Cobb County Government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Departments will resume normal operations on Monday, Dec. 1.
Georgia Department of Economic Development staff recently announced that Carrollton-based Greenway Health, a health information solutions company, will create approximately 150 jobs in metro Atlanta with a new technology development center in Cobb County.
"We have created an environment where businesses thrive and economic development stands strong," Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee said. "I am thrilled that Greenway Health is committed to its growth in our community, creating well-paying and cutting-edge jobs for our region. I look forward to sharing many more growth moments with Greenway in Cobb County; we are committed to the company’s success."
The company’s new development center in the Galleria 300 building of the Atlanta Galleria Office Park will enable Greenway Health to further expand its innovation team. The new development office is slated to open in early 2015, with options for expanding beyond the initial space for 150 staff. The company is aggressively hiring to add to its current 1,600-plus staff and has plans to add 200 to 300 positions by the end of its current fiscal year next Sept. 30. These are in addition to the 264 Georgia-based full-time employees that were hired over the past year.
Brooks Mathis, senior vice president of economic development and executive director of Cobb’s Competitive EDGE, said these are the jobs for which all communities strive.
“High paying, quality jobs and hundreds of those mean so much to the fabric of the business climate anywhere," Mathis said. "Our investors in EDGE can feel certain that their commitment is paying off in large forms. Cobb has seen incredible numbers in job creation and new capital investment. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this vibrant community.”
Residents and the business community are invited to two upcoming informational meetings on the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park.
American Builders 2017 will host a SunTrust Park Business Outreach meeting 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Cobb Senior Wellness Center. Those interested in attending should RSVP at americanbuilders2017.com. The Senior Wellness Center is located at 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta.
Cobb County staff will host a public information meeting 3-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9. There will be no formal presentation, so people may drop in any time during the allotted hours. The open house format will feature displays from the Atlanta Braves, Cobb Department of Public Safety, Cobb Department of Transportation and Cobb Community Development. Stop by each display, converse with staff and gain a greater understanding of all the measures being taken in preparation for the opening of SunTrust Park. The meeting will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.
Cobb and Douglas Public Health staff will offer free rapid HIV testing and counseling Monday, Dec. 1, in support of World Aids Day. Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marietta Public Health Center, 1650 County Services Parkway, Marietta, and the Douglasville Public Health Center, 6770 Selman Drive, Douglasville. The event is open to everyone and no appointments are needed. All testing results are confidential and are available in 20 minutes.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia ranked fifth in the nation for cumulative HIV/AIDS cases in 2012, with 64 percent of those cases living in the metro Atlanta area. People may be HIV positive for many years without symptoms. Studies state that almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. This can be up to 10 years after they become infected with HIV.
For more information, contact the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Epidemiology Department at 770-514-2815 or 770-514-2432.