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Georgia Bridge Academy Launch Steps Forward for Inclusive Hiring

January 15, 2021

The North Georgia Autism Foundation Inc., Three Talents LLC, and Genesis Elevator Company have partnered to create the Georgia Bridge Academy (GBA). The GBA is a new and innovative post-secondary training program where students from Cobb County (18-38 years old) can earn industry recognized Cisco skills and certification in Network Security.

The mission of the Georgia Bridge Academy is to support meaningful employment opportunities for adults with disabilities by bridging talented people with high demand IT careers through certified industry-based training and education. This privately funded program will be provided free of charge to students with a documented disability that meet GBA screening criteria.

Jay Arntzen, President of Genesis Elevator, is excited to host the first classroom training session at the Genesis Elevator office location in Kennesaw, Georgia come June 2021. Eligible students will receive free full tuition, fees and equipment lending. Genesis Elevator Company has initiated multiple career and employment support opportunities in their community and their business. Genesis also supports the high school program Project SEARCH as a host business to teach relevant marketable skills. Arntzen believes employment provides everyone a pathway to reach their full potential.

As Three Talents states, “We are passionate advocates for people with disabilities who are committed to transforming lives through employment. We provide expertise to expand disability employment and build training academies that unlock the great potential of people with disabilities. We see great potential from all people and unlock it. We see the profound impact people with disabilities contribute to a culture, brand, business, and workforce. We also see the transformative impact it has on their lives. While the U.S. labor participation rate is at a historic high, 81 percent of people with disabilities in the U.S. are unemployed and nearly one-third live in poverty. Employers struggle to find talent while 30 million-plus people with disabilities just want the opportunity to prove themselves. We create opportunities which enrich their lives and the lives of all they touch.” Often these individuals possess a high aptitude and motivation for employment within the IT industry.

Tripp Ritchie states “The Georgia Bridge Academy strives to seamlessly match ability, education and opportunity to change many lives. As a pilot program in Georgia, we stand ready to share a new pathway that bridges ability with employment for young adults with disabilities. Our goal is for all of our students to reach their full potential.”

The Georgia Bridge Academy will strive to unlock the full potential of qualified students to reach employment goals by matching each student’s abilities to IT employment opportunities. Students who successfully complete the nine-month program will receive an industry recognized IT Certificate and a job.

Should your company desire to engage, for more information contact

Croy Promotes Scott McNally, PE to Site Development Department

January 14, 2021

Georgia-based, full-service consulting firm Croy Engineering announced the promotion of Scott McNally, PE to Site Development Department Manager at its Marietta headquarters’ location. A part of Croy’s team for the past six years, McNally will now lead the firm’s efforts to provide site planning and design engineering for projects across the Southeast, including work on parks, trails, and recreational areas.

“We congratulate Scott on this well-deserved promotion and milestone in his career,” said James “Jim” M. Croy, Sr., Founder and CEO for Croy. “Since joining our firm, Scott has proven to be a diligent worker and innovative engineer. We’re confident he will continue to demonstrate these qualities in his new role, while also providing excellent client service, thoughtful design, and strategic leadership.”

Since joining Croy in 2014, McNally has served as the project manager and lead civil engineer on the design of several site development projects in Georgia. His efforts include work on Greystone Power Corporation’s new headquarters campus in Paulding County, the new downtown greenspace and park for the City of Powder Springs, Fire Station No. 7 in Cobb County, and Fire Station No. 4 in Fayette County. As lead design engineer on each project, McNally was responsible for each site’s layout and plan, as well as oversight of grading, environmental studies, utility plans, and stormwater management.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Scott on several parks and recreational projects for our community. During each project’s development, he was able to help us envision innovative uses, while focusing on practicality and quickly addressing public comments,” said Michael Justus, Parks & Recreation Director for Paulding County.

A Georgia native, McNally is a Harrison High School graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Southern University. A Professional Engineer in Georgia, McNally is actively involved in the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA). He is a graduate of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Next Generation Mentoring Program and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia’s Future Leaders Program.

“I am fortunate to be able to design projects that improve the places where we live and work, while also giving back to the community where I grew up,” said McNally. “I look forward to continuing to provide engineering solutions to Croy’s many public and private clients.”

