The Council for Quality Growth, in partnership with Cobb County and the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority (SCRA), is offering an opportunity for members of the development community to engage with key stakeholders in South Cobb and learn about exciting opportunities for development and redevelopment in the southern part of Cobb at the South Cobb Developers Opportunities Lunch on September 23rd.
The lunch will be a roundtable discussion where Council members will meet with government officials and other business owners investing, operating and thriving in South Cobb County to discuss the opportunities and partnerships that are available in South Cobb.
Among other distinguished guests, Governor Roy Barnes, Cobb Chairman Tim Lee, South Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid, South Cobb Redevelopment Authority Chair Ed Richardson, and Cobb County Chief Leadership and Learning Officer Grant Riviera will be in attendance. H.J. Russell President Jerome Russell, Lynwood Development President Woody Snell, Six Flags Director of Marketing Linda Jensen, and Ali Katoot of MK Industries will also be joining us as representatives of the business community who are already working in South Cobb.
Ed Richardson, Chairman of the SCRA, hopes that this lunch will highlight the opportunities that are present in the area. As he explains: “I hope the lunch helps accelerate the conversation between developers, government and the South Cobb community about how best to move forward with specific projects in this area. Just as I know participants will be impressed when they see the magnificent new $35M Riverside EpiCenter, which is hosting our lunch, I want guests to walk away with that same sense of “Wow, I didn’t know this was happening in South Cobb! How can we get involved?” sense of excitement.”
Exciting developments are already taking place in South Cobb County, and the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority is playing an integral part in these efforts. As Doug Stoner, Vice Chairman of the SCRA, explains, the intention of the SCRA is “to bring focus on the opportunities in South Cobb, to make sure the development community is aware of these opportunities and aware of the changes that are occurring in that part of the County. The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority’s focus is to highlight those opportunities, but also to create new opportunities”. Richardson elaborated on that goal, stating: “I see SCRA’s role as the coordinating body for ideas and investment in South Cobb. We’ve laid out a multi-year South Cobb Implementation Strategy and our job is to help quarterback some of the efforts down the field. With recent multi-million dollar investments in this corridor by Six Flags, Word of Faith church, HJ Russell & Company and others, we want to keep the momentum going by collaborating with developers to launch transformational projects in South Cobb”
Several potential tools for redevelopment are under consideration for South Cobb at this time, including the creation of a special service district, supported by the Council, for South Cobb County that could be used to fund public services and other public improvements. The possibility has also been raised that the SCRA could buy up run-down buildings along Six Flags Drive that could be turned over for future mixed-use development.
The Council would strongly urge our members who are interested in development opportunities in South Cobb to register for this lunch. Details on the event are as follows:
Date: September 23, 2014
Time: 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Location: Riverside EpiCenter
135 Riverside Parkway
Austell, GA 30168