Representatives from MIC’s Economic Development Committee joined Cobb County Economic Development Division, SelectCobb, the Development Authority of Cobb County, City of Austell, Powder Springs Development Authority, and community stakeholders in Business Walks, an inaugural initiative dedicated to learning more about Cobb’s business community on Tuesday, May 7. District 4 Commissioner Cupid participated in one of the groups visiting local businesses as well.
The MIC team visited businesses on Veterans Memorial Highway and other groups fanned out to cities of Austell and Powder Springs, as well as Mableton’s Discovery Boulevard, and Austells’s Six Flags Industrial, Riverside Parkway, and Hartman Road areas. Reunited, the teams discussed their findings and work together to address any pressing matters.
What are Business Walks? Business Walks are an innovative business retention and expansion program that allows economic development groups to visit businesses for one-on-one interviews and facility tours. The teams gather feedback from companies on key matters, such as community engagement and services, opportunity for growth, workforce needs and current challenges. The teams also use surveys with predetermined questions to quickly diagnose firms on the brink of greatness or those at risk, increase awareness of programs and services offered by local and county organizations, and identify those businesses that may require further assistance. For business owners and operators, meeting with community leadership and development groups allows their voices to be heard and ensures a prosperous business climate for the future.
Want to get involved with MIC’s Economic Development team? Email Committee Chair Twila Hawthorne.