To connect with McNally, reach out via LinkedIn or email at

Cobb Galleria Centre & Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Welcome New Director of Sales & Marketing

January 13, 2021

The Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre welcome John Hill as Director of Sales & Marketing. In his new role, Hill will provide strategic leadership and execution of the company’s sales and marketing efforts.

“John’s background and credentials distinguish him in the industry,” said Michele Swann, General Manager & CEO of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority. “With his leadership, we are looking forward to a robust recovery of our business in 2021 and beyond.”

Hill comes to the Centre from the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, where he was director of hotel sales for eight years. He previously held director of sales and marketing positions at the Emory Conference Center Hotel and the JW Marriott in New Orleans. Hill is a graduate of Ball State University.

About Cobb Galleria Centre
The Cobb Galleria Centre is located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta. Cobb Galleria Centre is Atlanta’s premier convention facility with

320,000 square feet of event space, four exhibition halls, 20 meeting rooms, four executive boardrooms and a grand ballroom. Cobb Galleria Centre had more than 347,000 visitors to 417 events in 2019, resulting in an overall economic impact of $145 million. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbGalleria and on Instagram at

About Cobb Energy Centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational shows, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts two resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet and The Atlanta Opera.  The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-square-foot Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom and full-service food and beverage capabilities.  For more information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbEnergyPAC and on Instagram at

Former Cobb County DA Joyette Holmes to Join GDCR Attorneys at Law

January 11, 2021

GDCR Attorneys at Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Joyette Holmes as a member. Holmes will join the firm on February 1.

Holmes comes to GDCR after serving as the District Attorney for Cobb Judicial Circuit. Her extensive experience led to her selection by Governor Brian Kemp to lead the District Attorney’s Office.

She made Cobb County history by becoming the first female and African American to serve as both Chief Magistrate and District Attorney. She was also appointed as the special prosecutor in the Ahmaud Arbery case, which drew headlines nationwide.

Prior, Holmes served as the Chief Magistrate Judge for Cobb County, as an Assistant District Attorney, as an Assistant Solicitor General, and as a private business owner and Defense Attorney in the Law Office of Joyette Holmes.

Holmes was selected as the 2019 Cobb County Citizen of the Year and one of Cobb Life Magazine’s “20 Rising Stars under 40.” The Cobb NAACP and the Cobb Ministerial Alliance have both honored her with awards named for United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. And she has received a Community Service Award named for one of her mentors and retired Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham.

She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and serves in the Rho Zeta Omega – Cobb County Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Holmes also serves on the boards of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Must Ministries, the Cobb Community Foundation and the Davis Direction Foundation. She is also a Life Member of the Cobb County NAACP Chapter.

The Valdosta native earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  She is married to Smyrna native Bridges Holmes. They have two teenage daughters.

“We are extremely excited and pleased to add Joyette as a partner and member of the GDCR family,” said Scott Gregory, GDCR managing member.

“Joyette has a strong and proven track record in our profession, including serving as a prosecutor, judge and District Attorney in Cobb County.  In addition, we look forward to supporting her with her vision to assist youth in jeopardy who have little to no access or support in navigating an increasingly complex, insensible, and regulated society. Joyette is a major addition to our team at GDCR, and she will help us become a better, more diverse, and stronger organization into the future.”  

GDCR Law is a full-service law firm founded on a vision of providing clients with advice and expertise at the highest levels and developing meaningful relationships for the long-term.

Business clients include well-known companies in the construction, energy, financial services, healthcare, media, education, distribution, real estate and manufacturing industries. Governmental clients include large school districts, local counties and municipalities and state and local agencies and authorities.

With law offices located in Atlanta and Marietta, GA, our attorneys serve clients across the Southeast and around the world, from global trading firms in Hong Kong to leading financial institutions in Chicago and New York.

Explore The Battery Atlanta with a winter-friendly itinerary this January

January 10, 2021

Year-round entertainment destination welcomes 2021 with diverse mix of programming

No matter the resolution, The Battery Atlanta’s ever-evolving roster of experiential offerings, chef-driven restaurants and boutique shopping is accessible to all metro-Atlantans looking ahead to a 2021 filled with new discoveries. Those with a goal to get active this month can sign up for a high-energy workout at Pepper Boxing, get some fresh air at The Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare or toss a bag at Cornhole ATL Winter League. Guests can spend time with loved ones warming up with happy hour cocktails and listening to live entertainment every day at Live! at The Battery Atlanta and PH’EAST, plus dueling pianos at the popular Park Bench bar.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property.

