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Sept 16, 2019: Cobb Development Authority approves $50,000 for Innovation Grant Program
With a unanimous vote from its grants committee, the Cobb County Development Authority on Monday doled out $50,000 for the county’s Innovation Grants Program, a county-initiated program funding startup businesses in Cobb.
The development authority’s three-member grants committee is allowed to award grants of up to $100,000 without approval from the full authority.
After a presentation from Michael Hughes, Cobb County’s economic development division manager, committee member Jamala McFadden said she was excited to fund the Innovation Grants Program for a second year. The development authority awarded $50,000 to the program in July 2018.
Committee member Bob Morgan agreed, adding that, unlike the previous two items, the grant program aligns perfectly with the committee’s purpose.
August 20, 2019: Novelis and Georgia Institute of Technology Establish Novelis Innovation Hub at Georgia Tech
Novelis and Georgia Institute of Technology Establish Novelis Innovation Hub at Georgia Tech
Company commits $2.5 million to initiate transformational innovation through sponsored research and philanthropic support
ATLANTA, August 20, 2019 – Novelis Inc., the world leader in aluminum sheet products, technologies and recycling, today announced a new collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to establish the Novelis Innovation Hub at Georgia Tech. The company commits $2.5 million to initiate research, faculty, student, and educational program support. The collaboration will promote basic and translational research, innovative business models, and related educational endeavors at Georgia Tech and will serve as a cross-functional hub connecting Novelis’ technical and business innovators with Georgia Tech’s students and faculty.
“We are fortunate to have one of the world’s premier research institutions in our hometown,” said Steve Fisher, President and CEO, Novelis, Inc. “As we pursue our purpose of shaping a sustainable world together, we have a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with Georgia Tech to help train a new generation of the best and brightest students who are poised to advance the frontiers of engineering and research for the betterment of society.”
With the Novelis funding, Georgia Tech intends to recruit a senior interdisciplinary faculty member to serve as the director of the Novelis Innovation Hub. The director is expected to be identified and in place by the 2020 academic year.
“The collaboration with Novelis demonstrates our continued focus on providing students and faculty with unmatched academic and practical experiences through the creation of innovative corporate relationships,” said Dr. Chaouki Abdallah, Executive Vice President for Research, Georgia Institute of Technology. “Our expertise in material science and advanced manufacturing, and business and AI systems is among the very best in global higher education and we look forward to working with Novelis’ scientific, engineering and business innovators to develop new, industry- and world-changing solutions.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Novelis will annually identify sponsored research and/or provide a list of innovation needs, for which Georgia Tech faculty will be invited to offer proposals. An advisory board comprised of representatives from Georgia Tech and Novelis will evaluate the proposals that utilize the Novelis funding and external funding opportunities as well as foster future technology collaborations.
“Establishing closer ties with Georgia Tech provides tremendous benefits for both the students and the company,” said Todd Summe, Chief Research and Development Officer, Novelis, Inc. “Our combined efforts will advance our mission to lead the aluminum industry as the partner of choice for innovative solutions. At the same time, we are helping fill the industry’s talent pipeline with outstanding innovators. We see this as just the next step in our partnership, which can serve as a model for transformative innovation across Novelis, the Aditya Birla Group, and our industry at large.”
With this investment, Novelis is building upon long-standing ties with Georgia Tech. Historically, the company has provided internships and full time employment as well as mentorship to more than fifty graduate students over the years. Novelis has consistently funded sponsored research at Georgia Tech and research equipment, most recently co-investing in additive manufacturing in the Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility. In addition, the company provides funds for graduate student research with renowned faculty and for Georgia Tech’s “InVenture Prize Challenge,” a student/recent graduate competition to foster creativity, invention and entrepreneurship.
Novelis, Inc. is driven by its purpose to shape a sustainable world together. As a global leader in innovative products and services and the world's largest recycler of aluminum, we partner with customers in the automotive, beverage can and specialties industries to deliver solutions that maximize the benefits of lightweight aluminum throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, operates 23 facilities in nine countries, has approximately 11,000 employees and recorded $12.3 billion in revenue for its 2019 fiscal year. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and the metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit novelis.com.
Novelis Media Contact: Michael Touhill
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July 10, 2019: Home Depot Board Cutting Ceremony
Governor Brian Kemp came to Cobb for another exciting economic announcement. Home Depot doesn’t just cut a ribbon to open a new facility, they use a reciprocating saw! A new complex opened in the Cumberland area will house hundreds of employees, many of them new to Cobb, mostly doing digital and high-tech jobs. See the ceremony as the new HD Pennant Park facility comes online!
