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New Home of the Braves Named “SunTrust Park”

September 16, 2014

SunTrust ParkThe new Home of the Braves has its name:  SunTrust Park.

Committed to building the communities they serve, Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) and the Atlanta Braves today announced a partnership for the naming rights of the new Home of the Braves, slated to open in the spring of 2017.  The development will be the first of its kind – a destination that combines a state-of-the-art Major League Baseball ballpark with a simultaneously constructed multi-use community including unique shops, restaurants, offices and residences.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to partner with a great organization that shares our values for winning and serving the community,” said SunTrust Chairman and CEO William H. Rogers, Jr.  “This partnership provides SunTrust increased visibility on a regional and national level through a truly unique mixed-use development that will attract fans and visitors throughout the year.  Importantly, it will help us reach more people as we fulfill our bank’s purpose of lighting the way to financial well-being.”

In honor of hometown hero Hank Aaron, Rogers announced a $100,000 contribution from the SunTrust Foundation to the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. The Chasing the Dream Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to young people with limited opportunities so that they may develop their special talents and pursue their dreams.

“The new ballpark constitutes a new chapter in Atlanta Braves baseball, and we are excited that SunTrust has decided to build upon our decades-long relationship and embark on this journey with us,” said Atlanta Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk.  “Both of our organizations have deep roots in Atlanta and loyal fans throughout the Southeast and across the nation.  We couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner and look forward to seeing the first pitch at SunTrust Park in 2017.”

The 25-year agreement includes marquee signage for SunTrust as well as additional signage and promotional opportunities throughout the ballpark and adjacent mixed-use complex.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

SunTrust Park is being developed by the Braves in partnership with the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority.  Construction is scheduled to start later this year and will be completed by Opening Day 2017.  Located in Atlanta at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the bustling Cumberland CID, SunTrust Park will flow directly into the surrounding development, creating a vibrant atmosphere with unique shops, restaurants and entertainment venues that is accessible 365 days a year, not only on Braves game days.

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About Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are the National League’s winningest franchise since 1991. During that time, Braves teams have earned two National League wild cards, 15 division championships, five National League pennants, and a World Series title.  Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves franchise is the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball.  Follow the Braves at

About SunTrust Banks, Inc.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation’s largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients.  As of June 30, 2014, SunTrust had total assets of $182.6 billion and total deposits of $133.3 billion.  Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels.  The company also serves clients in selected markets nationally.  Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services.  Through various subsidiaries the company provides mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, investment management, equipment leasing and investment banking services.  Learn more at


September 15, 2014

WellStarColorAccording to a new report from the Georgia Hospital Association, WellStar Health System generated more than $2 billion in revenue for the local and state economy over a one-year period. The report by the state’s largest hospital trade association also found that WellStar sustained 16,116 full-time jobs through direct employment and employment in supplementary businesses during the same time frame.


Beyond the economic benefit to the local economy, WellStar has a positive impact on the community.  The System provided more than $200 million in unreimbursed care last year.  That includes $138 million for patients who couldn’t pay their bills.


“Beyond being a major contributor to the local economy, WellStar Health System is providing total family world-class care close to home,” said Reynold Jennings, CEO of WellStar Health System.  “WellStar will continue to improve access to care and find innovative ways to meet the healthcare needs of our community, while remaining a good steward of the public’s trust.”


WellStar is well positioned for the future.  Through forward-thinking leadership, WellStar has remained financially strong, even as regulation and reimbursements in the healthcare industry are in flux.  Many hospitals and health systems in Georgia are struggling to adapt to the changing landscape.  Presently, 42 percent of all hospitals in Georgia are operating with negative margins.


“This study demonstrates that Georgia hospitals do much more than provide lifesaving health care services: They are a major part of the economic vitality of the communities they serve throughout the state,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “The mere presence of a hospital in a community offers residents access to well-paying jobs that are close to home while serving as a key factor in attracting other businesses to open in, or move to, that area.”


About WellStar Health System

Recognized as the fifth most integrated healthcare delivery system in the country, WellStar Health System is the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia and serves a population of more than 1.4 million residents in five counties. The vision of WellStar is to deliver world-class healthcare. A national leader in the transformation of healthcare delivery, WellStar launched the Center for Health Transformation and the Georgia Health Collaborative that will have far-reaching effects on healthcare both locally and nationally. WellStar includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital) and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group; Urgent Care Centers; Health Parks; Pediatric Center; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and the WellStar Foundation. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit

New Training Offered to Nonprofit Boards of Directors

September 12, 2014

Glenda-Hicks-headerThe Cobb Chamber has partnered with the Cobb Community Foundation, the Cobb Community Collaborative and nonprofit CPA Glenda Y. Hicks to present a critically needed new training series in October 2014.

The purpose of this 8-hour certificate training series is to develop a pipeline of formally trained individuals to serve on nonprofit Boards of Directors who serve clients in Cobb County.  Learn More

Below is the special early registration information, which is available through September 15.

Early Registration is Now Open
$199 early registration through September 15 (then $225)
for 8 training hours — space is limited please register now.

Training will take place at the Mansour Center. Two time/date options are available.

Option 1 — Tuesdays:                                          Option 2 — Thursdays:
October  14 — 8:00 am to 12:00 noon                    October 16 — 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
October 21  — 8:00 am to 10:00 am                       October 23 — 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
October 28  — 8:00 am to 10:00 am                       October 30 — 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Cobb EMC Directors Recognized for Board Excellence

September 11, 2014
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(Marietta, GA – Sept. 2, 2014) – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson bestowed a “Cooperative Spirit Award” on Cobb EMC directors during a visit to the Marietta, Georgia-based cooperative. Member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, not just in the U.S. but around the world, operate according to a core set of seven cooperative principles. NRECA’s Cooperative Spirit Award recognizes the commitment by co-op leaders to adhere to these principles in all aspects of management.

