July 17, 2014, David Connell, President and CEO, Cobb Chamber of Commerce

David_ConnellDavid joined the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in November 2010. The Cobb Chamber is one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia, the 7th largest Chamber in the Southeastern United States (over 5000 members, 2700 businesses) and 5 Star Accredited – a designation of distinction (top one percent) by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. During 2012 and 2013, the Cobb Chamber was named as one the top 10 fastest growing Chambers in the U.S. At its Annual Conference in July 2013, the ACCE named the Cobb Chamber as one of the top 3 Chambers in the nation in the largest chamber category.

David’s focus is to strengthen the economy and quality of life for Cobb’s 55,000 plus businesses and a community of over 700,000 citizens. The Cobb Chamber’s Board of Directors has charged David with providing strong leadership to focus the Chamber’s resources to achieve five major outcomes:

1. Create jobs and drive economic development to new levels.

2. Strengthen the community and the region so Cobb is a great place to live, learn, work and play.

3. Grow member businesses by providing direct member services and enhancing the overall business climate in Cobb and the region.

4. Nurture leadership in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

5. Build unity in Cobb and the region by connecting and convening business, government, non-profits and the community in general.

Previously, David served as the regional executive for Georgia Power’s Metro West Region (Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, and Douglas counties). David retired November 2010 to assume his current role after a 40 year career with Southern Company and its subsidiaries, which included serving four years as a base civil engineering officer in the United States Air Force. In addition to Georgia Power, David has held senior positions at Alabama Power, Southern Company and Southern Company Services.

David has served and chaired dozens of non-profit Boards and initiatives including the Cobb County Public Schools Educational Foundation, United Way, the Center for Family Resources, Boy Scouts, WellStar Health System’s Foundation, Theatre in the Square, etc. David currently serves on the Board of the Council for Quality Growth, the Board of Chattahoochee Technical College, the President’s Advisory Council at Kennesaw State University as Chairman, the MAPS Advisory Board for Cobb-Douglas Public Health, and the state-wide Department of Driver Services (DDS) Board to which he was appointed by Governor Perdue in 2007.

He has received numerous awards for his civic involvement, including the Ernest Barrett Award (2001), the Len Gilbert Award (2002), the Mack Henderson Public Service Award (2004), the East Cobb Citizen of the Year (2004), the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award, their highest award for a volunteer (2005), the NAACP’s Presidential Award (2006 and 2008), the Secretary of State’s Outstanding Georgia Citizen (2006), the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award (2008), the Leaders and Legions Award in 2013 (Cobb County School System), and was named to James Magazine’s Most Influential list in 2012 and 2014. He was also named to the 2012 Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians and named to this list again in 2013. David is a graduate of Leadership Cobb, Honorary Commanders, The Executive Accounting and Finance Program at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), and the Regional Leadership Institute (RLI).

David has an engineering degree from Auburn University and advanced business degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and Harvard University.

Born and raised in Nashville, GA, David is married to the former Pam Cotten of Nashville, TN. Pam and David have four children and three grandchildren. David attends the East Cobb Church of Christ, where he and Pam are actively involved.

More info: http://www.cobbchamber.org/

Jim_JessThis Thursday night, we will also hear from Jim Jess, Vice Chair of The Georgia Tea Party. He will speak on “Religious Freedom & the First Amendment”. This will be the first in a series on the Bill of Rights.

For several years, Jim has been writing a column in Georgia Magazine called “Liberty Notes”. Each column explains the history and intent of one of the Constitutional Amendments, or a portion of one. Georgia Magazine has now published a compilation of some of these columns in pdf form. Here’s a link:

http://georgiamagazine.org/anonymous/upload/LibertyNotesOnTheBillOfRights_JimJess2014.pdf

Meeting Info

Time: EVERY Thursday night, 7-9 pm

Location: 900 Roswell ST, Marietta, GA

(Roswell Street Baptist Church office building, east of the church campus, west of the Big Chicken)

Judicial Conversations Meeting (aka JudiCon)

The NEW Judicial Conversations group will give us a chance to learn about the Judicial Courts and process in Georgia, and meet with Judicial candidates. We will come to understand their background and credentials, their judicial philosophy, and have an exchange that allows us to share our political philosophy and ask questions.

Judge Mary Staley

Judge Mary Staley

Our next JudiCon speaker will be Superior Court Judge Mary Staley. This will be held Wednesday, July 16, at the Superior Court Courthouse. This has been moved from Monday, July 14 in order to not interfere with another political event that Monday. This meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Be aware that you will need to go through security screening to enter the Courthouse.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Judicial Conversations group, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings, please contact GTP Board Member JD VanBrink.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views.

County and State Watch

Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, July 15, at 6:30pm at the Marietta Museum of History on Marietta Square. We will meet with State School Superintendent candidate Richard Woods (below left), and Bob Weatherford (below right), candidate for Cobb County District 1 Commissioner. This meeting has been moved from Monday, July 21, in order to not interfere with candidate prep for the Runoff Election on Tuesday, July 22. Please remember to vote.

richard_woods

bob_WeatherfordTo find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s County and State Watch, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other County or State officials or candidates, please contact GTP Board Member Steve Covert.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

COBB 2016 SPLOST

NOTE: Draft lists of projects for the proposed 2016 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) are now available online at www.cobbSPLOST2016.org.

The public is invited to remaining informational meetings on the proposed 2016 SPLOST. During the meetings, people can view project lists and converse with county staff about the various projects being considered for SPLOST funding. Participants may also provide their input. There will be no formal presentations, so participants may drop in anytime during the allotted hours.

District One

7-9 p.m., Wed. July 16 W. Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs

Countywide

10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, July 17 BOC Room, 2nd floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta

SPLOST public hearings will be held 9 a.m., Monday, July 21, and 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

For more information or to complete an online comment form, visit www.cobbSPLOST2016.org

Federal Task Force

David and Bonnie Perdue

David and Bonnie Perdue

Our last meeting was Monday, June 23, at 7:00pm at the Marietta Museum of History on the Marietta Square. We enjoyed appearances by State Senator Ed Setzler (below left), who spoke on behalf of Georgia Senate Candidate, Jack Kingston, and a second visit from David Perdue (right), who is in a runoff with Mr. Kingston for the Republican Candidate for Senator. Mr. Purdue was joined by his wife, Bonnie. Mr. Perdue also publicly signed the Marietta Declaration, described below, at the meeting.

State Senator Ed Sezler representing Jack Kingston

State Senator Ed Sezler representing Jack Kingston

Our next meeting will be Monday, July 28 at 7:00pm. We will continue to discuss our rollout of The Marietta Declaration, for the national elections of 2014 and 2016. We’re offering all candidates for national office to sign it, to show their support for the Constitutional principles described therein. Here is the website, from which you can find more information. http://www.themariettadeclaration.com

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other candidates, please contact GTP Board Members Jim Jess or Ronny West

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Future Thursday Meeting Speakers

July 24 – Tim Tyler – Concerned Veterans for America, War in Afghanistan

July 31 – Dr. Melvyn Fein – Sociology Professor, Kennesaw State University, “Religion, Prayer, and Obamacare”

August 7 – Dr J.C. Bradbury, Economics Professor, Kennesaw State University, on Sports and Economic Development

August 14 – Todd Rehm, publisher of GAPundit.com

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“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

- Ambrose Redmoon (pen name of James Neil Hollingworth)