Outdoor Activities:

Cornhole ATL Winter League
Every Tuesday from 6:45-9 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the season’s final tournament on Feb. 23. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings, reduce stress and offer a healthy way to catch up with friends and family! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:

Football Special at Terrapin Taproom

Sports fans can grab 24 delicious Fox Bros BBQ wings and a pitcher of beer for $50, while enjoying Monday Night Football inside the taproom.

Tuesday Combo Deals at Wahlburgers
Dine-in customers can savor Combo Deals every Tuesday including a 5 oz. burger, fries and a non-alcoholic drink for $12 or an 8 oz. burger, fries and a non-alcoholic drink for $14.

Wednesday Crab Night at El Super Pan
Patrons can score a deal on $19 snow crabs served from 5-10 p.m. every Wednesday with French fries and chili garlic butter. Guests can also grab a 32 oz. ice-cold Coors Light for just $10.

C. Ellet’s Last Call
As the final hour of service approaches each night, C. Ellet’s will be offering a special menu – 4 to 6 favorites plus the H&F Double Cheeseburger and fries for $10.

Kung Fu Tea After-Hours at PH’EAST
Kung Fu Tea lovers can take any drink purchase to Taps at PH’EAST and get it spiked! Try favorites such as the Drunken Fist made with Kung Fu Milk Tea + Brandy, the Lychee Margarita made with Lychee Punch + Tequila or the Honey Badger made with Honey Lemonade + Bourbon.

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social
Visitors can join in on happy hour fun featuring half-off activities, food starting at $5 and all-day drink specials from 4-7 p.m. every Sunday through Friday.

Kennesaw Pharmacy Brings More COVID-19 Vaccines to Cobb & Health Care Workers’ Cars

January 8, 2021

Innovation Compounding – an independent pharmacy based in Kennesaw – is helping accelerate the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Georgia. The pharmacy is scheduling appointments on and vaccinating health care professionals from the comfort of their vehicles.

“We are honored to help administer vaccines to Georgia’s heroes in health care,” said Shawn Hodges, PharmD, President & CEO of Innovation Compounding. “The more health care workers we can vaccinate, the faster they can safely return to work and vaccinate our communities.”

In support of Operation Warp Speed, Innovation Compounding brings vaccinations to Cobb in partnership with Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Cobb & Douglas Public Health, as well as with volunteer support from Mercer University College of Pharmacy.

Who can register?

Many people who work for large health systems will be vaccinated by their employers.

“Who is going to service the independent health care workers?” Hodges asked. “They serve our community and should be vaccinated as early as possible.”

Innovation Compounding is following the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) phased distribution schedule to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. At the time of this release, the vaccine is only available for qualified Phase 1A health care workers, such as physicians, nurses, respiratory technicians, dentists and hygienists, nursing assistants, assisted living facility staff, long-term care facility staff, group home staff, home caregivers and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Cobb County residents who do not fall under the Phase 1A guidelines can visit to sign up to receive an email when Innovation Compounding begins taking appointments for the next phases of the vaccine roll-out.

How to get vaccinated

Registered health care professionals can participate by completing an easy and convenient four-step process to be vaccinated from the comfort of their vehicle in 30 minutes or less:

1.     Register at

2.     Arrive to Innovation Compounding in Kennesaw

3.     Get vaccinated

4.     Schedule a follow-up vaccination

Maintaining the integrity of the vaccine

Routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use.

The independent pharmacy is licensed to ship specially formulated pharmaceuticals to 49 states, making the company a natural fit to maintain the integrity of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine must be refrigerated and can only be kept at room temperature for a short period of time.

“Packaging and shipping temperature-sensitive drugs is something we do daily,” Hodges explained. “Whether a medication goes across the state or across the nation, we know exactly what the temperature is when it gets there. Applying this skillset to handle these temperature sensitive vaccines and to serve our community in this way is an honor.”

Dosing information

The vaccine for COVID-19 that will be administered is made by Moderna, Inc., officially known as mRNA-1273, and is known to be 94.1% effective. Two doses are required and should be administered 28 days apart. Due to multiple COVID-19 vaccines approved for use, it is important to know that the second dose must be the same brand as the first. Immediately after receiving a vaccination at Innovation Compounding, an appointment can be scheduled for a second dose. Register to reserve your dose at now.

