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What is SCRA?

What is the SCRA?

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South Cobb Redevelopment Authority Boundary Map
South Cobb Redevelopment Authority Boundary Map

The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority was established under authority of the State of Georgia to revitalize and redevelop the established area. The SCRA has authority to issue bonds and assist in financing infrastructure improvements that will foster economic growth and vitality in South Cobb. Additionally, the SCRA owns over 50 acres of land near I-20 and Six Flags. The SCRA is currently marketing this property for redevelopment opportunities.

The SCRA Board consists of seven members. Four members are appointed by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners to serve four-year terms. The remaining three members are appointed by representatives of the Cobb County Delegation to the Georgia General Assembly whose districts are entirely or in-part located in the SCRA’s physical jurisdiction, and will serve four-year terms.

 

The SCRA Board

Chairman, Doug Stoner

Doug Stoner is a life long resident of South Cobb, graduating from Campbell High School and earning a B.S. of Political Science and Government from Kennesaw State University. As a multi generation Cobb County business owner and resident, Doug was naturally drawn to civic service. He was first appointed to the Smyrna Downtown Development Authority in 1991 and served until 2016 as the Vice Chairman of that authority. He was next appointed in 1995 to the Cobb Transit Board, which oversees and advises the Cobb Commission on Cobb Community Transit.

Doug was elected Chairman of the Cobb Transit Board by his fellow board members in 1999 and served as Chairman till his election to Georgia General Assembly in 2002 to represent Smyrna and South Cobb.

Doug served one term in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004. In 2004, he was elected to the Georgia State Senate representing South Cobb. Doug served in the Georgia Senate till 2012. He was elected Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus in 2010 by his fellow Senators. During his 8 year tenure in the Georgia Senate he also served as the Vice Chair of the State Institutions and Properties Committee, Chairman of the Senate Intermodal, Rail, and Transit Subcommittee and as Ranking member of the following Senate Committees, Transportation, Regulated Industries and Public Utilities, Economic Development, and State and Local Government Operations.

In 2011 as Senator, Doug authored and passed the local legislation that expanded the South Cobb Development Authority into the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority(SCRA) and its broader mission of redevelopment and revitalization of unincorporated South Cobb. In 2013, after finishing 10 years of service in the Georgia General Assembly, Doug was appointed to the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority. He was elected Vice Chairman of the SCRA in September 2013.

Doug resides in the City of Smyrna with his wife Della and his two daughters. He is a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Smyrna First United Methodist Church, and Cobb County Democratic Party.

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Doug Stoner

Vice-Chairman, Jason Gaines

Jason Gaines is a community and economic development professional with 20 years’ experience guiding physical and economic growth in the local government sector. He previously served as the Planning and Economic Development Division Manager for the Cobb County Community Development Agency.  He was responsible for updating and maintaining Cobb’s long-range land use plan and growth strategy, in addition to administering programs and services that foster business recruitment, retention, and expansion.  Prior to that, he served as 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 in an effort to catalyze investment and revitalization throughout the city. Additionally, Jason spent three years as a member of the Architectural Design Review Board for the City of Forest Park, Georgia, where he and his colleagues were responsible for initial feedback and recommendations on construction projects within two of the City’s design overlay districts.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University, and a Master of City and Regional Planning Degree from Georgia Tech.  He is a professionally certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has a Certificate of Local Government Management from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at The University of Georgia. Jason is also an alum of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development (2011), Leadership DeKalb (2014), the Regional Leadership Institute (2017), and Leadership Cobb (2018).  He and his family reside in Smyrna.

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Jason Gaines SCRA Board Chair

Secretary, Ed Richardson

Ed currently serves as President of Richardson Management Group, LLC (RMG), an executive recruiting and staffing firm headquartered in Smyrna, GA. Prior to founding RMG, Ed served in various management and technical positions at The Home Depot, SciTek, Alltel, and Accenture. His 20+ years of experience span Information Technology, Retail, Telecommunications and Government Contracting environments.

Ed received his B.S. in Mathematics from Morehouse College and his M.S. in Operations Research from Georgia Tech. Ed’s civic involvement includes current and past leadership roles with the Cobb Schools Foundation, Floyd Middle School Foundation, Centennial Plaza Apartments and Hylton Point Apartments for older adults.

