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Atlanta Braves & Chick-fil-A present All-Star Student Achievers Program

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The All-Star Student Achievers Program rewards students in grades K-12 for their hard work and dedication to academic excellence. In recognition of their accomplishments, All-Star Student Achievers will receive two complimentary tickets to a 2014 Braves regular season home game and a Chick-fil-A coupon.  Students are eligible to participate in the All-Star Achievers Program if they met one of the following criteria for the 2013 fall semester:

  • Straight As (including A-‘s)
  • A-B Honor Roll
  • Perfect Attendance

Every student participating in the program will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to participate in a special pre-game presentation. Students may register for the program at www.braves.com/achiever. The program guidelines and ticket order form is attached HERE.

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April ECCA meeting to feature Braves VP of Operations

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The next meeting of the East Cobb Civic Association will be held on Wednesday, April 30. Bringing the program will be Mike Plant, vice president of operations for the Atlanta Braves. Plant will give some general information about the Braves operation and touch on the anticipated move to Cobb County.

The program starts at 7pm and is open to the community. The members-only, general membership meeting will follow. Both the program and the membership meeting will be held in the community meeting room of the East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.

 
 

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Anti-stadium Cobb group to hold second town hall meeting

A grass-roots organization opposed to Cobb County’s $300 million investment in a new Atlanta Braves stadium will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday night, at which the group is expected to discuss the taxes associated with stadium financing, potential lawsuits and other aspects, such as additional costs for public safety and transportation related to the stadium.

It’s the second in a series of town hall meetings hosted by Citizens for Governmental Transparency, a conglomeration of 10 different community organizations that represent a cross section of political interests.

Member Sharon Hill said the real purpose of the meeting is to give residents an opportunity to express themselves “since the Cobb (commissioners have) not provided this opportunity, and we have been contacted by many in the community … who feel this whole process has been unnecessarily rushed and secretive, with a continued lack of transparency, accountability and fiduciary responsibility.”

Cobb spokesman Robert Quigley said that commissioners have listened to the public. Each district commissioner held a town hall meeting before the board approved a preliminary agreement with the Braves on Nov. 26, and there is time for public comment before each commission meeting, he said.

“We’re slated to have a communitywide Braves town hall meeting this fall to update the public and answer their questions,” Quigley said. “It will be televised and stream online, as well.”

The financing agreement calls for county taxpayers to spend $17.9 million annually for 30 years to pay for Cobb’s $300 million commitment toward ballpark construction. That annual payment will cover principal and interest on the public portion of the financing. Additionally, the county will spend $1.2 million annually for 30 years of capital maintenance.

The county’s former public safety director has said the county will also need to spend millions more in public safety upgrades, including more officers and vehicles, a new fire station, enhanced communications equipment and a police precinct near the stadium.

“Really, these (Citizens for Governmental Transparency) meetings are to give people the opportunity to vent, if they want to, and hopefully enlist them for active support in their community,” said member Rich Pellegrino.

The meeting, at Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Marietta, starts at 7 p.m.

 

IF YOU GO

What: Citizens Town Hall meeting

Host: Cobb Citizens for Governmental Transparency

When: Tuesday, 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 480 S. Fairground St. SE, Marietta

 (Reposted from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, www.ajc.com. Written by Dan Klepal - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

 

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Time Magazine Weighs in on Stadium: Loser’s Game The public cost of pro-sports stadiums

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Local officials have always had a weakness for pro sports teams, and those in Cobb County, Georgia, are no exception. The Atlanta Braves made a surprise announcement in early November that they would leave Turner Field, their home for 17 years, for a new stadium in the city’s northern suburbs. The move has clear benefits for the baseball team. A chunk of its affluent fan base lives nearby, and residents will foot a large portion of the tab: some $300 million of the $672 million in stadium costs will be publicly funded. What taxpayers get from the deal is less clear.

Academic research has repeatedly shown that public investment in sports facilities does not deliver economic returns. “The team will say it’s good for the city,” says Robert Baade, a sports economist at Lake Forest College in Illinois, but “It’s disingenuous.” There is some economic boost-nearby bars tend to benefit – but the bulk of the income from a new stadium goes directly to the team, in higher revenues from naming rights, sponsorships, and luxury suites.