About Innovation Compounding

Innovation Compounding is a wellness-based, PCAB-accredited, compounding pharmacy that takes an integrative approach to meet patient and provider needs. Licensed in 49 states, it ships over 100,000 prescriptions across the nation annually. The independent pharmacy is committed to personalized medicine; patient advocacy; and collaboration with health care providers.

Innovation Compounding is located at 6095 Pine Mountain Rd. NW, Suite 108, Kennesaw, GA 30152. Learn more about how the pharmacy can help you at

Cobb & Douglas Public Health to Provide COVID-19 Vaccinations at Jim R. Miller Park

January 6, 2021

Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents in Phase 1A on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Jim R. Miller Park instead of the current site at the Marietta Public Health Center. Phase 1A includes healthcare personnel working on the front lines of the pandemic. 

A vaccination appointment system has been created exclusively for Phase 1A participants and they will receive an email from CDPH on how to register after they complete the enrollment form. Participants in Group 1A will be asked for proof of healthcare personnel status and priority will be given to Cobb and Douglas County residents.    

Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 12, CDPH will begin vaccinating residents in Phase 1A+. This phase includes public safety professionals and individuals age 65 years and older. An appointment system for people in Phase 1A+ will be available on the CDPH website beginning on Monday, Jan. 11.

Jim R. Miller Park has served as a full time COVID-19 testing site since April 2020 and will now serve as a full time COVID-19 vaccination site. CDPH will continue to offer COVID-19 testing at satellite locations throughout Cobb and Douglas Counties.  Testing registration may still be found on our website at

Points to Remember: CDPH will administer vaccines by appointment only. Participants will be asked to remain on-site for 15 minutes for post-vaccination observation. No walk-up appointments are available – participants must remain in their vehicle to receive the vaccine and be accessible to clinical staff providing the shot.  Residents are also reminded that many healthcare providers, in addition to public health, are gearing up to provide this service across the county next week. 

About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community. since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit

New Bikeshare Programs Launch in Cumberland and Town Center

December 18, 2020

The Cumberland and Town Center Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) are excited to announce new bikeshare programs in partnership with Tandem Mobility. The CIDs’ previous bikeshare provider shuttered operations in May (see earlier releases from Cumberland and Town Center). The relaunch with Tandem Mobility will serve as a one-year pilot program while the CIDs explore a regional bikeshare program with additional community partners.

“With the CIDs’ investments in our urban trail network, the region has evolved into a hub of greenway and regional trail connections that attracts walkers, joggers, cyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts.” said Kim Menefee. “Our bikeshares help make our communities more attractive, more accessible, and more connected. Whether you are heading to a Braves’ game or taking a beautiful ride in Town Center, our bikeshares connect you to the best of what Cobb County has to offer. “

“Our vision of a regional system would take these programs to the next level,” said Tracy Rathbone Styf, executive director of the Town Center CID. “This collaboration between the Cumberland and Town Center CIDs sets the stage for a more connected Cobb County in the future. Through our membership numbers, we’ve seen that thousands of users want to ride and ride further, and now they can. We could not be more thrilled to launch our new system and offer this amenity once again.”

Tandem Mobility offers technology that improves the user experience for renters. Bikeshare members can rent and return a bike from either program’s stations. The previous system allowed riders to rent and return bikes to only one program’s stations. Now, riders can use the programs interchangeably, with access to 80 bikes at 12 stations. Users of the new program will be able to ride for free for the first hour. After that, it will be $3 per hour with a $24 per day maximum.

The Cumberland and Town Center CIDs took a creative approach for the ribbon cutting of the new program. The relaunch took place as a YouTube premier showing both CIDs’ executive directors celebrating the long awaited return of the program.

The Town Center Community Alliance (Alliance), the Town Center CID’s nonprofit partner, will manage the Town Center Bikeshare Program. The Alliance leverages the work of the CIDs, Cobb County, and other partners who have invested in a regional trail network to engage community members.

The Cumberland and Town Center CIDs look forward to releasing more announcements in the future regarding Cobb’s bikeshare programs. To find out more about station locations, visit Cumberland ( and Town Center’s bikeshare page ( To rent a bike, download the Movatic app on your smartphone and follow the registration guide.

