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July 3, 2014


Dear KBA Member,


Happy Independence Day! I hope you enjoy the holiday, and also reflect on the fact that we live in the greatest country in the world, due largely to a group of bold visionaries that crafted our nation’s Declaration of Independence over 200 years ago.


We enjoyed hearing from Holly Bass, CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism, addressing the membership at the June luncheon at KSU. Tourism is a huge economic driver in Cobb County, and we learned that the Big Shanty Festival is a significant part of that tourism “engine”, with over a $3 million economic impact to the Cobb economy! Or was that a $30 million impact, Marlon Longacre???!!!


Also in June, a group of us early-morning folks got to snack on some delectable items on Tuesday, June 24th at the Great Harvest Bread Company on Due West Road. I forgot to do a headcount, but I’d guesstimate a crowd of about 30 of us enjoyed the food and networking.


This month’s luncheon will feature Dr. Dan Papp, speaking about the ongoing consolidation of KSU and Southern Poly. There are a whole lot of moving parts related to this consolidation, so it will be an interesting afternoon next Tuesday. Also in July, we will have a 5th Tuesday luncheon, and we anticipate another Wake-Up as well. Stay tuned for the Wake-Up location, and the 5th Tuesday luncheon will again be hosted by Carrabba’s.


Finally, mark your calendar for the Cobb Chamber and Cobb business associations’ Summer Jam, July 16, from 5:00-8:00pm at the Cobb Civic Center. It is free to all KBA members, but sign up before the deadline!


Enjoy the long weekend, and we will see you next Tuesday at the luncheon!




Mark Barre

2014 KBA President



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