2016 Mission: Economic Development Sub-committee is dedicated to taking a comprehensive approach to fostering economic development through education and providing timely information to residents and businesses with the purpose of boosting employment opportunity, economic development, and new business formation that contribute to improving quality of life in South Cobb. Read More...

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ACT Economic Development Report Each month our ecomomic development committee produce a economic development report to inform our members and community of the economic changes in the their neighborhood.  Click Here to review previous reports and this Month's Report. Business Meetings and Events, Watch out for businness meetings and events near you that could potentially help you improve the backbone of your financial state. Click Here to learn more.
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South Cobb Redevelopment AuthoritySouth Cobb Redevelopment Authority have been given powers that will have a wide-ranging impact on the revitalization, redevelopment and economic vitality of the area that you live in. Click Here to learn more. ACT Jobs Board , Is a partnership with Cobb Works and local community businesses in the Austell/Mableton area. If your looking for local work or in need to hire,  Click Here to find what your looking for.
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ACT Economic Development Report Each month our ecomomic development committee produce a economic development report to inform our members and community of the economic changes in the their neighborhood.  Click Here to review previous reports and this Month's Report. Business Meetings and Events, Watch out for businness meetings and events near you that could potentially help you improve the backbone of your financial state. Click Here to learn more. South Cobb Redevelopment AuthoritySouth Cobb Redevelopment Authority have been given powers that will have a wide-ranging impact on the revitalization, redevelopment and economic vitality of the area that you live in. Click Here to learn more. ACT Jobs Board , Is a partnership with Cobb Works and local community businesses in the Austell/Mableton area. If your looking for local work or in need to hire,  Click Here to find what your looking for.

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Cobb Government Economic Update

Economic Development Report

January 4, 2016



Carolyn Turner, ED Chairperson



Feature Story

Walmart to raise hourly wage in Georgia; provide raises for 58,900 workers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will provide 58,900 additional raises for associates across the state, which will increase the full-time average hourly wage in Georgia to $13.64, and the average wage for part-time associates to $10.47 per hour.


The raises will take place by February 2016. These raises represent an investment of $87.4 million in Georgia.  The pay hikes are part of Wal-mart’s $2.7 billion investment over two years in its U.S. workforce to raise wages, provide better training and increase scheduling flexibility.


In February 2016, Wal-mart will raise wages for associates hired before Jan. 1, 2016 to at least $10 an hour, $2.75 an hour above the federal minimum wage; hourly managers of this company’s more complex and service-oriented departments will earn at least $15 per hour. 


Associates hired beginning Jan 1, 2016 will start at $9 and move to at least $10 after successfully completing the company’s new Pathways training program.


Cobb County’s Comprehensive Plan for 2040.

 The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range, community designed growth strategy that will continue to make Cobb an attractive place to invest, conduct business and raise a family. The current plan covers the years 2007 -2030. This 10-year update will extend the plan’s growth outlook to 2040.  It will help Cobb guide and manage expected population and employment growth and coordinate major public investments in public safety, transportation, community facilities and other important elements.

The community’s input is needed to help shape Cobb’s future through the year 2040. The County staff will host and informational and interactive meeting about this plan update.

Powder Springs Business Expo

The City of Powder Springs will host the 2015 Business Edxpo and Entrepreneur Day on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10:00 am – 2:00  pm. At the Patricia C. Vaughn Cultural Arts Center in Powder Springs.

This is an invitation to the Austell/Mableton Community to receive this opportunity to meet new businesses, learn new business trends, incentives, enjoy booths, speakers, workshops, networking opportunities and demonstrations.

COBB COMMUTE – www.cobbcommute.org

Just to pass on a bit more Cobb information to residents in the South Cobb area, ……… Remember Cobb County has launched an easy-to-use web tool to help users navigate traffic. Color-coded traffic speeds on major roads and highways.  The information is available on desktop and mobile devices. Go to:www.cobbcommute.org.

It offers a look at LIVE traffic camera feeds around the county. Users have access to construction updates for major construction projects and can use filters to focus on a construction area of interest. This is part of Cobb County Department of Transportation (DOT).

