Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development

Existing Business Resources

Our experts are available to help businesses on a daily basis, regardless of the company’s size, needs or timeframe. Through strong partnerships, each business in Cobb will have a distinct support team in place for unparalleled service.

The business retention and expansion team consists of several different community and state organizations that are committed to strengthening and expanding our existing industries. Our goal is to provide the necessary services, information solutions and contacts to facilitate industry success and growth. Our team works to facilitate business partnerships with local educational institutions in order to strengthen our current and future workforce. We encourage companies to contact our team and explore opportunities for growth.

Workforce Development Training

John Helton
President & CEO

  • Career services
  • Job market services
  • Training assistance
  • Cobb Literacy Council
  • Youth career advancement

Chattahoochee Technical College
Rex Bishop
Economic Development


Georgia Department of Economic Development
Lindsay Martin
Regional Project Manager

  • Georgia incentives for new and existing companies
  • Competitive market data research and supplier match program
  • International business connections and export assistance
  • Access to capital and state grants
  • Connection to Georgia Centers of Innovation


Georgia Department of Labor
Elizabeth Scott
Regional Coordinator, Region 3N

  • Job fairs
  • Applicant screening
  • Federal worker grants
  • Special worker populations access
  • Wage/labor information
  • Job order listing


Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
Bill Ritsch
Region Manager

  • Advanced technology development center
  • Community innovation services
  • Georgia Manufacturing Extension partnership
  • Strategic partners office
  • Program in Science, Technology, and Innovation policy
  • Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center


Rodger Brown
Executive Director

  • Comprehensive start-up training design and instruction for new companies focusing on jobs specific technology transfer
  • Comprehensive training for expanding companies with job growth
  • Targeted training in new technologies for existing companies

Local Existing Business Support

Cobb Chamber
Brooks Mathis
Vice President of Economic Development

  • Community business issues
  • State legislative actions
  • Workforce development coordination
  • Research resources
  • Business networking
  • Local connection with government and other organizations


Cobb County Economic Development
Michael Hughes
Director, Office of Economic Development


Development Authority of Cobb County
Nelson Geter
Executive Director Economic Development

  • Local demographics and incentives
  • Bond financing


Acworth Power
Rusty Blackwood
Director of Power


Atlanta Gas Light
Jodie Huiet
Manager, Community Relations and Economic Development


Cobb EMC
Mark Goddard


Electric Cities of Georgia
Lonnie Smallwood
Business Development Associate

  • Community profiles
  • Property search
  • Resources including: Georgia maps, incentives, transportation, training, taxes, education and utilities


Gas South
Sandy Miller
Senior Vice President and CFO


Georgia Power Company
David Stewart
Regional Manager


Marietta Power & Water
Heidi Isom
Business Development