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Marietta Visitors Bureau Completes Visitor Research and Assembles Advisory Committee to Develop New Three-Year Business Plan

August 17, 2017


The Marietta Visitors Bureau, Marietta’s contracted Destination Marketing Organization, is assembling an advisory committee to help develop a new three-year business plan for the organization based on recent research results. Members of the diverse advisory committee bring nationwide experience in tourism, professional business skills, and local media and communications perspectives to the table. The Marietta Visitors Bureau has served the community for over 30 years and wants to build upon that foundation of southern hospitality and rich heritage to help propel Marietta to become a world-class travel destination.

The Marietta Visitors Bureau, with assistance from the City of Marietta, recently hired Marietta/Atlanta based research firm focused on the travel and tourism industry, Tourism Skills Group, to conduct research to assess how to best reach potential visitors thereby maximizing the economic impact of the travel industry in Marietta. To complete a comprehensive view of the visitor and how Marietta is perceived, Tourism Skills Group conducted face-to-face visitor intercept studies, inquiry conversion e-surveys, and a lodging survey. The advisory committee and Board of Directors will be using the research results and recommendations of Tourism Skills Group to help develop the organization’s new strategy.

As the leading industry in Cobb County, tourism has a significant economic impact on Marietta. According to Georgia Department of Economic Development, in 2015 Cobb County’s tourism industry:
 Supported 17,449 jobs
 Generated $1.6 billion in direct tourist spending
 Created $ 71.2 million in state tax revenues
 Generated $ 44.9 million in local tax revenues

Each Cobb County household would need to be taxed an additional $432 per-year to replace taxes generated by tourism economic activity.
Katie Peterson, Executive Director of the Marietta Visitors Bureau, believes, “the better we understand our traveler, the better we can convince them that our Gem City is the perfect destination for their next getaway or meeting, which ultimately is a win-win for everyone, resulting in more business for our hotels, restaurants, and attractions, which means a higher quality of life for our residents.”

City of Marietta Enters Testing Phase to Roll Out New “Smart City” Marietta TravelSafely App

August 16, 2017


The City of Marietta is pleased to announce it is entering the testing phase to deploy the new “Smart City” Marietta TravelSafely app that will soon be available on Apple and Android devices.

The Marietta TravelSafely app is designed to save lives by reducing first responder response time and making drivers, cyclists and pedestrians more visible to each other and improving traffic flow. Marietta TravelSafely currently connects first responders, school beacons, driver feedback signs, and will soon be deployed to all the city’s 120 traffic signals and anonymous smartphones using the app into a connected network. Like all smartphone apps, Marietta TravelSafely will be automatically updated with additional functions and improvements.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in the City of Marietta will be the first in the United States to connect to each other with a smartphone app that provides information from traffic signals and warns of approaching first responders and alerts the driver when entering a school zone.

“The technology behind the Marietta TravelSafely app will greatly reduce our first responders’ response time for calls for service and improve the safety of our citizens,” said Marietta Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs. “With this new technology, our department will be able to give our vehicles responding to emergency calls green lights to clear out the flow of traffic in a more organized and safe manner. The #2 cause of death for firefighters in this country is traffic accidents, therefore we all benefit if we can better ensure the safety of our first responders and the community we serve.”

As the first fully connected city, not only will first responders in Marietta automatically be given green lights at pre-cleared intersections to provide a safer route and shorten response time, but app users along the route of the first responder vehicle will also be warned of its approach and direction of travel.

“This will be an invaluable tool available to not only our citizens, but every person who enters into the City of Marietta,” said Marietta City Manager Bill Bruton.  “This free app will provide an additional layer of communication which will help better keep our citizens informed and aware of their surroundings. Our goal is to improve the safety of drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians while addressing traffic concerns of our citizens. We are very excited about this new use of technology which is a first in the United States and will improve the quality of life of our community.”

