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Town Center CID Announces New Development Director

February 17, 2017
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The Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID) announced today that it has hired Jennifer Cain as Development Director of the Town Center Community Alliance, the nonprofit partner organization of the TCCID. Cain will play an integral role in advancing the priorities of the newly formed Town Center Community Alliance (TCCA), whose mission is to look beyond infrastructure and envision a “heart and soul” for the Town Center community. As a separate 501(c)3, the Town Center Community Alliance invests philanthropic funds into projects to enhance, construct and maintain the trail systems, public parks and greenspace, as well as provide education, programs and services for the Town Center CID and surrounding community.

Cain comes to the TCCID from the Marietta-based Center for Family Resources (CFR), where she served as Development Director since 2014. She was a member CFR’s executive leadership team, with shared responsibilities for all fundraising initiatives, including the growth of the annual revenue budget. In this role, Cain increased fundraising revenue by 53%. Prior to this, she served as Development Coordinator at CFR and brings over 12 years of fundraising and nonprofit experience to her new position.

Cain is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) through CFRE International and a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) through the Council of Volunteer Administrators. As an alumnus of Kennesaw State University, she is excited to work on projects that will have a direct impact on Town Center, a community that includes her alma mater.

“The Town Center CID has shown itself to be an innovator and leader in developing and maintaining beautiful greenspace, trails and parks, making it one of the most desirable communities in metro Atlanta for residents and visitors alike,” said Cain. “I am excited to be a part of the strategic growth of the TCCA and work with the CID’s exceptional staff, leadership and stakeholders to help make a lasting impact on the landscape of the Town Center community.”

“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Jennifer joining our team to lead development and donor relations for the TCCA,” said Executive Director Tracy Rathbone. “She will play an integral role in its continued growth and outreach. Her broad fundraising and management skills will be invaluable as we grow our greenspace and implement quality of life initiatives as laid out in our Master Plan.”

 About the Town Center CID

Founded in 1997, the Town CID is dedicated to the betterment of the Town Center area through transportation infrastructure, safety improvements, beautification and other projects that enhance property value by increasing interest and investment in the community. The Town Center CID utilizes funds from voluntary commercial real estate taxes to implement its projects. For more information, please visit www.towncentercid.com.

WellStar Foundation to Host Starlight Grand Slam Gala at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre

February 17, 2017
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The WellStar Foundation will be the first to host a private fundraising event at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre adjacent to SunTrust Park on April 23, at 6:00 p.m., benefiting WellStar trauma services.

This year’s event has been dubbed the WellStar Foundation Starlight Grand “Slam” Gala in honor of the ballpark surroundings. It will feature special SunTrust Park experiences and baseball themed entertainment, including an appearance by honorary co-chair Ryan Klesko, Atlanta Braves first baseman and 1995 World Series champion.

Klesko says, “As a Georgia resident and former Atlanta Brave, I am proud to be teaming up with WellStar, the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia. It’s exciting to be in SunTrust Park as the community rallies to improve trauma services for those suffering from life-threatening injuries.”

“We are very excited to partner with the Atlanta Braves offering our guests the opportunity to be among the first to experience the new ballpark,” said Penny Morrison-Ross, WellStar Foundation Executive Director. “The Gala is our biggest annual fundraising event and this year’s proceeds will go toward one of the most vital and immediate service areas – trauma. Our goal is to improve access to critical care for every member of our community when time matters most.”

WellStar hospitals serve more emergency patients than any other health system in the state of Georgia and provide trauma services at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Additionally, Kennestone Hospital has the busiest emergency department in Georgia. Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar Cobb Hospital rank third and fourth respectively for highest volume emergency departments in Georgia.

Along with raising funds for WellStar trauma services, the Gala also honors the philanthropists, volunteers, physicians and clinicians who support WellStar’s mission of delivering world-class healthcare close to home.

Contact Kelli Moore for information on available sponsorship opportunities at 470-956-6673 or kelli.moore@wellstar.org. Additional event details can be found at welllstar.org/gala.

About the WellStar Foundation

For more than 30 years, the WellStar Foundation has been at the forefront of securing life-saving resources for the WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia. As a not-for profit, donations from individuals, businesses and community organizations are critical for WellStar to achieve world-class healthcare. The Foundation reinvests 100 percent of every dollar donated toward initiatives that advance the level of healthcare provided to WellStar communities through improved patient services and assistance for those in need. To learn more, visit wellstar.org/foundation or call 770-956-GIVE (4483).

IgniteHQ Opens New Headquarters

February 10, 2017
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IgniteHQ, north Georgia’s premier business incubator and accelerator, is pleased to announce the opening of its new headquarters at 57 Waddell street in downtown Marietta, Georgia just off the historic Marietta Square on February 28, 2017.

“The new headquarters of IgniteHQ will not only serve as home to local entrepreneurs, but will play an integral role in bolstering both new and existing businesses in the region,” said IgniteHQ Executive Director Mark Hubbard. “Through our educational programs and mentorships and with support from our partners and sponsors, our members will truly thrive,” Hubbard said.

