- Formerly a bedroom community clustered around historic Marietta, Cobb County has become a suburban megaplex in the past 15 years. Marietta is the county seat; other municipalities are Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Smyrna, and Powder Springs.
- Cobb's population is 539,000 and is expected to reach 560,100 by 2000. Nearly 75 percent live in unincorporated Cobb County, governed by a five-member commission. Good planning has built a solid infrastructure; Cobb Community Transit operates a bus system and major road improvements are underway.
- Most jobs are in the service industry with retail and manufacturing close behind; Lockheed Martin is the county's largest single employer, with 9,800 employed in aircraft and equipment construction.
- Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb's 9,000 hotel rooms welcome conventions, trade shows, and business meetings. Fine restaurants, quality shopping areas, historic attractions, and Six Flags Over Georgia and White Water theme parks lure vacationers and travelers year round. Tourism is a billion-dollar industry.
- Examples of recent economic acceleration: dramatic small-business growth, the success of Cumberland and Town Center regional shopping malls, quality industrial-business parks serve firms looking for highway and airport access. Cobb has one of the metro area's highest per family incomes at $46,119.
- A major center for office development, Cobb has more than 13 million square feet of developed space.
- Cobb County is home to more than 175 international firms; many have their U.S. headquarters here.
- College-educated residents make up 33 percent of the population. Five colleges and two technical institutes serve the area as do two public school systems, Cobb County Public Schools and Marietta City Schools, and numerous public schools.
- The area is served by two daily newspapers: The Marietta Daily Journal and Neighbor Newspapers, and The Atlanta Journal & Constitution and Cobb Extra. (The AJ-C and the Cobb Chamber, in cooperation with Cobb County government, co-publish a monthly business tabloid insert, Connect Cobb.) Cobb Online is the area's information source on the Internet.
The Cobb Chamber of Commerce, the largest countywide chamber in Georgia, works to maintain a healthy economy throughout Cobb County. The Cobb Chamber provides administration for the Development Authority of Cobb County and the Cumberland Community Improvement District, which supports the Cumberland Transportation Network.
SOURCE: Cobb Chamber of Commerce