Commission Chairman, Tim Lee, outlines progress during past year

SOC2013-Lee_02aDuring 2012, Cobb County brought in more than $54 million in investments, 1,700 jobs and 19 new business announcements, Chairman Tim Lee said during his Jan. 14 State of the County address at the Cobb Galleria.

Lee described these and other successes during the Cobb Chamber of Commerce event attended by an estimated 550 people. He discussed various achievements and progress made by county government during the past year, as well as future plans that include lowering the millage rate.

Economic achievements during 2012 included relocation and expansions by businesses such as Gas South, Home Depot and Pramac. “In these competitive times, in this economy these projects do not land in our community by chance, it happens because we work together,” he said. “We have a great community ‘product’ to market, and we need to keep our product competitive in order to continue this success.” Lee cited strategic partnerships between the State Department of Economic Development, Cobb County, its six cities, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and others as helping retain jobs and recruit new jobs and investments in Cobb.

For the 15th consecutive year, Cobb County has had “Triple A” ratings from the nation’s three top bond rating agencies. Likewise, the Cobb Water System has maintained “Triple A” bond ratings since 2001 – one of the few in the country to do so, Lee said. Cobb County has the lowest millage rate, the smallest budget and lowest sales tax rate compared to other metro Atlanta counties, with services delivered by the fewest number of employees, he said. “We have the highest level of committed government employees in the nation and I appreciate each and every one of them,” Lee said.

In closing, Lee finished with:

“Moving forward in 2013, I commit to each of you that Cobb County Government will do its best to help us all move forward. We plan to moveSOC2013-Leea forward with renewed energy, strategic planning, commitment to excellence, thinking outside the norm and without the rear view mirror.

No longer are we going to look forward by looking back to where we were.  We will focus on what we can control and be prepared for that which we can not control. Only “forward vision” for Cobb County.  With God’s grace and a commitment to excellence we will continue to be the best County in this great Country.  Thank you for allowing me to serve this great county.”

Those interested in watching the full speech may view it on Government Access Channel TV23 at 1 p.m. Jan. 15-16, 6 p.m. Jan. 18 and 1 p.m. Jan. 19-20. The video may also be viewed online at http://youtu.be/qLhHNxJHcmY
The Cobb County 2012 Annual Report is now available online also. It contains almost a dozen sections filled with informative details as well as up-to-date comparisons of the county millage rate, budget totals and sales tax with other metro counties. The entire report is available at www.cobbcounty.org/annual-report.