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Ed Richardson

Treasurer, Dr. Crystal Wyche

Dr. Crystal Wyche is a current resident of South Cobb, for many years. She offers superior professional expertise in education, public relations, and marketing development for resilient business organizations.

She earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from Winston Salem State University in North Carolina. Upon completion of undergraduate studies, she worked among prominent organizations serving in technology and business operations for the American Broadcasting News Company (ABC News) and as Assistant to the University Architect of Duke University. She also obtained her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Shorter University located in Rome, Georgia and has earned an Ed.D. of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University Atlanta.

Dr. Wyche has published work locally and abroad in her educational endeavors. She traveled to countries working alongside the Agency for Inner City Renewal (AIR) to study their methods for environmental profitability. She worked alongside business leaders exchanging developmental plans on commonwealth initiatives to transform social, political, and economically the excluded communities.

Dr. Wyche worked in media operations for Fox 5 News of Atlanta. She later transitioned to the field of business education serving as a professional development specialist with the Atlanta Board of Education under the School of Leadership and Economic Empowerment. Dr. Wyche was also elected as President of the South Cobb Local School Council to implement strategic planning for school reform, budget, and curriculum changes. Her philosophy of leadership is a great follower who willingly transforms obstacles to triumphs with vision, passion, and excellence.

Dr. Wyche currently resides in Mableton with her husband Timothy Wyche and their five daughters. She is a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the Cobb County Democratic Party.

 

 

 

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Dr. Crystal Wyche

Board Member, Dale Kaetzel

Dale Kaetzel is the park president of Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water. The entertainment veteran was appointed earlier this year after previously serving in the same role at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Northern California. At Six Flags Atlanta properties, Kaetzel is responsible for all park operations, strategic direction and general management duties.

Prior to joining Six Flags, Kaetzel spent eight years as a senior executive at four of five Paramount Parks, including as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto. Prior to Paramount, Kaetzel served for 13 years in senior executive, marketing and operations roles for Centre Management/MCI Center in Washington, D.C., a preeminent sports and entertainment venue, now called the Verizon Center and home to major NBA, WNBA and NHL franchises and other live entertainment events.

In the mid-eighties Kaetzel served as Director of Marketing for the San Francisco Giants, and was part of many memorable campaigns including the anti-mascot Crazy Crab, Croix de Candlestick, and the 1984 MLB All Star Game. Mr. Kaetzel’s prior experience in theme park, venue and entertainment management showcases his expertise to take Six Flags Atlanta properties through a multiyear transformation as the Southeast’s leading entertainment destination.

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Dale Kaetzel

Board Member, Edrick Harris

As Senior Vice President of Development for the Prestwick Development Company, Edrick focuses on new development and redevelopment opportunities throughout the Southeast.  Edrick leads the team which is responsible for development of affordable multifamily, independent senior living, and tax credit acquisition and rehabilitation.

Edrick Harris has more than 15 years of experience in real estate development.  His previous project experience allows him to assist the company in the creation and implementation of new development opportunities.   His team responsibilities include sourcing multifamily opportunities throughout the Southeast.

Prior to joining Prestwick Development, Edrick served as the Director of Real Estate Development for H.J. Russell and Company and Vice President with the Benoit Group, successfully completing over 20 projects including several mixed income and mixed use projects.  His project portfolio includes several key revitalization projects such as Historic Westside Village, The Legacy at Castleberry Hill, and the Villages of Carver.  Of note, the Villages at Carver is a $63 million redevelopment that included market, PHA, LIHTC, and Tax Exempt Bond financed units.  The total program was 667 units in 5 phases completed over 9 years. 

Edrick has also worked for the city of Kennesaw as the Planning and Zoning Administrator serving as the department lead.  His duties included plan review, development consultation, and planning & zoning analysis.  He received a bachelors in real estate and a planning master’s degree from Georgia Tech. 

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Edrick Harris

Board Member, Samuel Culbreath

Samuel Culbreath III is currently Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving and Leadership Societies for United Way of Greater Atlanta. He has served with more than 40 nonprofits in metro Atlanta as board member, coordinator, and general volunteer. After volunteering for 6+ years with various committees within Austell Community Taskforce, he was elected to board leadership in 2020. Prior to working in the social sector, he worked in public health and political spaces as project manager. He has BPS in Organizational Leadership from University of Memphis.

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Sam Culbreath