Techno trends rising in Cobb
Cobb has definitely been getting its share of businesses in the new technologies arena in the last year.
Most recently, as you might have read on Page 1, Cobb-based 3D Printer Technology has found a home at Cumberland and business is booming. 3D printing is one of the hottest areas for growth. In 2013, it grew by 35 percent and has morphed into a $3 billion industry.
Several months ago, Cobb also landed a Cloud-based company, Smarsh from Seattle. According to research firm The Radicati Group, the cloud market is expected to grow to $8 billion by 2017 — numbers that continue to fuel Smarsh’s growth. Smarsh is expected to add 50 to 75 employees to its Cobb location in the next year.
It will be interesting to see what other rising technology companies locate or relocate to Cobb by 2015.
Cobb EMC is venturing into new territory. The company has expanded the cooperative’s energy portfolio to include solar power from Azalea Solar, one of the largest solar power plants in Georgia. The project is a 100-acre farm located in Washington County, Georgia.
Cobb EMC’s power purchase agreement, signed in late 2010, will provide solar power generation over the next 25 years.
South Cobb's Turn?
Cobb got great news on the housing market with May numbers showing a massive 82 percent jump in housing permits. What is especially interesting is how much growth south Cobb is seeing. Though the area has been touted as a great place to live because of its relative cheap land and proximity to Atlanta and the airport, it has, in many ways, been left behind the rest of the county in terms of residential and commercial growth. That may be getting ready to change. The uptick in housing, along with the resurgence of the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority, enterprise zones and a possible CID might give it the shot in the arm it needs.
Testing ground good for Tesla?
Electric supercar company Tesla opened its first location in Georgia several months ago in Marietta.
Business must be pretty good for the company. It recently announced it was going to open two to four more locations in metro Atlanta.