November Northside Man: Steve Stroud


Northside Man: Steve Stroud, executive director,
Roswell Inc.
Hometown:  Roswell, Georgia
High School/College:  Georgia State University, Political Science
Family: Single dad to three daughters, ages 21, 16 and 13
Community Connections: 
Steve Stroud has taken on leadership roles in a wide range of civic, business and charitable organizations across North Fulton, particularly in Roswell. The list of involvement, both past and present, include Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Roswell Rotary, Historic Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, North Fulton Community Charities, Roswell Recreation and Parks Commission, Leadership Georgia, Regional Leadership Institute, Leadership North Fulton, Child Development Association, Star House Foundation and United Way North Fulton. In 2000, Stroud was named the Small Business Person of the Year by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce..

You’ve lived in North Fulton your entire life.What keeps you here?
I grew up in Roswell and have been heavily invested in this community since I was a kid. When I got married and started thinking about where I wanted to raise my own family, I could think of no better place than my hometown of Roswell. This place always has and always will be my home.

What are your thoughts on the region’s transition to a business and residential magnet in Metro Atlanta?
The growth we’ve experienced in this area over the past couple decades is a testament to the high quality of life we have in Roswell and all of North Fulton. Speaking for Roswell, specifically, we have one of the best parks and recreation systems in the nation, great schools, a fantastic restaurant and brewery scene, a growing arts and culture community, in addition to safe, friendly neighborhoods.
It’s not surprising that more and more people want to move both their families and their businesses to this area.

Do you believe the region is successfully balancing residential interests?
I believe that’s where the importance of thinking regionally really comes into play. At Roswell Inc, we guide economic development efforts for our city, which means we regularly look to balance these issues locally.
However, to do that, we also work collaboratively with our neighboring cities and regional and state agencies to ensure that we are all thinking about how our region is growing together.
Outside the office, how important is community involvement?
To me, community involvement is essential. I have been heavily involved in my community since I was in high school.
It’s how I built my business, and it’s how I’m working now at Roswell Inc to build a healthy, sustainable community for my kids and grandkids. 

In your free time, where will we find you?
You can usually find me spending time with my three daughters, watching Georgia football, dining out with friends, and taking trips to the beach. 


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