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n 1970, Cobb’s population was about 200,000.
Fifty years later its reputation as a family-oriented bedroom community helped it rise to
at least 765,000 people, making it Georgia’s
third most populous county. Its high-quality
schools have been an important driver in
that growth, which has brought demographic and political changes. In fact, U. S. News and World Report’s 2019
Best High Schools Report included 17 Cobb schools in
the “Best High Schools in America” category.
While today’s average price for a single-family home
in Cobb is $300,000, townhomes and condos are more
affordable and have become popular in Cobb, including
downtown Marietta and at The Battery Atlanta where
residents can walk to restaurants, shops, and bars.
Cobb’s Economic Impact in Georgia
It is interesting to learn that Cobb County has more
than 20,000 businesses, a convention center, professional sports teams and one of the best educated workforces
in the state. Major developments, such as The Battery
Atlanta, adjacent to Truist Park, and the Cumberland
Community Improvement District have attracted businesses and new jobs.
The county is home to ve Fortune 1000 headquarters— Aaron’s, Bluelinx, Genuine Parts Co., The Home
Depot and HD Supply. It welcomed 19 new companies or
expansions in 2019 representing 2,592 high-quality jobs.
Then there was an additional 15 new companies in 2020
representing 2,414 high quality jobs, including Papa John’s
global headquarters coming to The Battery Atlanta in
2021. And the German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG is
building the North American headquarters for its elevator
division in the Cumberland area. At 420 feet, it will become the county’s tallest building when it opens in 2022.
Cobb Chamber’s COO and SelectCobb Executive
Director Dana Johnson works closely with Cobb County’s
Development Authority Executive Director Nelson Geter,
Economic Development Director Amanda Blanton and
county and state partners to attract new businesses and
industries, and to assist in nancing projects that will create jobs and economic expansion throughout the county.
Cobb Chamber An Effective Economic Driver
Sharon Mason, who was named president and CEO
of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in 2018, brings more
than 18 years of Chamber leadership and non-prot
experience to her current role. And she didn’t waste any
time hitting the ground running.
One of her rst moves— selling the Chamber’s
longtime, aging building— grew out of a 2017 strategic
planning process with her board of directors and input
from 1,000 community leaders. “We received a lot of
input from these leaders,” Mason recalls, “and it became
clear that our 35-year-old-building had served a great
purpose. But in order to attract the caliber of companies
that were considering Cobb, we needed a space that
would enhance our recruitment efforts.”
“We considered either renovating our existing building or moving into a new space. After lots of analysis, it
was clear that the right decision for us was to sell our existing land to save for the future, and also use a portion
of the proceeds to renovate an existing space on the 10th
oor at Circle 75, right across from the stadium,” she
recalls. “As soon as you step off the elevator on the 10th
oor, you can see Truist Park, The Battery Atlanta and a
view that reaches all the way to Kennesaw Mountain.”
“Our view on the 10th oor provides views of downtown, midtown, and the airport,” Mason proudly told
this writer. She emphasizes that it showcases our community to prospective companies by providing such a
panoramic view of where these key locations are.
The move has afforded the Chamber the ability to invest in new technology, such as fully integrated meeting
space, which speaks to the high-tech brands that it seeks
to attract, and the potential jobs they can bring to Cobb
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