Using the app, vehicles will be notified they are in a school zone, when the beacons are active, and be given a warning if they exceed the school zone speed limit by 10 MPH. Vehicles approaching intersections will communicate with traffic signals so drivers can adapt to traffic flow. Another feature of the app notifies drivers of cyclists and pedestrians ahead who in turn will be warned if a vehicle is approaching at an unsafe speed. Anyone driving, cycling or walking in the city can use the app which will automatically work in the city’s 23 square mile area.

“Through the everyday use of smartphones and other technology, we see that a connected world just works better,” said Bryan Mulligan, President of Applied Information, developer of the TravelSafely app. “Connecting with Marietta TravelSafely has clearly visible benefits that can help save lives and make commuting safer and more enjoyable.”

The technology behind the TravelSafely app is developed and manufactured by Applied Information, Inc. with deployment by Temple, Inc.

Lindsey Wiles
Communications & Governmental Relations Manager
City of Marietta

Peachtree Rides Carnival at Town Center at Cobb, August 16-20

August 15, 2017



Celebrate back-to-school at the Peachtree Rides Carnival at Town Center at Cobb! From August 16-20, the festive, family-friendly event will include rides, games, food and more.

WHAT:              Peachtree Rides Carnival at Town Center at Cobb

WHEN:             Wednesday, August 16 – Sunday, August 20
Wednesday – Friday:  5-11 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 3-11 p.m.

WHERE:           Town Center at Cobb – JCPenney parking lot
400 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy
Kennesaw, GA 30144

HOW:     Single tickets: $1.25
25 tickets: $25
Unlimited wristbands: $25


Visit and for coupons and more information.

Haley Sheram
BRAVE Public Relations


MDE School to Host Premier “Boots & BBQ” Event on September 9

August 14, 2017

MDE SCHOOL will host a premier fundraiser event- Marietta “Boots & BBQ” on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  This event benefits the MDE School’s Life Skills and Job Coaching programs. MDE is a non-profit organization providing care, education, and therapies for children with special needs.

The event will be at Red Hare Brewing Company, 1998 Delk Industrial Blvd. SE, Marietta, GA 30067 from 7-10 pm on the 9th of September.  For more information, to purchase tickets, or inquire about sponsorships that are available- contact Mindy Elkan at 404-216-5331 or at the school 770-971-4633 or go on line to

MDE School is a place of compassionate people who work tirelessly with children of special needs. The school currently has 43 students and a waiting list.

A ticketed event, the ticket purchase will include: A souvenir pint glass, 36 oz of beer for the evening or complimentary root beer, good food, tour of the Red Hare Brewery, courtyard games, live entertainment by Shadowood, silent auction, testimonials from MDE Staff and Parents.

This event is sponsored by several local businesses.

Link for Silent Auction:

Mindy Elkan
MDE School

Community Health Planning Invites Cobb County Residents to Participate in Cobb & Douglas Public Comment Period

August 11, 2017

Cobb2020-CHIP-Facebook-_FinalDo you live, work learn or play in Cobb or Douglas County? If so, you are invited to review the drafted 2016 Cobb & Douglas Community Health Assessment (CHA) and 2017-2021 Cobb & Douglas Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and provide your feedback via a brief survey. The survey will be open from August 7th – 18th.  All participants providing contact information will be entered to win a $25 Walmart gift card. You could be one of 10 winners!

The CHA is a collection of data that provides a comprehensive picture of what is happening related to health in our community. We conduct this assessment every three to five years. The CHIP outlines a 5-year action plan to improve the health of our residents based on the needs identified in the CHA. The CHIP will be used to implement community-based changes to improve long-term health and wellness, monitor progress toward goals, and establish new goals in the future. Before the documents are finalized and published, we would like to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback.  All comments received during this period will be reviewed carefully and considered for final edits.

