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Community Development COVID-19 Limited Operations Notice
COVID-19 Agency Update

Community Development Lobbies are now open to the public with limited occupancy. Customers are encouraged to continue using all online services, saving time, lines, and gas.  

Please note: we are not accepting cash payments until further notice. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and contactless payments through android pay, apple pay, and others. Visitors are highly advised to wear masks and must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from other visitors and County employees.

All front-facing divisions are following special procedures explained in this article. 

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).

 

Tracy Hulsey, Economic Development Specialist

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Tracy Hulsey has 30-plus years of combined experience in marketing, project management and governmental relations in Cobb County. She earned a B.S. degree from Auburn University and a M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University.  Her career began at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, where she rose to Senior Vice-President of Membership, Area Councils and Communications and served as Executive Director of the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CCID), the state’s first multi-million-dollar tax district.  Next in her career progression, Ms. Hulsey became an Asset Vice-President with Post Properties where she managed the marketing and management of new mixed-use multi-family construction developments in Georgia and Florida.  She was on the development team that determined the project scope, cost and design for over $250 million in assets and she developed budgets and strategic marketing and business plans for each asset.  From there she started her own company, TLH Consulting, where she consulted with mixed-use real estate developers, providing various market studies and economic impact analyses.  Through TLH Consulting, Ms. Hulsey also served as Director of Marketing for Croy Engineering (a local civil engineering firm), implementing the company’s strategic marketing, public relations, business development and client relations plans.  Additionally, she served as a program manager for several planning, development, public outreach and SPLOST teams for Croy Engineering.  Most recently, she served as Lead Consultant to the Development Authority of Powder Springs, working to create innovative and sustainable opportunities for business recruitment, retention and expansion including networking and relationship building throughout the Region and State. 

Ms. Hulsey was born in Atlanta and has lived there and in Cobb County most of her life.  She loves her volunteer work, having given her time and efforts for numerous non-profit organizations in Cobb County.  She served on the LiveSafe Resources Board of Directors for over 20 years, serving as Board Chair and more recently as Building Renovations Co-Chair, where she oversaw a $7.1 million building upgrade with the project being completed on schedule and under budget.  Ms. Hulsey also served as Vice-Chair of the American Cancer Society Leadership Council and chaired several of their events over the years.  She has received numerous volunteer service awards, including the American Cancer Society Babe Atkins-Byrne Ray of Hope Award and the United Way Heart-in-Hand Volunteer of the Year Award.  Ms. Hulsey is a graduate of Leadership Cobb.

Ms. Hulsey loves to travel, read and spend time with her family.  She and her husband, Brad, live in Powder Springs.  They have three grown children, Joseph, Evan and Lane and attend McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church.

Marsellas Williams, Economic Development Coordinator

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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.  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 family and friends, enjoys traveling, going to jazz concerts, and serving at his church.