Worst of all, fans can’t even count on better box scores for their ballooning tax bill. The Miami Marlins moved into a gleaming downtown stadium just two years ago. The city and county issued some million in bonds to pay for it. The result: two straight last place finishes.

(Originally published in Time Magazine, December 9, 2013. Written by Emily Maltby and Sean Gregory. Thanks to Cobb Taxpayers Association for distributing this information.)

 

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Web page provides in-depth information on Braves stadium plan

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Cobb County has created a special Web page to keep residents informed on progress with the Braves stadium project. This site includes answers to frequently asked questions, copies of agreements, information on changes to county codes related to the project, plans for preparing for the new stadium and more. Recently added is a communications plan for the project which outlines the county’s framework for sharing our progress.

To visit this Web page, click here.

 

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Cobb County Commissioners to Hold Public Hearings on Taxes for Braves Stadium

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Cobb County has scheduled public hearings prior to a February 25 vote to create tax districts that will help pay for the new $672 million Braves stadium. At the start of each year, Cobb County Commissioners review code amendments. New tax districts are approved as part of the county code rather than through legislation by state lawmakers. One tax district will roughly follow the boundaries of the 5.5-square-mile Cumberland Community Improvement District. The new district would tax commercial property owners and apartment complex owners an additional 3 mills, bringing in $5.2 million a year.

Commissioners are expected to approve a second code change to charge hotels and motels in the new district a fee of $3 a room per night. The $3 fee would generate $2.7 million annually. A third code change would enact a county-wide 3 percent rental car tax expected to collect $400,000 annually.

Public hearings on the creation of the new tax districts to fund the stadium will be held on February 11 at 9am and February 25 at 7pm. Both meetings will be located in the Cobb County Government Building A, 100 Cherokee Street in Marietta 30060.

 

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Braves Caravan to stop at Town Center

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Welcome the Braves Caravan to Town Center  Mall, Tuesday, January 28 , 4-6:30pm, with tentative lineup of Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, manager Fredi Gonzalez, bench coach Carlos Tosca, and Braves broadcaster and Hall of Famer Don Sutton! Be there early on to line up and make sure you get your autographs! See the full Caravan Schedule at BRAVES CARAVAN SCHEDULE.

 

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Lee: World watching Cobb County

With the Atlanta Braves moving here, county Chairman Tim Lee told a group of 600 business and community leaders Monday the world was watching Cobb County.

“They all want to know what the Atlanta Braves now know,” Lee said. “That Cobb County is the place to do business. We have well-positioned ourselves to achieve the long-term goals of increasing jobs, increasing investments and constructing a progressive economic impact for Cobb County. It is imperative that we all take part in its execution and success.”

Lee gave his State of the County address at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre as the crowd enjoyed breakfast. A Braves’ baseball cap sat perched beside each glass of orange juice.

The chairman called 2013 a very good year, as investments in the county began to reach pre-recession levels with new home starts, remodeling and property values.

“All indications are that Cobb County has turned the corner and in 2014 we are on our way to very healthy levels for all revenue streams,” he said.

Lee compared Cobb to neighboring cities and counties.

Cobb’s millage rate in fiscal 2013 was 10.91 compared to Fulton’s 10.48, Gwinnett’s 13.75, DeKalb’s 21.21 and Atlanta’s 23.48 mills.

Cobb has 4,499 full-time employees, compared to Fulton’s 5,084, Gwinnett’s 4,469, DeKalb’s 7,256 and Atlanta’s 8,487.

And Cobb’s total operating and capital budget for fiscal 2014 was $815.2 million compared to Fulton’s $866.1 million, DeKalb County’s $1.3 billion, Gwinnett’s $1.5 billion, and Atlanta’s $1.9 billion, he said.

The county’s conservative planning and quality staff continue to see it granted a triple-A rating from all three credit-rating agencies for the 17th year, one of only 39 counties in the U.S. to have that rating.

