Sean Kiewiet, CTO of Priority Payment, says the business climate in Alpharetta has improved since Priority's founding back in 2005: "When we started it was a sleepy borough," he says.
"Now, there are a lot of things that are unique compared to other startup markets," he
says, such as access to venture capital and angel funding.
The "computers in a box," as Tokar calls them, will help teach children how to code. (Priority's CEO John Priore and Kiewiet both serve on the Technology Commission's board of directors.)
"We've been working with the Commission to bring some of the issues that we were struggling with to the mayor and to the city council, and they've been really responsive," says Kiewiet
"Alpharetta is growing."
If you want to be in finance technology, you go to Atlanta," explains Kiewiet
notes that by living in Alpharetta, you can still enjoy the perks of the Peach State's capital city - without some of the more expensive drawbacks.
"The social atmosphere has improved a lot," says Kiewiet
, nodding to new co-working spaces, cafés and nice restaurants.