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RSVP by Friday for business town hall

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Cobb’s Office of Finance and Economic Development and District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid will host a Business Town Hall meeting 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, June 2, at South Cobb Government Center, 4700 Austell Road, Mableton.

During the meeting, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about county business resources, business licenses, how to do business with the county, economic incentive programs, job training resources and business resources available at local libraries.

The rezoning process, updates on nearby public infrastructure projects and major development activity in the area will also be discussed. Please RSVP by Friday, May 29, to Michael Hughes, mhhughes@cobbcounty.org or 770-528-1510 or Bianca Keaton, bianca.keaton@cobbcounty.org or 770-528-3311.

 

RSVP for business town hall

 

Cobb’s Office of Finance and Economic Development and District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid will host a Business Town Hall meeting 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, June 2, at South Cobb Government Center, 4700 Austell Road, Mableton.

During the meeting, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about county business resources, business licenses, how to do business with the county, economic incentive programs, job training resources and business resources available at local libraries.

The rezoning process, updates on nearby public infrastructure projects and major development activity in the area will also be discussed. Please RSVP by Friday, May 29, to Michael Hughes, mhhughes@cobbcounty.org or 770-528-1510 or Bianca Keaton, bianca.keaton@cobbcounty.org or 770-528-3311.

 

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Cobb Fire Department accepting applications for Firefighter I

 

The application period for Firefighter I with the Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services is open until June 1, 2015.

Individuals interested should send an email to joincobbfire@cobbcounty.org. Applicants may also visit the job fair website at www.cobbjobfair.com and click on the Fire Departments page.

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and the Cobb County Fire APP that can be downloaded to iPhones and Androids.

 

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Chairman touts progress and impact of SunTrust Park development

 

During a town hall meeting on May 11, Chairman Lee provided comprehensive update on SunTrust Park and economic expansion in Cobb County.

Highlights from the update include:

  • Transportation investment in and around SunTrust Park development is valued at $2billion;
  • $1b in transportation improvements;
  • I-75 managed lanes project;
  • The Windy Hill Diverging Diamond Interchange;
  • Windy Hill corridor improvements;
  • $1b Ball Park and Mixed Use development;
  • Comcast bringing 850 new jobs to 9 story office tower; and
  • Omni Hotel announces 16 story, 4 star hotel.

Impact on Cobb County to date:

  • $250K property tax bill in 2014, $512k in 2015 – it is still dirt;
  • Cobb County subcontractors awarded $200 million of work;
  • This represents 76 percent of subcontracts awarded to date; and
  • Percent increase in hotel motel taxes from FY 13 to FY 14.

 

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This is Rocket Science

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Anthony Toliver has just set up shop in East Cobb with his new business, Rocket Science Car & Bike. With 20 years in the field and five of those years as a business owner, Toliver brings his expertise to an array of car, truck, and motorcycle services, such as window tinting, car audio/video, and motorcycle maintenance.

According to Toliver, who is MECP certified, the decision to move his business from Hiram, GA, to the East Cobb area was primarily for two reasons: denser population and business opportunity. Tucked away in a shopping center near the corner of Johnson Ferry and Lower Roswell Roads, he can easily service not only East Cobb, but also the Sandy Springs, Roswell, and Alpharetta areas as well.

“I had reached a growth plateau at my current location, and I wanted to move my business to an area with more people,” explains Toliver. “Also, research revealed that no other window tinting or car audio/video businesses were located in East Cobb.”

One of the many services that Rocket Science Car & Bike offers is window tinting. For car and truck owners, Toliver touts the advantages of this service, which include: privacy, glare reduction from the sun  during the day and lights at night, blockage of 99 percent of UV rays for humans and upholstery, and blockage of 50 percent of solar energy. He adds a safety advantage that is not commonly associated with window tinting. During a car crash, regular side windows shatter upon impact. If windows are tinted, the glass holds together much better.

For those car and truck owners who enjoy music and especially those who commute to work, Rocket Science Car & Bike can equip your vehicle with a surround-sound system just like home. For those  drivers with children, Rocket Science offers a mobile video system for watching movies during car trips or for errands around town. Other services include car remote starters, security systems, and keyless entries.

Motorcyclists can stop by Rocket Science Car & Bike for any minor servicing or preventative work they might need. Toliver also keeps motorcycle tires, gear, helmets, and apparel at his shop for sale. No longer do East Cobbers have to drive a long distance for vehicle window tinting and car audio/video needs or motorcycle services.

Rocket Science is conveniently located at 4696 Lower Roswell Rd., Ste. 900, Marietta 30068. Hours are: Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 10:30-7:00; Saturday, 10:00-4:00; Wednesday and Sunday, closed. The shop can be open by appointment on Wednesdays. For more information, go to www.rocketsciencecar.com or call 770-439-7025. You can also find Rocket Science Car & Bike on Facebook.