“In addition to the Atlanta Braves, we brought in 16 new business announcements, more than 1,087 new jobs and investments of $41 million just last year,” Lee said, naming Infosys and Talenti as examples.

“An indicator that the business climate is good in Cobb County is the decisions of Randstad staffing and Arylessence to expand their existing business,” he said.

Lee didn’t mention last week’s resignation of public safety director Jack Forsythe, but he did pledge to have the best people, training and equipment and the most competitively compensated public safety team. He intends to ask the Cobb Board of Commissioners to hire Fire Chief Sam Heaton as the new public safety director at today’s board meeting.

Commenting on the talk after the program, Mike Plant, executive vice president of business operations for the Atlanta Braves, said Lee’s comments demonstrate the strength of the community and county.

“They have a focus on creating really economically viable partnerships that create impact for the citizens here that produce certainly a lot of job opportunity, and also we’re going to be a big part of that quality of life going forward and for a long time,” Plant said. “We didn’t make this move without a lot of thought, not only short term/long term, but we’re really pleased every day makes more and more sense for this to be our new home, so we’re happy to be here.”

Cobb Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci said it was good news to hear how well the county government was doing.

“It would be nice to say that the district is doing as well as the county, but we’ll work as a board to continue to service our community and our students, so we’re ready to work,” Angelucci said.

The school district has been struggling to plug what Superintendent Michael Hinojosa says is a $79 million funding shortfall.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Jon Gillooly, January 13, 2014. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Lee World watching Cobb County )

Atlanta Braves Coming to Cobb

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John Schuerholz

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved a 30-year agreement on November 26 that will help build a $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves in Cobb County.

Chairman Tim Lee expressed happiness with the decision. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for our county and will help propel our community into the foreseeable future,” he said. “I am excited to be part of it.”

At least $372 million of the stadium project will be paid for by the Atlanta Braves, which will also invest an additional $400 million for an entertainment district on the 60-acre site. This will include retail, restaurants and other development projects on the location at the intersection of Interstates 285 and 75. Local costs will draw from various sources including payments by private businesses within a special district around the project, the motel/hotel tax and existing county revenues.

Lee said Cobb County will not increase the property tax millage rate for homeowners and its economy will be boosted by the project.

”In addition to construction jobs we anticipate from the creation of the stadium, crowds will bring steady employment for those who will work there.” he said.

Road improvements are planned around the future stadium site, while there are already 14 points of access and service by Cobb County Transit to the area. Projects include a Windy Hill diverging diamond interchange and corridor improvements extending from U.S. 41 to Powers Ferry Road, scheduled to open to traffic in 2017.

“We believe the new stadium location is easy to access while also giving our fans a first rate game day experience in and around the ballpark and making it a 365-day-a-year destination,” said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz.

The property, which has an Atlanta address and is located in Cobb County, has easy access to I-75, I-285, U.S. 41/Cobb
Parkway and a variety of other transportation options. The stadium will occupy a portion of the site, with the balance being used for parking, mixed use development and green space.

Officials anticipate the new stadium to be ready for Opening Day of the 2017 baseball season. Further details about the stadium project are available at homeofthebraves.com and cobbcounty.org.

(Reprinted from the January 2014 issue of EAST COBBER)

Commissioners schedule Town Hall meetings to discuss Braves’ move to Cobb County

•District One Commissioner Helen Goreham town hall (Commissioner JoAnn Birrell will be in attendance for constituents who cannot attend Monday’s town hall).
7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21
Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta

•District Two Commissioner Bob Ott town hall
7-8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25
Board of Commissioners room, second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta

•District Three Commissioner JoAnn Birrell town hall
4:30 – 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25
Mountain View Library at 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

•District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid town hall
7-8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25
South Cobb Comm. Center, 620 Lion Club Drive SW, Mableton

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on the Braves proposal at the next meeting 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26. The meeting will be held in the 2nd floor meeting room 100 Cherokee Street, Bldg A, Marietta 30090.

For information about the Braves project, visit www.cobbcounty.org andhttp://homeofthebraves.com/

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