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and metro Atlanta. And many a successful business
election underscored this trend, with Republicans
and community meetings and deals have been conbeing replaced in offices ranging from the sheriff
ducted since the office opened in early 2020.
and district attorney to the chair of the County
In addition to its members, the Chamber
Commission. In fact, that election produced
is reaching out to businesses through a
for the rst time an all-female Commission
new marketing brand which, Mason says,
of three Democrats and two Republicans.
tells an important story. “The new logo
Lisa Cupid, the new Commission
features a capital C, which, calls to mind
chairwoman, has served since 2012 as
a round table with an open seat, as the
District 4 commissioner representing
Chamber seeks to welcome new compaAustell, Mableton, Powder Springs, south
nies “to help them keep growing in Cobb.”
Marietta, and portions of Smyrna. It
Then there’s Cobb Travel & Tourism
should be noted that she wears several hats
which is marketing the county and its assets
by being an attorney, former mediator, policy
as a 365-day destination. As the leading industry in
analyst and manufacturing engineer.
Cobb, tourism represents a $3.15 billion economic impact
Now, as chairwoman working with four other comand supports more than 43,000 jobs. Indeed, tourism
missioners, Cupid’s main priorities include:
created $86.99 million in state tax revenues and generat• Expanding transit to areas that lost service
ed $51.33 million for Cobb and its cities in tax revenues.
during the recession, such as a bus line from her
Each Cobb household, Mason says, would need to be
4th District to the Cumberland commercial area.
taxed an additional $499 per year to replace taxes generated by tourism activity.
• Fostering creation of Cobb’s rst Zoning 101 program, which has educated over 80 participants.
Cobb County’s New Commission Chair
As Cobb’s population and demographics have
changed, so have its leaders. The 2020 November general
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• Advocating for community-oriented policing,
and greater use of technology in policing, to
better protect both citizens and police.
• Supporting transparency, thoughtful spending,
and community engagement in assessing the
county’s new stadium and its annual budget.
• Supporting economic development and
redevelopment of blighted areas. (In 2017,
Cupid’s district led the county in new
single-family home starts.)
Marietta & the New Battery Complex
Historic Marietta is 15 miles northwest of Atlanta
and is Cobb’s county seat. If you are looking for things to
do in Cobb, check out TripAdvisor’s “Things to do near
Marietta Square,” which features Marietta Square Market, information about Food Tours, its Earl and Rachel
Smith Strand Theatre, Museum of History, a Farmers
Market, a new Theatre in the Square, the historic Confederate cemetery where 3,000 of the South’s Civil War
fallen are buried, and a lot more.
Georgia history buffs well know that Northern Gen.
William T. Sherman attacked Marietta and the town
burned to the ground as he and his troops swept through
on an infamous “March to the Sea.” But, like Atlanta,
Marietta rose again in the late 19th Century like a phoenix from the ashes.
It was in the 1940s when Marietta was really transformed after Bell Aircraft Corp. built a plant just outside
the sleepy town. Farmers left their elds to build airplanes
and many a housewife and clerk went to work on the assembly line. World War II not only ended the Depression
in Cobb County, it left behind its simple, longtime rural
lifestyle. Along came the sprawling Dobbins Air Reserve
Base and the neighboring Lockheed Martin manufacturing plant, which became and still are the city’s major
industries. Those were the days. Now there’s continued
residential development. As for the Marietta Square city
Communications Manager Lindsey Wyles says, “it has
experienced exciting development despite the ongoing
pandemic. Some of its recent improvements include a
steakhouse, distillery, bakery and high-end salon.”
A 21st Century Cobb County has also become known
as home for The Battery Atlanta. It is a 2 million squarefoot mixed-use development located at the intersection
of I-75 and I-285. It offers a mix of boutique shopping,
market-exclusive entertainment experiences, restaurants, 531 residences and a ballpark that’s home to the
Atlanta Braves baseball team.
Mike Plant is the president and CEO of the Braves
Development Company which manages The Battery
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