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Cobb development authority changes tax break policy to appease schools

Cobb development authority changes tax break policy to appease schools

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County’s development authority has changed the way it will award tax incentives to companies that build in Cobb in an effort to get along better with the county’s school board.

Changes include that the development authority will notify school officials when a developer applies for tax incentives and plans to build in either the Marietta or Cobb school districts, and that each developer applying for tax incentives must pay for a cost benefit analysis to show the authority how many jobs are expected, as well as the development’s economic return, reports the Marietta Daily Journal.

The decision comes about five months after the development authority agreed to pay $17,000 in legal fees to the Cobb Board of Education’s law firm after the board challenged a tax break the authority granted a development in 2013, the MDJ adds.

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

ATLANTA -- Employment opportunities are in full bloom this fall for the nation’s largest independent garden retailer. Pike Nurseries will add approximately& 150 seasonal associates in the coming weeks.

Whether applicants are experienced sales professionals, retail managers or hobby gardeners, Pike Nurseries has a position for anyone who loves plants, people and playing in the dirt – no green thumb required! Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the Pike Nurseries Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lindbergh store on 2410 Camellia Lane NE or apply at any Pike Nurseries location.

The garden center is seeking applicants at every skill level, from high school students to those with a rooted background in horticulture. Employees must be prepared to proactively engage with customers, take the guesswork out of gardening, care for the store’s plants and more.

Chamber to hold networking event

Chamber to hold networking event

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce and the Acworth Business Association will hold a networking event in Dallas next month.

August's Net After Work will be Thursday, Aug. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stars and Strikes.

The event is open to both chamber members and guests. Admission is $5, which includes pizza, soda, bowling, one beer coupon and networking with local businesses.

Visit pauldingcountychamber.com for more information.

Stars and Strikes is located at 2400 Hiram Acworth Highway.

Cobb Chamber mentoring program accepting applications

Cobb Chamber mentoring program accepting applications

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its Next Generation Mentoring Program.

The program is designed to build relationships between current and future business leaders in the county. Mentors will provide professionals in their 20's and 30's with the skills they need to grow their careers and achieve their business goals.

Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 2.

More information, including an application link and a list of participating mentors, can be found at cobbchamber.org.

WellStar cuts 29 corporate jobs

WellStar cuts 29 corporate jobs

MARIETTA, Ga. -- WellStar Health System cut nearly 30 corporate jobs Wednesday.

The Marietta-based health system did not offer any reason for the cuts, but a spokesman for WellStar said 11 team member roles were eliminated.

Another 18 team members' positions were displaced, which means that the company will try to find another open position for them to fill.

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Attorney Wayne Morrison made President, Cobb County Bar Family Law

Attorney Wayne Morrison made President, Cobb County Bar Family Law

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Wayne A. Morrison, founding partner at Hedgepeth, Heredia, Crumrine & Morrison in Atlanta, has been named President of the Cobb County Bar Association Family Law Section. Organized to promote excellence and professionalism among Family Law practitioners in Cobb County, the section also fosters collegiality between judges and attorneys, which extends to courtrooms and mediation sessions.

Morrison practices in all areas of family law, including divorce and separation, and is an experienced Guardian ad Litem, advising courts on matters concerning the interests of children. His honors, recognitions and community service include:

* President, The Cobb County Bar Association Family Law Section
* Atlanta magazine “Super Lawyer”
* Member, Executive Committee, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court
* Member, Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Georgia
* Member, The Atlanta Bar
* Member, The Cobb County Bar Association

Best Buy to cut hundreds of jobs

(BUSINESS JOURNAL) -- Best Buy Co. Inc. plans to cut hundreds of jobs throughout its U.S. store operations, according to a report in the New York Post.

The article, citing anonymous insiders, says the "layoffs could affect upwards of 2,000 managers," though the exact scope isn't known. The retailer does not plan to close any of its 1,055 U.S. stores at this time.

Best Buy, which reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, declined to comment. The chain has 19 stores in metro Atlanta.

Late last month, Best Buy announced it was laying off roughly 950 full-time employees at its Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada as part of a store-restructuring initiative. The company said it will consolidate sales departments and reduce management layers in an effort to "streamline its store operating model as part of the company's long-term growth strategy in Canada."