About Cumberland CID

The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID), Georgia’s first CID, is a premier model public-private partnership in the country. Over 190 Commercial property owners pay an additional property tax and the CID leverages these funds to advance key projects for increased access, connectivity, and character throughout the Cumberland area. Each year, the CID creates more value for investors by initiating and leading the enhancements that make Cumberland a more attractive place to operate a business, to work, and to live. Cumberland is home to Fortune 500 companies like The Home Depot, HD Supply, Comcast, Genuine Parts Company and more.

About 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

About the Town Center Community Alliance

Established by the Town Center CID in 2015, the Town Center Community Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to shaping the future of Town Center by supporting and funding beautification, greenspace and other quality of life initiatives that help foster a sense of place within the district. The Alliance’s vision is a vibrant, creative Town Center community with enhanced public places, preserved green spaces and collaborative economic development.

About Tandem Mobility

Tandem Mobility was born out of a desire to help develop and manage complete mobility solutions with their community partners. They focus on aligning people, tech, and data around their partners’ community’s goals–not the other way around. By partnering with premium providers in the industry, they are able to deliver a turnkey solution that allows their partners to focus on improving mobility programming while they seamlessly execute on the details.

Wellstar Receives Initial Shipment of Covid-19 Vaccine

December 18, 2020

Wellstar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest and most integrated healthcare systems, received the highly anticipated first doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine yesterday evening. Wellstar will begin voluntary team member vaccinations at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital today, followed by vaccine administration for frontline staff across its network of 11 hospitals starting this week.

What: The first shipment of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Wellstar delivery point the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 16, with a second shipment anticipated to arrive next week. The Georgia Department of Public Health determines the number of vaccine doses, shipping and arrival date, and recipient hospitals. According to Georgia DPH, more than 84,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to be shipped to Georgia for Phase 1. Wellstar received 3,900 doses as part of the first shipment.

Who: Healthcare workers working tirelessly on the front lines of the pandemic who have requested vaccination will be the first to get the vaccine at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital beginning the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 17. The first group of team members to be vaccinated represents a diverse cross-section of Wellstar employees on the frontlines of the pandemic from several departments, starting with our Emergency Departments, ICUs, Urgent Cares, Skilled Nursing Facilities, paramedics (1st responders), and adult & pediatric primary care offices.

Note: Additional photos and video of the first shipment of the vaccine are available for media to use upon request. Wellstar will capture photos and video of the first doses administered at hospitals across Wellstar System, which will be shared with media along with information about the recipients. For more information, contact

CROFT Welcomes Adam Lamb to Architecture Team

December 17, 2020

CROFT & Associates has announced the hiring of seasoned architect Adam Lamb, RA, NCARB

Lamb will join the company as a project manager, based out of CROFT’s Kennesaw headquarters. In this role, Lamb will directly support CROFT’s Federal Business Unit, which has managed many federal projects over the past two decades consisting of more than $80 million of federal architecture and engineering design services worldwide.

Working closely with the director of the Federal studio and the architectural design team, Lamb’s responsibilities will include management of the design procedure along with management of the overall studio and project profitability.

“Adam is an outstanding addition to CROFT and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the federal studio. We are more than excited to have him apart of the team,” stated Jeff Morgan, SVP and director of operations.

Lamb brings more than 14 years of experience in multiple market sectors and project delivery methods to the role. In previous positions, Lamb managed projects ranging from $5 million to $45 million with responsibilities of staffing and managing project teams in a design-build environment.

His portfolio includes high-profile projects like The Candler Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Charlotte’s Center City Medical Office Building and the Providence Medical Office Building, also in Charlotte.

Lamb received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kennesaw State University, where he continues to volunteer. Lamb also regularly volunteers his time with Faith Community Church.


About CROFT & Associates: CROFT, founded in 2004, is a full-service architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia with a second office location in Lawrenceville, Georgia. CROFT completes over 100 projects each year for clients nationwide in more than 40 states and provides in-house design services that include: architecture; interior design; mechanical, electrical, plumbing and energy engineering; construction administration; and program management.  Our architects and engineers are experienced in leading complex design projects with construction on budgets of more than $115 million.  CROFT’s portfolio includes repeat work for clients including Cobb County Government, Cobb County School District (CCSD), Cobb County Parks & Recreation, National Park Service, Dobbins Air Reserve Base and Gwinnett County Government. CROFT is a privately-owned organization with a strong history of philanthropy.