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Old 03-03-2015, 09:56 AM
 
Location: O4W
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If Cobb County denies this (which they should, good LORD!), this may be the beginning of Home Depot moving to another county in the metro area. Heaven forbid they leave the state altogether...
Never. I think they want to move near Marta.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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Home Depots stock has shot up over the last year. Hopefully Atlanta will throw some money their way to move to Midtown.
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Home Depot should build a super tower and move to Midtown.
As nice as that would be, they strike me as a company that would go to Perimeter if they moved.

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Never. I think they want to move near Marta.
Hope you're right!

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Old 03-03-2015, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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I don't think Invest Atlanta needs to throw them any special amounts of money (besides maybe help them with financing that is available to all). But Home Depot may be interested in avoiding Braves / Cobb traffic and being closer to smart University graduates, transit, and the airport.
Being close to transit, I will grant you. They'd be hard pressed to find a site with much easier airport access, though, than where they are today. 20 minute drive, and it is rarely congested.

I also don't think you're likely to find many areas that have a higher concentration of college graduates than Smyrna / Vinings / Cumberland. Cobb is the most educated county in Georgia, and the 12th most educated in the entire country, and much of that education and associated wealth is concentrated around the densely populated area centered on the Paces Ferry / I-285 interchange, which just so happens to be the location of the HD headquarters.

All that aside, I don't think the county should pay them a subsidy to support their current HQ. I could see some sort of support for the Franklin Road site, as that area is in need of revitalization and this could be a good catalyst that would help improve it and generate additional tax base.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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I also don't think you're likely to find many areas that have a higher concentration of college graduates than Smyrna / Vinings / Cumberland. Cobb is the most educated county in Georgia, and the 12th most educated in the entire country, and much of that education and associated wealth is concentrated around the densely populated area centered on the Paces Ferry / I-285 interchange, which just so happens to be the location of the HD headquarters.
They are probably looking to tap into younger / "millennial" graduates and KSU graduates are not going to be the same caliber of GA Tech and Emory as a whole. Plus most "millennials" are not going to be as excited about moving to Cobb as they would the city.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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They are probably looking to tap into younger / "millennial" graduates and KSU graduates are not going to be the same caliber of GA Tech and Emory as a whole. Plus most "millennials" are not going to be as excited about moving to Cobb as they would the city.
Who said the only college graduates in Cobb went to KSU, not that there's anything wrong with KSU in the first place? I didn't, and quite honestly, I don't know too many people who did. Most people I know in the area went to GA Tech, UGA or larger out-of-state schools, both public and private.

For that matter, you'd be hard pressed to find a location anywhere in the area that is both safe and affordable (also important to new college graduates) that is as convenient to GA Tech as this area is. 10-15 minute drive, depending on where you are. Atlanta Road -> Marietta Blvd -> Chattahoochee Ave -> Howell Mill -> 10th St. -> Boom, you're there, in less time than it would take to wait for a MARTA bus in most parts of town.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, and Raleigh
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Who said the only college graduates in Cobb went to KSU, not that there's anything wrong with KSU in the first place? I didn't, and quite honestly, I don't know too many people who did. Most people I know in the area went to GA Tech, UGA or larger out-of-state schools, both public and private.

For that matter, you'd be hard pressed to find a location anywhere in the area that is both safe and affordable (also important to new college graduates) that is as convenient to GA Tech as this area is. 10-15 minute drive, depending on where you are. Atlanta Road -> Marietta Blvd -> Chattahoochee Ave -> Howell Mill -> 10th St. -> Boom, you're there, in less time than it would take to wait for a MARTA bus in most parts of town.
Yet the same couldn't be said if it was already connected to the heavy rail infrastructure. The Cumberland CID/edge city and Cobb County are clearly running out of ideas to revamp and sustain the district without direct access to HRT like the other edge cities are in the region. It's becoming more and more obvious with time and especially so after the Braves begin playing at SunTrust Park.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, and Raleigh
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This whole situation is what happens when you decide to finance one private entity then other private entities start requiring the same treatment. This is exactly why you don't do something you know you cannot afford to do for all. Preferential treatment always is a slippery slope that people don't want to acknowledge its failure of in the long run...
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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Yet the same couldn't be said if it was already connected to the heavy rail infrastructure. The Cumberland CID/edge city and Cobb County are clearly running out of ideas to revamp and sustain the district without direct access to HRT like the other edge cities are in the region. It's becoming more and more obvious with time and especially so after the Braves begin playing at SunTrust Park.
Oh, no doubt that some sort of transit is needed, and yes, I'd prefer rail. I do believe it will happen, and hopefully sooner rather than later.
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:43 AM
 
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"Home Depot wants Cobb Co. to give company $200 million"

At a time when TANF, education, etc., are all still being cut, it would be an absolute disgrace for Cobb County to give Home Depot all this wealthfare.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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I don't think Invest Atlanta needs to throw them any special amounts of money (besides maybe help them with financing that is available to all). But Home Depot may be interested in avoiding Braves / Cobb traffic and being closer to smart University graduates, transit, and the airport.
from my vantage point Home Depot loves GA Tech students
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