Incoming Chamber chair says he wants to see businesses ‘thrive’ in Cobb County
by Lindsay Field
January 24, 2013 12:00 AM | 2469 views | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MARIETTA — Cobb Chamber Chair Tony Britton said his passing of the torch to the organization’s new leader this weekend will be a “bittersweet event.”

Britton, who served as chairman of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in 2012, is passing the leadership role to Greg Morgan of Marietta at the Chamber’s 71st Annual Dinner Celebration at the Cobb Galleria Saturday night.

“I’ve had such a wonderful opportunity but am also thrilled to turn it over to Greg Morgan,” Britton said Wednesday.

Morgan, who is a partner-in-charge at the Atlanta accounting firm Mauldin & Jenkins, has been serving in leadership roles with the Chamber as vice chair for the last two years.

“I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to serve as chair,” Morgan said. “The Chamber over the last couple of years has had some really great initiatives, and I want to see those initiatives carried over into 2013 and improved upon.”

Morgan said he wants to see small businesses not only continue to survive but “thrive” in Cobb.

The gala also marks a time when the Chamber can recognize the successes of Cobb’s business community and leaders by giving out several awards to members, including the Marietta Daily Journal Citizen of the Year Award.

Britton said the Chamber will also recognize the Cumberland Community Improvement District on its 25th anniversary as the first of its kind in Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in attendance.

“He will be speaking about economic development in Cobb and the importance of it not only in our region but in our state,” Britton said. “This will be the first time he’s attended our annual dinner. It’s quite a privilege and honor for us.”

In looking back at 2013, Britton said there are several things for which he is proud.

“One of the big keys for us is the community program Cobb EDGE, which is about growing businesses throughout Cobb County, from which all of us will benefit,” he said.

The Chamber also had a record-setting membership drive that netted 600 new members.

Moving forward with the Chamber, Britton will become the new chair of the Chairman’s Club, holding about six meetings this year, and he is excited about the continuation of the organization’s Partners in Education programs at local grammar schools and the work they do with area colleges.

“I know Greg is extremely excited about continuing (Partners in Education) and seeing it develop with both of our school districts,” Britton said. “That partnership is critical.”
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mk-gwinnett wins
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January 25, 2013
To see how it's done check these two websites-

Partnership Gwinnett

Gwinnett Chamber

Cobb has accomplished nothing in the last 15 years.

Businesses are flocking to Gwinnett.

This is a fact!!
solution...
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January 25, 2013
...is to wake the sleeping masses.

Realize that we ARE competing with other counties.

The GOAL is to bring BUSINESSES to Cobb County.

To do that , we must COMPETE!

When we have leaders that are not producing results, it's time for new leadership.

Waking people to the fact that something is wrong here in Cobb is necessary.

The only ones that don't like to hear it, are the ones that are profiting from the crony corruption, in some way.

anonymous
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January 24, 2013
It does absolutely no good for Cobb County or for anyone to make comparisons to other counties. It is just complain, complain, complain. Come out here with solutions for people to think about. I don't think anybody that lives in Cobb cares what other counties are doing. Waste of space. For problems that are perceived, what are solutions? See I saw a problem and I am giving what I perceive to be a solution and that is to stop whining.
poverty is no plan
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January 24, 2013
While Cobb talks, talks, talks, it's becoming old, tired & rundown.

On the other hand, Gwinnett's relocation's, HQ's & expansions continue to mount.

Gwinnett has become a hub for the financial tech industry.

Just this week, California based ViaSat,Inc., broke ground on a 60,000 sq. ft. , 10.5 million dollar facility in Duluth.

QMatic Corporation(tech) relocated its N.C. facility, to Duluth.

Ryerson Inc.(metal processor) is opening a 147,000 sq. ft. (25 jobs) warehouse in Duluth.

Other large expansions include Fiserv, NCR, Official Payments Corp., Q2eBanking & Trans Central.

Also, Hyundai Construction relocated its 217,000 sq. ft., 10 million dollar headquarters (100 jobs), to Norcross.

Norcross solar cell company, Suniva recently completed a 15 million dollar expansion & is continuing to grow.

Mitsubishi Electric has opened a 600,000 sq. ft. facility in Suwannee adding 400 jobs over next 10 years.

Gwinnett has a highly skilled workforce.

Gwinnett has vibrant, young, innovative leadership, including the Duluth mayor, Nancy Harris.

They have spread economic initiatives throughout ALL of the county AND its cities .

Cobb county will suffer consequenses for ignoring it's cities and south Cobb and allowing much of the county to decline.

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