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New U-Haul Dealer Valero Offers Marietta a Moving Option

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Ten miles from the Dobbins Air Reserve Base sits Valero gas station and convenience store at 3065 Shallowford Road in East Cobb County, one of the newest U-Haul neighborhood dealerships.

After years of operating this and three other gas stations in Georgia, Ram Parajuli and his partner decided to add U-Haul® services to their business.

“We didn’t see many U-Haul trucks around here,” Parajuli said. “We thought, ‘Our customers would appreciate somewhere to rent a truck.’”

Valero now offers U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and more. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer by visiting http://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Marietta-GA or calling(770) 999-0203 today.

Valero’s hours of operation are 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. MondaySaturday and 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. After-hours drop-off is available for U-Haul customers, who now have a convenient option near Sandy Plains Road for rental equipment during the busy summer moving season.

Whether people need to fill their gas tank, grab some groceries, make a cross-country move or just move something in town, Valero can help.

U-Haul and Valero are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharing is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis.

Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air.

Valero is a great place to become U-Haul Famous. Take your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck. Upload your photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous, or go to www.uhaulfamous.com~to submit photos and learn more.

 

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Cobb Chamber’s Business Expo is Thursday

Attend the Business Expo and Summer JAM presented by Cobb County Chamber on Thursday, May 14 at Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.
More than 150 Cobb County companies will showcase their products and services. FREE and open to the public. Event hours are 3-7pm.
More info: contact Mary Beth Moore, 770-859-2359 or mmoore@cobbchamber.org.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like a ballpark!

 

This week, the Atlanta Braves released new pictures of construction of SunTrust Park:

  • All four tower cranes are up and operational
  • Most of the grading and deep foundation is complete
  • All caissons are complete; and
  • The first elevated concrete deck has been poured in the outfield concession and restroom area.

The tremendous progress is evident in the pictures and also in the construction schedule as American Builders have ramped construction up to a six-day workweek.  Speaking of the work, Cobb County subcontractors have been awarded $200 million of work on the site.  This represents 76 percent of subcontracts awarded to date. Click here for detailed information about the exciting SunTrust Park development.

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Thank you East Cobb businesses for supporting EAST COBBER Mother of the Year!

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EAST COBBER’S Mother of the Year 2015 is invited to participate in this year’s EAST COBBER Parade. Brittney Tomczak also receives the following gifts donated by local businesses:

 

Best Quality Cleaners – $25 Gift Certificate
Bob Steele Salon – $50 Gift Card and Hair Care Products,
Bruster’s Ice Cream – Gift Certificate for 8” Cake
Chicken Salad Chick – $25 Gift Card and Cooler (Cooler $20 value)
Cookies by Design – Mother’s Spring Blossoms Cookie Arrangement ($64 value)
Famous Nails – Free Manicure
Fat Lady Baker – Gift Card for Free Entrée ($14.95 value)
Firestone (Sandy Plains) – 2 Free Oil Changes
Fuji Hana – $25 Gift Certificate
Jersey Mike’s Subs – Free regular sub
Keegan’s Irish Pub – $50 Gift Certificate
Kelli Green Garden Center and Nursery – $15 gift certificate
Lucia’s Italian Restaurant – $40 Gift Card
Mellow Mushroom (Shallowford Road) – $20 Gift Card
New Lucky China – $25 Gift Card
O’Charley’s – Gift Certificates for Free Appetizers, Free Pie, Free Kids Meals
SG Hair & Spa – $40 Gift Card and Hair Care Products
Thank you East Cobb merchants for honoring EAST COBBER’s Mother of the Year with such lovely gifts!

 

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RSVP for business seminar this week

 

Cobb County needs quality vendors ready to provide the best value to our community. In 2013, more than 16,000 small business transactions were awarded, totaling more than $9 million. More than 12,000 large business transactions were also awarded, totaling more than $126 million. To find out how your business can get in on the action, register for the first “How to Do Business with Cobb County” seminar 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 7, hosted by Cobb County’s Purchasing Department, Keep it in Cobb and the Cobb County School District.

Participants will learn about vendor opportunities, meeting with department representatives, network with local business owners and learn about the Local Vendor Preference. The seminar will be held 5-7 p.m. in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. Space is limited, so reserve a spot today. RSVP to Inger Eberhart at 770-528-3317 or inger.eberhart@cobbcounty.org. Register as a vendor at cobbcounty.org/purchasing andcobbk12.org/centraloffice/purchasing.

 

 

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