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Target Sectors

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Aerospace and Advanced Equipment Manufacturing

Cobb County is home to companies that produce aerospace and national defense-related products and parts, as well as a variety of manufacturing sectors that provide unfinished inputs or supply finished components to the core aerospace products sectors. Cobb County serves as the ideal location for first and second tier suppliers that want to reduce transportation costs, leverage a common labor pool, and benefit from the research and development synergies and expertise of their primary customers like Lockheed and Dobbins Joint Air Reserve Base.

Some of the Aerospace and Advanced Equipment Manufacturing Companies located in the county are:

  • Dobbins ARB
  • Home Depot Technology Center
  • GE Energy
  • Georgia Tech Development Campus
  • Lockheed Martin 
  • The Weather Channel / Weather Company
  • Information Technology and Software


Bioscience encompasses the full spectrum of drug discovery and pharmaceutical manufacturing, as well as biological research and development for a variety of medical, energy, and other applications. Cobb County distinguishes itself with a variety of assets to support continued development of the industry, including several universities with degree programs in bioscience and related fields, close proximity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and joint bioengineering programs with Georgia Tech and Emory University.

Some of the major Bioscience Companies located in the county are:

  • CryoLife
  • MiMedx
  • Osmotica Pharmaceuticals
  • Quintiles
  • Respironics
  • UCB Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare Services

As the nation’s overall population ages and with federal reform, an increasing number of individuals will require healthcare services and products, and costs will continue to rise. However, as with any other product or service, consumers of healthcare services have choices, and many individuals travel outside their communities for high-quality care. With economic development targeting both businesses and customers, Cobb County’s healthcare sector has grown steadily, including the expansion of key employers such as Kaiser Permanente and WellStar Health System. Cobb is also served by Emory Adventist Hospital, numerous physicians’ offices and local-serving providers, as well as a robust network of medical providers and researchers including Emory University in metro Atlanta.

Some of the major Healthcare Services Companies located in the county are:

  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • Greenway Health Technologies
  • WellStar Health System

Information Technology & Software Development

Information Technology (IT) and software development is one of the most prolific areas in any metropolitan area. Cobb County’s location adjacent to neighboring North Fulton County has created spillover effects, and the two areas are a part of a larger Information Technology and Software cluster that spans across the northern part of the “perimeter” of Metro Atlanta, resulting in tremendous networks that have been created between firms, high-quality and high-capacity educational and research institutions, and the outstanding broadband infrastructure.

  • Vonage Business Solutions
  • Manhattan Associates
  • Comcast R&D / Innovation Center
  • Novelis Global R&D Center

Professional and Business Services

Professional and business services include everything from accounting and attorneys to business support. They are all necessary elements of successful operations and support a broad range of enterprise types. These companies are attracted to Cobb County because of its high concentration of businesses and consumers requiring their services, particularly larger corporate headquarters that provide more opportunity. Because many of these providers are small businesses, they also want strong business networks in place for more effective marketing.

Cobb County is home to numerous major Fortune 500 companies headquarters including:

  • RaceTrac Petroleum
  • Aaron’s Inc. HQ
  • Genuine Parts / Napa HQ
  • Home Depot HQ
  • HD Supply Development Center & HQ
  • Elf on the Shelf® / CCA and B, LLC HQ
  • Gas South HQ
  • Glock North American HQ
  • Bank of North GA HQ
  • The Weather Channel HQ
  • GE Energy Division HQ

Travel and Tourism

Travel and Tourism is made up of accommodations, attractions and entertainment, restaurants, and retail—as well as supporting occupations such as coaches, entertainers, and retail salespeople. Georgia welcomed more than 100 million visitors in 2015. Cobb Travel and Tourism leads strategic marketing of travel and tourism opportunities on behalf of the entire county, complemented by partners across the county, region, and state. Many factors make Cobb a major player in Georgia’s Travel and Tourism industry, with convenient interstate access, lots of free parking, and excellent parks and recreation facilities.

Some of the major Travel and Tourism attractions located in the county are:

  • Atlanta Ballet
  • Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Park
  • Atlanta Blaze
  • Atlanta Dream Training Center
  • Atlanta Opera
  • Atlanta United Football Club HQ and training ground
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
  • Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art 
  • The Battery Atlanta
  • The Earl Smith Strand Theatre
  • Silver Comet Trail
  • Six Flags Over Georgia
  • Six Flags White Water
  • Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History

Wholesale Trade

The Wholesale Trade sector captures establishments that are critical to the flow of goods within our economy. Wholesalers also often provide a variety of other valuable services to manufacturers, including marketing, new business development, sales support, logistics/supply-chain coordination, and customer and technical support to the purchasers of their goods. Cobb County is home to a strong concentration of durable goods wholesalers, attracted to the area because of its proximity to an international airport with air freight capacity, strong interstate networks, proximity to high-volume ports, and lower cost of land compared to surrounding areas.

Cobb currently has a solid inventory of existing office-warehouse spaces ranging from extremely large with more than 100,000 square feet to smaller offices and warehouses more suitable for smaller distributors.

Some of the major Wholesale Trade companies located in the county are:

  • Genuine Parts Company / NAPA HQ 
  • HD Supply HQ & Development Center
  • Reinhart Food Service
  • Fox Appliance Parts
  • Heidelberg USA
  • Yamaha
  • Hussmann