 

The exciting new facility designed by architectural firm Veenendaal Cave (VCave) and furnished by Corporate Environments features multiple workspaces, common areas intended for creative collaboration, large meeting and event rooms, moveable walls, a game room and a fully stocked dining area.

“Veenendaal Cave put our creativity into motion to design a collaborative workspace that builds a community and inspires innovation!” said VCave Design Team Director Lauren Tenpenny. “With attention to both form and function, this unique space provides a setting for ventures to grow and inventions to flourish; we’re thrilled to partner with IgniteHQ on such a transformative project,” Tenpenny said.

In partnership with Kennesaw State University (KSU) and in collaboration with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, IgniteHQ is an outgrowth of the Chamber’s Competitive EDGE program. IgniteHQ supports Georgia’s entrepreneurial community by enabling the long-term success and growth of both new and early stage companies.

A combination of business accelerator and startup incubator, IgniteHQ provides entrepreneurs space to conduct their business and access to unique educational programming, mentoring, advisory services, and collaboration opportunities.

Mark Hubbard became IgniteHQ’s Executive Director in early February. Hubbard joined IgniteHQ from the Alpharetta Technology Commission where he launched and led the ATC Innovation Center and served as the Center’s CEO.

The property at 57 Waddell Street is leased by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on behalf of Kennesaw State University (KSU). The overall management and maintenance of the property is the collaborative effort of KSU, Cobb County and IgniteHQ.

For more information on IgniteHQ, including membership and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.ignitehq.co or follow us @ignitehqga.

Attend the Ribbon Cutting & Opening Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 28 | 4-6 p.m.

57 Waddell Street, Marietta, GA 30060

Remarks by:

  • IgniteHQ Executive Director Mark Hubbard
  • Cobb County Commissioner Mike Boyce
  • Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens
  • Cobb Chamber President & CEO David Connell

 

 

IgniteHQ Announces New Executive Director

February 6, 2017
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IgniteHQ, north Georgia’s premier business incubator and accelerator, is pleased to announce that Mark Hubbard has been named its new Executive Director, effective today, February 6, 2017. The selection was made after a regional search conducted by a committee assembled by the IgniteHQ Board.  

Hubbard joins IgniteHQ from the Alpharetta Technology Commission where he launched and led the ATC Innovation Center and served as the Center’s CEO. A well-known mentor and investor, Hubbard brings decades of management and capital markets experience to IgniteHQ as the organization prepares to open its new Marietta headquarters at the end of February.

“I am thrilled and honored to serve the business, entrepreneurial and university communities in this important role,” said Mr. Hubbard. “I am excited to join the extraordinary team at IgniteHQ and to build on the momentum already generated in the past couple of years. We are eager to share the amazing, impactful work that we have planned,” Hubbard said. 

“From an impressive pool of local, regional, and national candidates, Mark distinguished himself through his passion for entrepreneurs and his experience in working alongside mentors, venture capitalists, service providers, corporations, and entrepreneurial support organizations such as the Cobb Chamber,” said IgniteHQ board member Charles Ross. “He has a robust network and he brings a unique perspective to this role. He will be a valued coach and a strong champion for our community’s entrepreneurs. I look forward to working with him,” Ross said.

During more than twenty years serving at the highest levels of some of the world’s largest investment management companies, Hubbard directed billions of dollars of capital and launched one of China’s most successful asset management joint ventures. Known as an adept strategist and operator, he also founded a global private equity firm and has been a leader on the Vanguard of Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Nonprofit Management.  

In partnership with Kennesaw State University and in collaboration with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, IgniteHQ is an outgrowth of the Chamber’s Competitive EDGE program. IgniteHQ supports Georgia’s entrepreneurial community by enabling the long-term success and growth of both new and early stage companies. IgniteHQ provides entrepreneurs space to conduct their business and access to unique educational programming, mentoring, advisory services, and collaboration opportunities.

KSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to host winter social on Feb. 13

February 2, 2017

It’s time to dust off those dancing shoes as KSU OLLI prepares for its “Paris Nights” winter social on Monday, February 13 from 6 to 9 p.m at KSU Center. Guests will have the opportunity to socialize, meet new friends and enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by live entertainment. Jeni Michelson & The Society Express Band will be playing tunes for the night. Known as a hip “little big band,” the group possesses an impressive repertoire from Swing, Motown, Classic Rock & Funk to Salsa, Pop, Country, Beach and Blues.

“It’s a great pleasure to see these events come to fruition,” said Continuing Education Dean Barbara Calhoun. “OLLI socials bring our community together. They provide our guests with a wonderful time.”