Local cobb GOVERNMENT

 SERVICES

Animal Control - 770-499-4136
Auto Emission Inspections - 800-449-2471
Auto Tags - 770-528-4020
Better Business Bureau - 404-688-4910
Board of Health - 770-514-2300
Business License - Cobb County - 770-528-8410
Cobb Community Transit (CCT) - 770-427-4444
Cobb County Government- 770-528-3305
Cobb County State Court - 770-528-1761
Department of Sanitation - 770-794-5595
Drivers License Office - 770-528-3251
Georgia Department of Labor - 770-528-6100
Landfill - 770-528-2500
Recycling - 770-528-1135
Senior Services - 770-528-5355
Social Security Office - 800-772-1213
Solid Waste - 770-528-2500


HOSPITALS

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta- 404-785-7312
Emory Adventist Hospital at Smyrna - 770-436-3162
Northside Hospital - 404-851-8000
WellStar Cobb Hospital- 770-732-4000
WellStar Kennestone Hospital-  770-793-5000
WellStar Windy Hill Hospital- 770-644-1000 

LIBRARY

Cobb County Public Library System Headquarters - 770-528-2320
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click here for all Cobb Library locations

NEWSPAPERS

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution- 404-522-4141
Marietta Daily Journal- 770-428-9411

POLITICS

Democratic Party Headquarters- 404-885-1998
Republican Party Headquarters- 404-257-5559
Voter Registration- 770-528-2300

REAL ESTATE INFORMATION

Cobb Association of Realtors - 770-422-3900
Home Builders Association - 770-938-9900


SCHOOL SYSTEM

Cobb County Schools - 770-426-3300
Marietta City Schools - 770-422-3500

TAX INFORMATION

Georgia Income Tax - 404-656-4071
IRS - 800-829-3676
Property Tax - 770-528-8605 


TELEPHONE

AT&T - 404-810-8070
Comcast- 404-266-2278

WATER

City of Austell- 770-944-4300
City of Kennesaw- 770-424-8274
City of Powder Springs- 770-943-1666
City of Smyrna- 770-434-6600
Cobb County Water System- 770-423-1000
Marietta Power- 770-794-5150

WASTE DISPOSAL*

BFI Waste Systems - 404-792-2660
Consolidated Disposal Systems - 404-696-1530
Hamby's Commercial Waste - 770-439-1448
Q Care International - 770-953-2011
United Waste Service - 678-945-8072
Waste Management/Atlanta - 404-799-1047



Mableton Cityhood?Bottom of Form



Mableton possibly becoming a City.

Mableton ponders becoming a city to control it’s...own destiny.



Respectfully Submitted,

Carolyn Turner

Economic Development News - South Cobb Keeps It Moving

Austell Community Taskforce- Economic Development Report September 2016 - Submitted by Carolyn Turner, ED Board Chair

 

AUSTELL BUSINESS GROUP REORGANIZES


The Austell Business Association, inactive for the past several years, is being reformed and reenergized.The purpose of the Business Association is to provide a positive business atmosphere which promotes avenues for networking and business promotion as well as provide community involvement opportunities for its members.  Regular meetings will be on the third Thursday each month. Daryl Weaver, Austell's Zoning Administrator and Marla Miller, a former officer of the previous ABA are spearheading the organization.

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Austell City Council has tentatively adopted a millage rate of 3.060 mills which is equal to last year’s rate. This will increase property by .0760 mills.

SOUTH COBB REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY eyes adding paid position

The head of a south Cobb-based community organization says his group wants the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority to go through a transparent process as it considers adding to its ranks a new paid position.  The SCRA is tasked with the “revitalization and redevelopment” of the South Cobb area, according t its mission statement.

Albert McRae III serves as chairman of the Austell Community Taskforce, a resident-led, community-based umbrella organization with the aim of addressing growth and development, among other issues.  He said his organization had learned of the SCRA’s  proposal to add a paid staff position – project manager- to its organizational structure. McRae’s letter expressed concerns over the need for the position and the desire to see a hiring process that “takes into account fairness to all qualified candidates.”

The Authority is discussing with Cobb County the possibility for the county to provide project management for two major capital projects paid for by bonds in the Special Service District – major landscaping at both Interstate 20 interchanges, as well as development and installation of new wayfinding signage for the Special Service District.

In the meantime, the SCRA asked county staff to develop a potential project manager RFQ for the new position and if the county is unable to provide project management services, the SCRA may issue its own RFQ to obtain such services.  This would require approval from the county manager as it relates to bond expenditures.  Since the position would be funded by bond dollars, the person in that role could only focus on projects within the Special Service District.

