The City of Marietta’s Economic Development Division fosters local economic growth by attracting and retaining businesses, encouraging redevelopment, and embracing innovation. Our staff of Economic Development professionals are dedicated to supporting the creation, sustainability and growth of both small and large businesses and entrepreneurs.
Marietta's Economic Development professional staff is always ready to assist businesses directly and by facilitating connections between companies and state and workforce agencies committed to business retention and expansion and assisting employers with recruiting and retaining qualified workers. The Division operates and facilates business and development services including:
What makes Marietta a great place for business?
Marietta is strategically located 15 miles north of Downtown Atlanta on U.S. Interstate-75 providing easy access to local, national and global markets by road and heavy rail networks. Marietta is about a 30 minute drive to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and 15 minute drive to Cobb County International Airport - McCollum Field and offers connections to the port of Savannah by road and rail. Marietta's location along the CSX rail line was a driver for early growth compared to many other parts of Cobb County and Metro Atlanta.
Marietta is a place where companies and entrepreneurs can do business in a supportive and profit-friendly environment. Many companies consider Marietta their ideal choice because of the ease of doing business in a competitive location. Marietta has an educated, skilled and growing workforce as well as exceptional infrastructure. Companies have convenient access to highway, air and rail transportation and reliable power and water supply services.
Companies from a variety of industries, largely medical and technology based, continue to select Marietta to start, relocate or expand including:
Home Depot, 2015 - a Fortune 500 company division relocation
TASQ Technology, 2011 - subsidiary of Fortune 500 company First Data
MiMedx, 2011 - human amniotic tissue processor and distributor with a global presence
Osmotica Pharmacuetical, 2011 - international manufacturer of Pharmaceutical products
Talenti Gelato e Sorbeto, - fast growth company and new subsidiary of Unilever
Workforce and Education
Many companies in Marietta find that it easy to attract and retain employees from a large pool of educated and skilled professionals who live in or near Marietta. According to 2014 Census survey data, 36.1% of city of Marietta 43.8% of Cobb County and 35.3% of Metro area residents hold a bachelors degree or higher. Marietta offers convenient access to certificate, degree and continuing education programs at Kennesaw State University and Chattahoochee Technical Institute in addition to Life University and a variety of training schools.
Workforce development led by CobbWorks helps ensure an adequate supply of skilled workers while supporting the recruitment needs of businesses. CobbWorks operates one of the states One Stop Centers to provide employment, education, and training services to both individuals and employers in Marietta.
Quality of Life
Established in 1834, Marietta is distinguished by its unique history, sense of community and modern quality of life. The city has a vibrant downtown offering shopping, dining and entertainment with an abundance of attractions including museums, art galleries, stage theaters and annual festivals. The area is enriched with greenspace including Kennesaw Mountain National park and 15 neighborhood parks.
Business Expansion Afternoon
On May 19th, the Office of Economic Development welcomes business owners interested in expanding their organizations. Join us at the Radisson Atlanta NW as we feature speakers discussing business expansion resources and opportunities for your businesses. Attendance is free, but space is limited.
Whether you are dropping in for a single session or staying the afternoon, be sure to click here to register. For more information, contact Alvin Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1PM: Government Purchasing
Interested in providing services
or equipment for governmental projects? Attend this panel discussion to learn what it takes for your business to contract with local and state government.
Dorna Werdelin, GA Dept of Administrative Services
Stephanie Brice, Cobb County
Beth Keller & Rick Churbock, City of Marietta
2PM: Local Resources
Why should you expand in Marietta. Join us to learn about programs for expanding businesses such as Opportunity Zones and Less Developed Census Tracts.
Beth Sessoms, City of Marietta
Alvin Huff, City of Marietta
3PM: Financing Your Growth
Financing your growth starts with "The Pitch." Join A.C. Chan as he starts this interactive session by helping you work to improve your business pitch.
Then, we'll hear from Sandro Murtas of Synovus bank discussing what you should consider prior to expanding and highlighting opportunities in international markets.
A.C. Chan, ACE Women's Business Center
Sandro Murtas, Synovus Bank
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