In 2016, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) partnered with Kennesaw State UniversityCobb2020 – A Partnership for a Healthier Cobb County (Cobb2020) and Live Healthy Douglas, to complete the 2016 Cobb & Douglas Community Health Assessment (CHA). The CHA is a collection of data that provides a comprehensive picture of what is happening related to health in a community. Such an assessment is typically conducted every three to five years.

The 2017-2021 Cobb & Douglas Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) outlines a 5-year action plan to improve the health of residents based on the needs identified in the CHA. In collaboration with Cobb2020 and Live Healthy Douglas, CDPH developed county-specific goals and strategies to address the identified priority issues. The CHIP will be used to implement community-based changes to improve long-term health and wellness, monitor progress toward goals, and establish new goals in the future. The success of the plan’s implementation will depend on continued partnerships as well as community support and engagement.

Detailed instructions can be found on the CDPH website at  Please feel free to pass this survey along to other individuals and join us in creating a healthier community for all!

Sabrina Mallett
Planning & Partnership Director–Community Health

The Battery Atlanta Introduces Free Yoga and Improv in the Plaza

August 10, 2017


In an effort to help guests relax the mind and spirit, The Battery Atlanta has announced plans for yoga and improv in The Plaza beginning this week.

First up will be Yoga in the Plaza, a partnership with Vita-Prana Yoga that begins this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the green lawn of the Plaza.  The yoga will continue every Thursday through October 26 (except on game days and weather permitting) and is free to the public.

If comedy is your way of relaxing, The Battery Atlanta has teamed up with Whole World Theater of Atlanta to bring improv in the Plaza, beginning Thursday, August 17*. The ensemble cast will take the Georgia Power Pavilion at 8 p.m. that night and again on Thursday, September 14* and October 19* for free performances.

“We have this terrific space that lends itself to hold some really fun and unique events,” said Jeremy Strife, vice president of the Braves Development Company.  “Relieve the stress of the day with a yoga workout or a ton of laughs and begin the weekend early.”

About SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta
The Battery Atlanta, a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development, located at the intersection of I-75 and I-285, features boutique shopping, chef-driven restaurants, an Omni Hotel, The Coca-Cola Roxy, 550 residences and One Ballpark Center, Comcast’s regional office headquarters.  Powered by Comcast’s all-fiber network and delivering multi-terabit capabilities, The Battery Atlanta will have the highest-capacity network serving any mixed-use development in the nation. The Battery Atlanta was privately developed by the Atlanta Braves along with retail partner Fuqua Development, office developer Pope & Land Enterprises and Pollack Shores Real Estate.  For more information on The Battery Atlanta please visit

Beth Marshall

Smyrna Labor Day 5K Set for September 4 Presented by The Charyn Darby Foundation

August 9, 2017

Join us in Smyrna on Labor Day, September 4, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. for the third annual Smyrna 5K.  The title sponsor of this year’s race is The Charyn Darby Foundation.  Proceeds from the race will benefit Smyrna Public Safety Foundation and the Smyrna Optimist Club, which support local public safety and youth initiatives.

Register as a team of ten or more participants for a chance to win $200 cash for your organization or group. Packet pickup for preregistered participants will be available at Orange Theory Fitness Smyrna, 4495 West Village Way, Smyrna, GA  30080 the following days and times:

Friday, September 1, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 2, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 3, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Race day registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. in front of City Hall, 2800 King Street, where the 5k and 1k races start and conclude. Orange Theory Fitness Smyrna will be leading the participants in pre-race warmup.

There will be plenty of fluids on the course and food and fluids at the finish. Quality T-shirts are given to all participants. Chip timing will be used to ensure accurate race results which are given in numerous age categories.

For more information and the registration link, visit, or

The mission of the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation is to encourage and strengthen the partnership between the Community and its Public Safety Personnel.

The Optimist Club of Smyrna is an affiliate of Optimist International and incorporated in the State of Georgia as a nonprofit service club. Hundreds of youth in Smyrna are helped by the Optimist Club’s projects and programs.

Barb Allen
Smyrna Public Safety Foundation