“Cobb EMC directors are putting the interests of its members first. This Cooperative Spirit Award honors their commitment to live up to the seven cooperative principles,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson. “The Cobb board’s focus on members shows the cooperative difference.”

Cobb EMC’s directors are the first recipients of NRECA’s Cooperative Spirit Award and have focused efforts on increased transparency and accountability, stronger governance and lower operating costs.


Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC), a not-for-profit electric cooperative, safely delivers reliable electricity to more than 175,000 residential and commercial members in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC’s distribution system consists of 9,101 miles of line over 432 square miles. With more than 192,000 meters served, Cobb EMC is one of the largest of Georgia’s 41 EMCs and among the largest of the nation’s 900 EMCs. For more information, visit, or follow Cobb EMC on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

The Other Printer, Inc. Announced as Best of Category Award Winner in Georgia Printing & Imaging Competition

September 10, 2014

The Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) has announced that The Other Printer, Inc. of Woodstock is an award winner in the 2014 Print Excellence Competition. The announcement was made August 15th during ImPRESS 2014: Showcase & Print Celebration, held at King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta with nearly 500 industry professionals in attendance. PIAG’s Print Excellence Competition is one of the largest state printing competitions in the nation. This year, it attracted nearly 500 entries from 29 printing and imaging companies and graphic arts high schools from across the state.

The Other Printer, Inc. won eight Best of Category Awards and two Awards of Excellence. Only one Best of Category and one or more Awards of Excellence may be given in each category. A panel of two out of state judges with extensive experience in printing and print production was brought in to examine the work. Each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similar printed pieces. The judging criteria included: registration, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, overall visual impact and bindery.

For more information, call Greg Eisenbrandt of The Other Printer, Inc. at 678.919.9957.

Since 1894, The Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) has been dedicated to advancing the success of Georgia’s printing and imaging industry. Working together with Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, PIAG provides training, resources, and a voice of advocacy on both a state and national level.

The Print Excellence Competition, owned and managed by The Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG), is an annual event that recognizes and rewards printing and imaging companies who combine fine craftsmanship with technology in order to produce outstanding finished products. The award-winning companies are honored each year at PIAG’s Celebration of Print Gala.

Scaly Adventures Season 2 World Premiere Teams Up with Marietta’s Finest

September 9, 2014

Scaly Adventures Premiere FlyerJoin the cast of Scaly Adventures and the City of Marietta Police officers along with their trusty K-9 sidekicks for the season two world premier of Scaly Adventures this Saturday, Sept. 13. This free, family fun community event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on the City Hall Plaza Green with entertainment for the whole family including a meet and greet with the cast of Scaly Adventures, cool reptile interactions and opportunities to meet the Marietta Police officers and K-9 police dogs. Kids will also enjoy two inflatables and families can enjoy a picnic on the lawn with food for purchase from Table For Two. At 7 p.m., the fun will move inside the City Hall Council Chambers for the season two world television premier of Scaly Adventures. The season two premier episode features Marietta PD’s very own K-9 unit and aims to help children understand all of the good work police officers do for communities and assures that officers and their dogs should not be feared.

Pierce Curren, 13, started filming “Pierce’s Scaly Adventures” with his family two years ago. The show was born out of Pierce’s passion for not so furry friends and a desire to share these unique animals with people all over the world. More than just another animal show, Pierce and the Scaly Adventures team lead viewers on super fun, cool and educational journeys and encourage young people to follow their dreams and live a life of passion and purpose. You can catch Scaly Adventures locally on WATC-TV every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about Scaly adventures, visit Scaly Adventures was also recently featured in the Marietta Daily Journal.

Atlanta Braves to Break Ground on New Ballpark

September 8, 2014

BravesOfficially launching a new era for Atlanta Braves baseball, the organization will host a groundbreaking for its new ballpark on Sept. 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. The ceremony begins the construction phase of the project, putting it on schedule to host fans for Opening Day, 2017.


“This new ballpark will be a world-class venue that will give Braves Country the ultimate fan experience, both inside the park and out,” said Terry McGuirk, Chairman and CEO of the Braves. “We look forward to continuing to build great memories for our fans at this wonderful new location.”


The new home of the Braves will bring together a classic ballpark feel, modern amenities, and southern hospitality, creating a fan experience unlike any other. An intimate setting of 41,500 seats will be designed to maximize sightlines. The ballpark will feature a three “deck” design with the middle and upper decks cantilevered over each lower deck to ensure all seats are closer to the action.  An extensive canopy – approximately three times larger than most ballparks – along with several indoor spaces and clubs will ensure the most comfortable environment during any type of weather.  Wider concourses, most with direct views to the field, will allow easy access around the ballpark to specialty food and beverage areas.


The venue’s architecture will pay tribute to the natural environment while integrating into the existing topography of the site, which features a gently sloping terrain, allowing the home plate side of the park to nestle into the hillside.


The project will be the first of its kind – a lifestyle destination that will seamlessly integrate a state-of-the-art baseball stadium with an engaging multi-use community. This will create a vibrant atmosphere with unique shops, restaurants and entertainment venues that is accessible 365 days a year.


Located at the intersection of I-75 and I-285, the new ballpark will feature greater accessibility, with 14 access points to the site and ample parking evenly distributed throughout the destination.


For more information, visit


About Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are the National League’s winningest franchise since 1991. During that time, Braves teams have earned two National League wild cards, 15 division championships, five National League pennants, and a World Series title. Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves franchise is the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Follow the Braves at,, and



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