SOUTH COBB TARGETED: Forums on the docket
by Lindsay Field
August 05, 2013 12:00 AM | 932 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - A symposium targeting the redevelopment of south Cobb near Six Flags Drive and Franklin Road in Marietta is planned for September with U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) planned as the keynote speakers.

Corker was the mayor of Chattanooga during that city's downtown renaissance, said Cobb Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Amy Selby.

County Chairman Tim Lee said the Six Flags Drive and Franklin Road areas were selected for the first of what is expected to be an annual forum because they have the potential to present the biggest returns on investment for redevelopment opportunities because of their proximity to the interstate.

"It just so happens that there are opportunities because they've had some problems in the past because of law enforcement issues, high transiency rates, quality of life and code enforcement problems," Lee said.

The idea for the symposium came from lobbyist Michael Paris, president and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth. Paris's group is presenting the event along with the Cobb Competitive Economic Development for a Growing Economy nonprofit Sept. 16 at the Marietta Conference Center.

The event will be open to the public, and members of the business community who have an interest in the development of the county should attend, Selby said.

The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority's board learned about the session recently during a monthly meeting from the county's planning division manager, Dana Johnson.

Board member Doug Stoner, a Democrat who was ousted from his state Senate seat last year by Republican Hunter Hill, asked who would be the target audience, to which Johnson replied elected officials and developers.

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