June 27, 2019: Innovative Businesses Receive Grant Funds from Cobb County Economic Development
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved a grant dispersion to three Cobb County businesses at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday Night. VNDE Blockchain, Clutch Creations, and Brilliant Coworking were each awarded funds from the Cobb County Economic Development Division’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Incentive Program.
“I’m really excited for this,” says Kristi Frank, CEO and Founder of Clutch Creations Inc.
“I grew up here and I want to help other entrepreneurs and be more involved in the County. This is a wonderful opportunity for myself, all women entrepreneurs, and others who want to pursue their dreams.” Kristi plans on using the funds for team expansion, philanthropic opportunities, and marketing.
May 29, 2019: Plethora to Open Manufacturing Facility in Cobb County
Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp announced today that Plethora, a leader in on-demand manufacturing of quality custom prototypes and end-production parts, will create 250 jobs and invest more than $17 million in a new production facility in Marietta.
“We are excited to welcome Plethora to Georgia,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Our pro-business climate, abundant and advanced workforce, global accessibility, and access to world-class colleges and universities are only a few of the reasons why manufacturers are finding success in the Peach State. Over the past ten years, Georgia’s manufacturing GDP growth has outpaced the national rate, and with announcements like this one, we don’t see any signs of it slowing down.”
Since opening in 2012, Plethora has experienced rapid growth and reached maximum production capacity in its San Francisco, CA facility. By expanding operations to Georgia, Plethora will be able to further its mission to help clients innovate and get to market faster.
January 18, 2019: Atlanta Inno: Biotech company moves to Cobb County
A Santa Barbara, Calif., biotech company has moved its headquarters to Cobb County, bringing with it a $5 million investment into the community and more than 500 tech jobs.
November 5, 2018: Site Selection ranks Georgia's business climate No. 1 for sixth straight year
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia's business climate has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the sixth consecutive year by Site Selection, a leading economic development trade publication. According to Site Selection, Georgia is the first state to hold this ranking for six consecutive years under leadership by the same governor.
September 20, 2018: Georgia named No.1 for 5 consecutive years
ATLANTA – September 20, 2018 –Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state for business for the fifth year in a row by Area Development, a leading corporate site selection and facility planning publication. Deal was joined by Area Development publisher and president Dennis J. Shea to make the announcement at the 2018 State of the Ports Address in Savannah.
August 2018: Company Aims for New Heights in Cobb
An industrial conglomerate is bringing part of its elevator business and more than 800 new jobs to the Cumberland area, officials announced in July.
ThyssenKrupp leadership has announced the building of its new offices and an approximately 420-foot-tall quality control facility located on Circle 75 Parkway, near The Battery Atlanta in Cobb County.
“So many people from the state to local levels have worked hard to make this announcement happen,” Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce said. “We welcome ThyssenKrupp with enthusiasm, and they will soon learn why Cobb County is a place where you expect the best and can safely work, live, play and pursue your dreams.”
ThyssenKrupp already has offices in Marietta, Kennesaw and Acworth, but these facilities will represent a much larger investment in Cobb. They will bring an estimated 863 jobs to the county, with an average wage of $100,000. That’s an estimated capital investment of $264 million. The final completion date for this project is scheduled for winter 2020.
[source: CobbLine Monthly Newsletter]
July 20, 2018: Cobb entrepreneurs to benefit from grant
Cobb entrepreneurs and innovators may be eligible to receive portions of a $50,000 grant.
That money will be given by the Development Authority of Cobb County to support the new Entrepreneurship & Innovation Incentive Program.
“The purpose of this incentive program is to provide services, assistance and/or incentives to entrepreneurs and innovators who are in high-skilled fields to assist them in growing their business, creating jobs and maintaining their presence in the county,” wrote Cobb Community Development Agency Director Dana Johnson in a July 10 memo to Cobb County Manager Rob Hosack.
To qualify for this incentive program, a business must:
have participated in the IgniteHQ business incubator program or a program operated by an affiliate or partner of IgniteHQ, be a spinoff technology associated with the Georgia Tech Research Institute or have graduated from an entrepreneurial training program
be an existing business in Cobb County and
agree to remain in Cobb County for the three years after the expiration of the mandatory incentive agreement.
