. 7, electing Brian Chambers as the new chair and Crayton Lankford as vice chair. Kermit Hairston joined the board as a new member.

Chambers has served on the DDA since 2020. He is director of operations and vice president at Oakhurst Realty Partners. Lankford, a real estate agent and broker at Better Homes and Gardens, has served on DDA since 2018.

Assistant City Manager John McHenry announced new boundaries for the DDA to include part of Northlake Mall, except Macy’s, and Briarcliff Village. City Council members approved the new boundaries at the Jan. 11 meeting.

Business Outreach Coordinator Angela Brooks and Economic Development Manager Jackie Moffo said they’re working to ensure all businesses in Tucker have an Occupational Tax Certificate. Business and Occupation Taxes are taxes imposed on businesses located within the city to raise revenue for the provision of local government services, according to a memo.

Tucker budgeted the collection of business and occupation taxes at $3.3 million for FY22.

Moffo said when she is meeting business owners, she inquires about the OTC or alcohol license status to assist businesses if they need help.

“We are taking every opportunity to collect data to make sure we’re helping businesses where we can help them in addition to our regular outreach,” said Moffo.

DDA members held executive session for real estate, personnel or litigation. No votes were held after executive session.

The next DDA meeting will be held on March 7.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled a board member’s name. The story has been updated with the correct information. 

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