McRae said the Austell Community Taskforce doesn’t oppose bringing in someone to help manage the SCRA’s projects. “If the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority thinks that it needs help, we support that – it just needs to have a needs assessment, write up a job description, and let it go through the county and see if they have the staff or personnel that can handle this position and if there’s really a need for it.” “And once that’s been determined, if there actually is a need for it, and we can see where these hats are too much for the staff member that’s coordinating the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority and someone needs to be hired, that means everybody is on the same page”. In addition to the other projects of the SCRA, In October, they purchased the apartments on Six Flags Drive for $3.7 million, with plans calling for the apartments to be demolished and the property it sat on marketed to developers with the aim of spurring economic development in the corridor.



POLICE ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL BODY CAMERAS

More Cobb Police officers will soon be outfitted with body-worn cameras by the department as voted on by county commissioners to purchase more equipment last month.  The department has 133 body cameras in use and Police Chief John Houser is asked for $254,164 to expand the body camera program - $106,607 to purchase 100 cameras and $147,557 for additional server space and data storage. The funding will come from the police department’s fiscal 2016 operating budget for equipment.

BRAVES PARTNER WITH COBB SCHOOLS

The Atlanta Braves have announced a partnership with the Cobb County School District. The Braves outlined the five-part initiative and helped motivate Cobb School staff during the District's leadership kickoff celebration at Hillgrove High School. The Braves announced the partnership with an exciting Braves drumline that included Cobb students. Former Braves player and current Braves sports analyst Brian Jordan addressed the Cobb School leader. The programs the Braves have partnered to support include.

·         Literacy Programs for K-8

·         Braves Student Leaders for 9-12

·         Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education for K-12

·         Teacher Grants, Recognition and Recruitment

·         Jobs for Students and Teachers

The Braves will be calling Clarke County home, and they are dedicated to helping students achieve success.

COBB POLICE PERFORM COMPLIANCE CHECK FOR  SALE OF ALCOHOL TO MINORS

Cobb County Police conducted an under 21 compliance check a few weeks ago. During the operation, 20 (twenty)  establishments were checked for compliance, but the following seven stores were found out of compliance by selling alcohol to an underage volunteer.

·         Publix 5015 -Floyd Road in Mableton, GA

·         Top Shelf Liquors -5015 Floyd Road in Mableton, GA

·         Suburban Package -299 Veterans Memorial Hwy in Mableton GA

·         El Solecito – 511 Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton GA

·         Kwik Serve – 1055 Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton GA

·         Valero Food Mart – 4357 Cobb Parkway in Acworth, GA

·         Terrys Value Mart – 4514 Cobb Parkway in Acworth, GA

PASSING A SCHOOL BUS IN GEORGIA: Laws, Fines

The fine for illegally passing a Georgia school bus that is stopped with flashing lights can be anywhere up to a whopping $1000.

Across the state,  police are reminding drivers to watch for youngsters daring into traffic and that illegally passing school buses stopped for loading and unloading of children carries a hefty fine.

It is against the law for a car to pass a bus that is stopped with its lights flashing and stop-sign arm extended. Police are reminding drivers that traffic in both directions must stop for a school bus if there is no dividing median on the road.

If the police see a drive illegally passing a school bus, the police can pull the driver over and hand over a moving violation that carries a fine of as much as $1000. Other penalties include a mandatory court appearance; up to six points on your driving record; and a conviction if you’re under 21 that constitutes a license suspension.

NONPROFITS TO RECEIVE REALLOCATD GRANT FUNDS

Six Cobb nonprofits could receive more than $629,000 in additional federal funding following a 30-day public comment now in progress. The funding would come in the form of exuxpended Community development Block Grant program funds and HOME Investment Partnerships program funds – two grand programs that receive funding from the US Dept of Housing & Urban Development. The grant programs are among those overseen by the CDBG program. Each year, the county accepts applications from nonprofits or county departments on activities that would be eligible under these grant categories. This funding was either allocated to organizations and they couldn’t spend it, so the county is reallocating it based on their annual application cycle and for the HOME program, there’s funding that was either used in a different manner by an organization – because an organization is allowed to generate program income or proceeds.