In partnership with Kennesaw State University, Cobb’s Competitive Edge and the Cobb Chamber, IgniteHQ at 57 Waddell St. SE, two blocks off the Marietta Square, “connects startups and entrepreneurs with international accelerators, funding opportunities and talent to scale globally,” according to the website at IgniteHQ.com. “We accelerate startups, cultivate job growth and provide market expansion resources in the Southeast.”
Companies eligible for the entrepreneurship and innovation incentive program may be eligible for services, assistance and/or a cash grant from the Cobb Innovation Fund.
March 5, 2018: Tourism Remains the Number One Economic Driver
Cobb County, Ga. — (March 5, 2018) — Travel and tourism continues to be an economic powerhouse for Cobb County, with $3.05 billion in economic impact and supporting more than 35,000 jobs in 2016. Tourism is the leading industry in Cobb and has significant economic impact.
A study, performed by Robert Lann Consulting, LLC, showed a 7.9% increase over the previous $2.8 billion in economic impact and a 15.8% increase over the previous 30,000 jobs. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development-Tourism, tourism created $78.86 million in state tax revenues and generated $46.67 million for Cobb and its cities in local tax revenues in the last year. Each Cobb household would need to be taxed an additional $461 per year to replace taxes generated by tourism activity.
“I am thrilled to see an increase,” said Brooks Mathis, Chairman of Cobb Travel & Tourism. “As we work with our partners and showcase Cobb as a unique tourism destination, I believe we will continue to see our tourism industry flourish.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for every $1 spent in one of the county’s hotel properties, $3 is spent in the community on dining, transportation, entertainment, and more. “Tourism continues to economically impact Cobb in ways that are undeniable,” said Holly Quinlan, President & CEO of Cobb Travel & Tourism.
“The unique diversity of what our county has to offer is one that is hard to beat,” said Quinlan. “Each day we see tourism transforming our community into a place that sets the standard for a viable and prosperous hospitality industry.” By the year 2020, tourism in Cobb is projected to have an economic impact of more than $4 billion.
January 28, 2018: South Cobb County a 'hidden secret' for area planners and development leaders
January 2018: Cobb County: Managing the Flow
Municipalities are increasingly turning to managed lanes to improve traffic flow and increase funding options. These solutions include high-occupancy vehicle (HOV), express, reversible and toll lanes. The 29.7 miles of managed lanes scheduled to open later this year along interstates 75 and 575 will continue to propel Cobb County as a desirable locale for business, education and play.
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January 19, 2017: Beverage distribution company seeking bonds for south Cobb project
CUMBERLAND — A Fulton County beverage distributor is asking the Cobb County Development Authority to issue up to $65 million in bonds to help them build a distribution center in south Cobb.
Officials with Empire Distributors, a wholesale distributor of alcoholic beverages throughout the Southeast, project to have more than 500 employees at the facility, which would be built on about 70 acres on Hartman Road near Factory Shoals Road.
Many of those positions would be relocated out of Fulton, but as many as 90 or more would likely be new hires.
Authority members on Tuesday approved an inducement resolution for the bonds. The resolution indicates that the authority is willing to issue the taxable revenue bonds, but Empire would have to come back before the authority and have a final bond resolution approved.
“The availability of this present bond issue being requested, as well as other economic incentives, are fundamental — factors to their decision to relocate and invest in this new facility,” said Tim Ramsey, an attorney who represented Empire at Tuesday’s authority meeting.
The facility would become the headquarters of the company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Texas-based McClane Company, a worldwide supply chain company. The facility would be about 600,000 square feet, including about 50,000 square feet of office space.
It would be built within the South Cobb Enterprise Zone, an area created by the county in 2013 to spark new business development, existing business expansion and new jobs through tax breaks.
December 15, 2017: Cumberland CID Unveils New Plans for $2.2 Billion Direct Investment through Community Development
Community Improvement District to implement infrastructure expansion with revitalization programs promising a $3.6 billion effect on Cobb County
Atlanta, GA (December 18, 2017) – The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID) released today Blueprint Cumberland 3.0, a set of revitalization programs focusing on access, connectivity and placemaking. Approaching its 30-year anniversary, CID leadership felt this milestone provided the opportunity to reflect on the development and growth the district has seen over the last three decades. Blueprint Cumberland 3.0, the culmination of a year-long study, refines the framework within which community projects are selected, designed and constructed to make the Cumberland area a more accessible and attractive place to work, visit and live.