Jason Gaines, Division Manager
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
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.
Reilly Johnson, Economic Development Coordinator
Reilly Johnson joined the Cobb County Economic Development team in January 2021. Reilly received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Master of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before coming to Cobb County, Reilly worked for the city of Anniston, Alabama, where she served as Main Street Director, working in Historic Downtown Anniston to facilitate small business growth and community development. Reilly also has worked in the private sector for a design/build firm in Birmingham, Alabama, specializing in adaptive reuse. Reilly's love for small businesses and historic preservation provide a unique perspective to economic development. In her spare time, Reilly enjoys exploring the trails of Cobb County with her dog, Izzy, as well as sampling local restaurants and occasionally attempting home improvement projects.
- Acworth Downtown Development Authority
- Austell Downtown Development Authority
- Kennesaw Development Authority
- Downtown Marietta Development Authority
- Marietta Development Authority
- Powder Springs Development Authority
- Downtown Powder Springs Development Authority
- Smyrna Downtown Development Authority
Cobb County Business Associations
Cobb Chamber Area Councils
- Cumberland Area Council
- East Cobb Area Council
- Marietta Area Council
- Northwest Area Council
- Smyrna Area Council
- South Cobb Area Council
- For more information on Cobb's Area Councils, visit cobbchamber.org.