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About Economic Development

County Staff

Jason Gaines, Division Manager

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Jason Gaines is the Planning and Economic Development Division Manager for the Cobb County Community Development Agency.  He and his staff manage Cobb’s long-range land use plan and growth strategy, in addition to administering programs and services that foster business recruitment, retention, and expansion.  Jason’s staff analyzes proposals to prepare economic incentive packages to prospective businesses in Cobb based on various factors, including the projected number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment.

Jason previously served as the Planning & Development Manager for the City of Clarkston, Georgia, where he helped modernize the City’s community development functions through the implementation of procedures for zoning actions, sign permitting, construction permitting, land disturbance, and others.  He also played a major role in the development of Clarkston’s Downtown Streetscape project, which utilized guidance from the City’s Livable Centers Initiative plan.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami (OH) University, and a Master of City and Regional Planning Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is a professionally certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has a Certificate of Local Government Management from The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute.  He is an alum of Leadership DeKalb (Class of 2014), the Regional Leadership Institute (Class of 2017), and Leadership Cobb (Class of 2018).


Marsellas Williams, Economic Development Specialist

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Marsellas Williams joined the Cobb County Economic Development team in 2017.  Marsellas received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Georgia Southern University in 2011 and earned his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.  In his role, he works to attract new businesses, support business retention and expansion,  and create initiatives that promote job growth in Cobb County. Prior to joining Cobb County, Marsellas worked with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, where he focused on a variety of local government assistance projects, including planning, project management, ordinance and policy development, and economic development.

While in law school, Marsellas served  as a legal extern at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, where he worked on a variety of local government and public policy projects. When away from the office, Marsellas enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends, enjoys traveling, and serving at his church.