OLLI at KSU offers a vibrant selection of educational and social opportunities for adults age 50 and older. Classes at OLLI are offered year round in the areas of technology, art and music, finance, fitness, leisure and more. Members of OLLI come from diverse backgrounds and professions. They share the desire to stay intellectually active and engaged through short courses, excursions and social events.
OLLI’s “Paris Nights” social is sponsored by Marietta Hearing Center. The cost for the event is $10 per person and includes buffet style dinner and live entertainment. Advance registration is required and can be completed online at ccpe.kennesaw.edu or by calling 470-578-6765.

12 Cobb County Elementary Students Honored in 12th Annual Allatoona Ally & Friends Artist Challenge

February 2, 2017
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The Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) and Cobb County Water System congratulate the 12 Cobb County elementary school students selected as this year’s winners of the 12th Annual Allatoona Ally and Friends Artist Challenge. The winners were selected from 950 entries, encompassing 28 schools in Cobb County.

Cobb County fourth- and fifth-grade students were invited to create coloring book illustrations depicting Lake Allatoona’s own ambassador, Allatoona Ally, in her efforts to educate her friend, Tappy the Turtle, about water conservation.

The coloring book featuring the top 12 entries will be distributed throughout the community and available for free download at watersmart.net.

An autograph party was held to honor the winning artists on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Cobb County Water’s Lab Training Room in Marietta, Ga. The artists were sworn in as new Junior Water Deputies.

The winners of the 2017 Allatoona Ally and Friends Artist Challenge include:

  • Sophie Landrum, fifth-grade, East Side Elementary
  • Sammie Lee, fifth-grade, Bullard Elementary
  • Zuri Ramirez, fifth-grade, Green Acres Elementary
  • Ryan Lacey, fifth-grade, Big Shanty Intermediate
  • Meryl Gilmore, fifth-grade, Davis Elementary
  • Kristen Hur, fifth-grade, Kemp Elementary
  • Havalyn Bryant, fifth-grade, Harmony Leland Elementary
  • Jackeline Lopez, fifth-grade, Due West Elementary
  • Cindy Nwagwu, fifth-grade, Varner Elementary
  • Stella Newton, fifth-grade, Frey Elementary
  • Kalin Tubbs, fifth-grade, Lewis Elementary
  • Tommy Hidalgo, fourth-grade, Clarkdale Elementary

The illustration by Sophie Landrum of East Side Elementary was selected as the cover art for the 12th Anniversary Edition of the “Adventures with Allatoona Ally & Friends” coloring book.

“Educating students and getting them involved with water conservation at an early age is crucial to the future of our water resources in Georgia,” says Becky Mixon, program director for waterSmart. “Now in the 12th year of the Allatoona Ally & Friends Artist Challenge, we are thrilled with the quality and creativity of the artwork that will inspire others to save water.”

A panel of judges – including Walter Reeves, Host of “The Lawn and Garden Show” and Brian Holtzinger, Lake Allatoona Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger – selected the winning illustrations.

“The future looks brighter when younger generations express such enthusiasm about helping to save water,” says Kathy Nguyen, senior project manager at Cobb County Water System. “We are very proud of all those who participated while spreading this important message.”

About waterSmart

The waterSmartSM program was initiated by CCMWA in 2000 to educate their service area residents of all ages about the importance of indoor and outdoor water conservation and to help encourage sustainable, year-round conservation, regardless of climate conditions. CCMWA is in its seventeenth year of providing the waterSmart program to the community. For more information on water conservation and waterSmart, visit www.waterSmart.net.

Rise up! Town Center at Cobb, Atlanta-area Simon centers show their Falcons pride

February 1, 2017

Ready, set, hike! Atlanta-area Simon centers invite Atlanta Falcons fans to join them in showing their Falcons pride at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Phipps Plaza, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb beginning this Thursday, February 2. In anticipation of Sunday, fans can “pass” along good luck to the Falcons by signing a card wishing their hometown team to keep rising through the big game.
To show support for the Atlanta Falcons, fans can do the “Dirty Bird” and sign a card at the below Simon centers:

Town Center at Cobb
400 Barrett Pkwy. / 770-424-9486 /
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

ThursdaySaturday:10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday:12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Card will be on display in the food court near Entry 5.

Lenox Square
3393 Peachtree Rd., N.E. / 404-233-6767 /
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

ThursdaySaturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Card will be on display in the Lenox Square Fashion Café.

Mall of Georgia
3333 Buford Dr. / 678-482-8788 / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

ThursdaySaturday:10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday:12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Card will be on display in Center Court near Simon Guest Services.

North Georgia Premium Outlets
800 GA- 400 / 706-216-3609 / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

ThursdaySaturday:10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday:11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Card will be on display in the Food Pavilion adjacent to Simon Guest Services.

Phipps Plaza
3500 Peachtree Rd. NE / 404-262-0992 / Facebook / Twitter/ Instagram

ThursdaySaturday:10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday:12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Card will be on display on the third level near the dining options (next to AMC Phipps Plaza 14).

Sugarloaf Mills
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy / 678-847-5000 / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

ThursdaySaturday:10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday:12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Card will be on display in the food court near Entry 5.

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.