But first that person needs to be hired.
Michael Hughes, the county’s economic development director, told the seven-member South Cobb Redevelopment Authority on Monday that county manager David Hankerson has whittled down more than 140 applications for the position of economic development coordinator, a job left vacant last year when Terrilyn Hannah took a position with Keep Cobb Beautiful.
The top candidate will receive a verbal offer either Monday or today, Hughes said. Whoever fills the position, which has a salary range of $44,366 to $69,723, would work out of the county’s economic development offices by the Marietta Square, Hughes said.
Lee referenced the recent plan adopted by the Redevelopment Authority, which outlines the best ways to redevelop south Cobb.
“So we’re going to loan a staff person to that effort to help facilitate moving that along,” Lee said.
But don’t confuse that effort with another economic development proposal Lee’s working on called Cobb’s Competitive EDGE, a nonprofit organization being created in concert with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce that plans to launch in January.
“It’s a whole different program,” Lee said, noting one is county-wide and the other is specific to south Cobb.
“The EDGE program is for improvement in business development throughout the county,” Lee said. “The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority and the South Cobb Redevelopment Implementation Plan are specific to it.”
Ford Thigpen of Kennesaw, president of Hiram-based Westside Bank, was unanimously re-elected as chairman of the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority during its Monday morning meeting held at the Mable House Arts Center.
Thigpen said the Authority was started about a year ago by the state Legislature, spearheaded by state Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) and state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell).
“Our mission is just to make South Cobb a better place to live, work, play,” Thigpen said.
The Authority was given $25,000 in seed money to launch from a leftover $1 million state grant from the former South Cobb Development Authority, which had since gone dormant, Thigpen said.
The county oversees the $213,000 that remains from the original $1million grant, Hughes said.