Cobb Chamber's COO steps down
by Jon Gillooly
February 05, 2013 12:23 AM | 3959 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The designer of a key economic development program has resigned from his position as chief operating officer at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

Demming Bass, who launched the Cobb Competitive EDGE project, stepped down from the job to spend more time with his family.

Chamber CEO David Connell said he will not immediately fill the position.

“We’re like a lot of corporations,” Connell said. “When somebody leaves, you try to see if you can allocate out responsibilities and save our members’ financial resources. We may change our mind in a few months, but this happened sort of sudden, and we’re just going to regroup, not do anything immediately.”

Connell hired Bass in 2010 to replace his then-wife, Holly Bass, who moved from the chamber’s chief operating officer to become chief executive officer of Cobb Travel & Tourism.

Prior to that, Demming Bass had worked at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce on an economic development program similar to the one he helped roll out in Cobb, called Cobb’s Competitive EDGE.

“He launched the Competitive EDGE project based on his work in other communities — just did a fabulous job. He is going to end up in a career after he’s taken some time off that I think will benefit other organizations just like it did ours,” Connell said. “We’re going to miss him a lot, but I wish him well, our board wished him well, and we’re going to continue to be great friends and work together, but it will just be in different capacities.”

Bass said he plans to take his twin daughters, Ashley and Reagan, who will turn 4 in May, on a tour of the South over the next few months. He’s also been writing country music and plans to record an album with a friend in Nashville, as well as pursue his interest in painting.

Bass, 39, who attends Andy Stanley’s Buckhead Church, said a recent sermon made him at ease with his decision. The sermon was on the importance of being active in children’s lives.

“If you have a job or anything else you do, whenever you leave, somebody can always replace you, but they can never replace you as a dad, and you hear so many times about everybody saying you need to spend time with them, don’t let them grow up too fast, and so that was sort of the final tipping point that made me comfortable moving on,” Bass said.
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February 26, 2013
Does anyone else think taking four year olds on a tour of the south is a bit weak? Really?
February 10, 2013
Mr. Bass is just the latest in David Connell's ongoing campaign to become the unquestioned dictator of the Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone who attempts to play a leadership role and is perceived to "outshine" Connell (which is not really that difficult) is shown the door.

February 05, 2013
Well isn't this interesting.
Cobb is behind
February 05, 2013
He helped get Partnership Gwinnett off the ground. They are really achieving success in Gwinnett, becoming internationally know as a hotspot to locate growing businesses.

Business follow winners!

Cobb & chairman Lee have been touting Cobb's low taxes would eventually attract business here-- WHOOPS,.. outsmarted again- Fulton Rep. Jan Jones is introducing legislation to lower Fulton taxes!

What ya gonna do NOW, Cobb??

Thank goodness, at least we's gots us a giant plastic chicken!

I think Cobb citizens have been 'clucked'!!

February 05, 2013
Jan Jones will not introduce legislation to lower Fulton taxes. Jones will introduce legislation to lower property taxes for homeowners. If the legislation passes for lower property taxes for homeowners, you bet taxes will increase for somebody--businesses in particular. Somebody else has to foot the bill. The bill hurts business, not helps it.
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