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For 2021....

Introduction by Chairwoman Lisa Cupid

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Chairwoman Lisa Cupid Headshot - No background

This year started with the afterglow of the Braves World Championship still shining throughout Cobb. We are thank­ful for the opportunity to host thousands of fans to celebrate together as a com­munity, and I'm grateful to our public safety and other county staff who kept everyone safe. 

I came into office in the midst of a COVID pandemic surge, which pre­sented this board with once-in-a-generation challenges. We quickly transitioned to keep the business of the county moving by using virtual meetings and helped roll out COVID vaccination efforts which included a call center and later testing sites. Our efforts to get rental and utility assistance to those impacted by the pandemic received national attention, with our Chief Magistrate work­ing with our non-profit partners to distribute nearly $40 million to more than 2500 families in need.

The county's performance enabled us to apply for even more pandemic aid. Despite the pandemic, Cobb's eco­nomic engine remained strong. We posted a 5% increase in our tax digest, with our most significant gains in the residential sector. Income from title ad valorem tax and the CARES ACT helped strengthen county coffers, while more jobs and businesses moved to the county.

Select Cobb helped us to attract or retain mare than 3400 jobs in 2021. This all helped Cobb County receive a triple AAA bond rating for the 25th consecutive year. Cobb's Board took steps to take care of our own. Recognizing the heroic commitment of men and women in public safety, commissioners for the first time funded our "step-and-grade" program which provides a stable salary and reliable pay increases to our personnel in Public Safety. Results of the 2020 Census came in showing Cobb is the 3rd most pop­ulous county in the state with an increasingly diverse population. This presents challenges for us to represent an ever-changing group of voices. But this year has a historic county commission in Cobb, the first all-fe­male board led by the first African American Chairwoman. This has con­vinced me with all of you, with all of us working together, our best days remain ahead of us.  #TeamCobb