About Alpharetta, Georgia
The fastest growing community in the south and one of the richest cities in the state of Georgia, Alpharetta is now a premiere city which features a lot of mid-rise buildings and is home to more than 3,600 businesses. The name of the city was derived from the Greek word alpha, which means first, and retta meaning town. In the past, it was named as New Prospect Camp Ground when it started as a tiny village and became the trading post of the Indians and white settlers in exchanging goods. The village was also blessed with good soil which is great for planting cotton. In 1858, the small town was chartered and happened to be the county seat of Milton County. In the same year they adopted the name of Alpharetta or the first town, until the end of 1931 when Milton County was forced to merge with Fulton County to stop it from becoming bankrupt during the Great Depression. Although Alpharetta began with a poor start and was greatly affected by the Great Depression prior to the World War II, the city still managed to strive and is now considered as one of the most successful cities in the south today. In fact, the top employers of the city are ADP, AT&T, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Verizon and other high-tech companies. In addition to its progress, Alpharetta is also home to prominent celebrities like Usher Raymond, R&B singer; Whitney Houston, R&B singer; Keyshia Cole, R&B singer; Jeff Foxworthy, a comedian; and Raven Symone, an actress.