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A glance at county, state & federal government services, decisions, and issues that effect East Cobbers.

County airport continues growth and expansion

 

Workers successfully competed against high winds this week to place the 67,000-pound top on the new air traffic control tower at McCollum Field.

The $2.9 million tower, scheduled to be completed in January, will improve visibility, provide proper layout of equipment and offer an improved work environment for controllers. The construction is part of many improvements at McCollum Field, including the planned building of a U.S. Customs inspection facility.

Cobb County airport is the second busiest general aviation airport in Georgia and is home to 250 aircraft, while generating an annual economic impact of more than $112 million to the local community and supporting 842 local jobs, according to county officials.

 

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Performers sought for Cobb County MLK tribute

Auditions to perform for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute at the Cobb County Civic Center will start 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. The theme of the event is “50 Years Later: Believe It, Achieve It.”

Those interested must call 770-425-5757 to reserve audition slots. Acts can include dance interpretations, dramatic readings and musical performances. There is a three minute time limit for each performance.

Subsequent auditions will take place 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. Auditions will take place at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta.

The celebration, sponsored by the Cobb County branch of the NAACP and Cobb County Government, will take place 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19.

 

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Legislative forum moved to Tuesday

The annual Cobb County Delegation Legislative Forum has been rescheduled and will be held 9:30-11:30 am Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, 48 Henderson Street Marietta. The legislative forum provides an opportunity for local officials and community groups to submit any concerns or questions before members of the Cobb Delegation before the Georgia General Assembly convenes on Jan. 12. The legislative forum is open to the public.

 

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Swearing-in ceremonies for county commissioners upcoming

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The newly-elected commissioner of District One, Bob Weatherford, will be sworn into office at a ceremony 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17. The honorable Judge J. Stephen Schuster will administer the Oaths of Office and the ceremony will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

District Three Commissioner JoAnn Birrell will be sworn in for her second term at a ceremony 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6. The honorable Senior Judge G. Conley Ingram and the honorable Judge S. Lark Ingram will administer the Oaths of Office and the ceremony will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

 

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Solicitor General Barry Morgan hosts Holiday Open House

Solicitor General Barry E. Morgan

 

Solicitor General Barry E. Morgan and his staff will host a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 12, 2014, from 2-4pm, at 10 E. Park Square, Suite 300, Marietta, 30090. Drop by to celebrate the Holiday season with Morgan and his staff.

 

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Cobb Republicans honor Phil Gingrey

 

Join the Cobb Republican party and Governor Nathan Deal at the Cobb GOP December First Saturday Breakfast for a special tribute to Congressman Phil Gingrey for his 21 years of public service on Saturday, December 6, 8-10am.

Cobb GOP Headquarters, 799 Roswell Street Marietta, GA 30060 (1/4 mile west of the Big Chicken). Admission is $10 per person. There is no extra charge for breakfast or coffee.

Pay at the door, cash or check only.

 

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Cobb Libraries announce Holiday hours

The Cobb County Public Library System will be closed on the following dates:

  • Christmas: close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and closed Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26
  • New Year’s: close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31; reopen on Friday, January 2
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 19

For a full list of all holiday observances, please visit their website.

 

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Help needy children enjoy the holidays by ‘stuffing a bus’

A Cobb Community Transit bus will transform into Santa’s sleigh to help needy children in Cobb enjoy the holidays. Cobb Department of Transportation and CCT are again sponsoring the 2014 Stuff-A-Bus, benefiting Cobb Christmas, Inc., the county’s oldest and largest holiday assistance program.

The CCT bus will make donation collections at various venues around the county Dec. 2-12. Your help is needed to “Stuff-A-Bus” with donations of money, new toys and gifts, non-perishable food items and gift certificates. Your generosity will brighten the holidays for thousands of low-income families in Cobb County and the nonprofit organization is in dire need of donations this year. For more information, including a list of Stuff-A-Bus locations, click here or visit cobbchristmas.net.

 

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Cobb development by another name is expansion

 

A good customer service rep is one who says, “We know you had other choices, and we’re glad that you chose to do business with us.” In Cobb County, we’re getting the chance to say that quite a bit as we see our plans for long-term economic expansion working.

Notice I didn’t say “economic development,” which typically focuses largely on the quantity of new-business contributions to a region’s economy. I mean expansion, where you also focus on the quality of growth.

In September, I told the Council for Quality Growth that we need to shift our way of thinking from exclusively economic development to that of expanding opportunities. I define it as creating the kind of jobs that will attract today’s youth who are getting their education now so they won’t see the need to move out of Cobb County when they start their careers.

Local students graduating from area technical colleges might be intrigued, for example, with opportunities at companies such as Greenway Health, a Carrollton-based company that just announced a new office here for software development. Greenway is starting in Cobb with 150 new jobs that pay, on average, another 50% more than the county’s average wage.

Other options might include companies like the German metal-components manufacturer, citim AM, who is investing $9 million in its move next year to Kennesaw. Or, Vonage, the phone company that in July announced plans to move into the Cumberland area from Atlanta.

Most recently, Genuine Parts announced it would accelerate the consolidation of its corporate headquarters with another of its facilities, which is located just across I-75 at Wildwood Office Park. The 1.7-mile move could have, instead, been to another county or state, but Genuine Parts cited a wonderful relationship with Cobb County and an eagerness to stay here and plan for the company’s own expected growth.

We’re excited about all this expansion, and hope that you’ll latch onto that word when you tell people you know about all the great things happening in Cobb County.

(Reprinted Commissioner Tim Lee’s e-newsletter)

County offices CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Cobb County Government offices will be closed Nov. 27-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. All departments will resume normal operations on Monday, Dec. 1. Online services remain available 24 hours a day at cobbcounty.org.

 

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