According to reports, quite well. The game between the The Rochester Rattlers and Boston Cannons 16-14 in June reeled in a crowd of more than 4,000 to Kennesaw State University's Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
The MLL, which played its first season in 2001, is made up of eight franchises, with all but one east of the Mississippi River. Charlotte, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio, were the latest cities granted expansion teams - both of which began play last season - and the league is now looking to expand to other markets like Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis and Miami.
MLL commissioner David Gross said the league has been studying Atlanta for up to five years, but finding a venue had been difficult until Fifth Third Bank Stadium was built.
"We love this venue, and working with the people at Kennesaw has been easier than any venue we ever worked in the history of the league," Gross told the Marietta Daily Journal. "There's a lot of interest from local communities. Our goal - sooner rather than later - is to put a team here in Atlanta full time."
According to a non-scientific poll by Cobb Business Journal on our website, www.cobbbusinessjournal.com, 70 percent of respondents want Cobb to have a minor league team of some sort.
Maybe lacrosse is that next step?
Cobb and California.. two of a kind
Did you know that Georgia is one of the premier states for purchasing and driving an electric car? At least, that is according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ compared incentives, tax breaks and more and deduced that the two best states for owning and operating an electric car are Georgia and California.
Unfortunately, nationwide, plug-in cars still account for less than one percent of total sales of autos in the U.S. market. It will be interesting to see how Georgia fares with the electric car in the next several years. Some car companies are continuing their effort to make a significant push in the electric car market, with Telsa making waves and Nissan that continues to drop the price on its Leaf model.
And Cobb, in particular, is getting a unique look from an electric car company. In June, Georgia Wheego opened a dealership at 1794 Roswell Road in Marietta, becoming the first in the state to carry the Atlanta-based company’s two-model line of fully electric vehicles.
It will be interesting to check back with Wheego and the electric car trend in another year and see if the trend still has the surge it needs to keep moving.
People on the move
Veteran Cobb banker Bob Walsh has left United Community Bankand resurfaced at DeltaCommunity Credit Union. Walsh was instrumental is building United Community Bank. We hope to have more details in the next issue.
Chattahoochee Tech’s Dr. Betty Ann Cook of Mableton has been named South Cobb Citizen of the Year by the South Cobb Rotary Club and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.
Meanwhile, the Smyrna Business Association has named Associated Home Inspectors founder Russ Lutterbie as its Business Person of the
In the political arena, State Sen. Steve Thompson (D-Marietta) has not ruled out a run for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss next year. The Democrats have had a hard time finding a high-profile candidate for the seat, which thanks, to Georgia’s changing demographics, is expected to be at least somewhat in play. Many expect that party’s standard-bearer to be Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Perry). And chances are that Thompson would not run if she did. But if she stays on the sideline, all bets are off. Thompson, who is the longest-serving member of the Georgia Senate, said he has not formed an exploratory committee for a U.S. Senate run.
“That’s why he wouldn’t return my calls.” That phrase was the word uttered by a CBJ staff member in regard to Dan Styf last month as Styf was transitioning to his new role. Styf was named the no. 2 man in charge of running the Piedmont WellStar Health Plan. The new corporation, which is based in Vinings, will launch in 2014 and is a partnership between WellStar Health System and Piedmont Healthcare, which will offer their own insurance plan. Styf had currently served as a vice president with Kaiser Permanente. The east Cobb resident also serves as a co-chair for Cobb’s Competitive EDGE.