Cobb County Government

The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority, redefined by act of the Georgia General Assembly in 2011 (Ga.L. 2011, p. 4089), is the successor body to the South Cobb Development Authority, originally created by legislative enactment in 1982 (Ga. L. 1982, p. 3772). The Redevelopment Authority is charged with the “revitalization and redevelopment” of the South Cobb area and is composed of seven members, four of whom are appointed by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners and three of whom are appointed by the Cobb County delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.

 

 

What is SCRA?

In 2011, the passage of Georgia Senate Bill 266 reactivated the previously defunct South Cobb Redevelopment Authority (SCRA). The body has been renamed the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority and has been given powers that will have a wide-ranging impact on the revitalization, redevelopment and economic vitality of the area that it serves. The SCRA has the authority to issue bonds to assist in financing infrastructure improvements that will foster economic growth and vitality in South Cobb. Additionally, the SCRA will be the holder of any properties acquired and subsequently held in a land bank within its jurisdiction. The SCRA will then have the liberty to market properties held in the land bank to real estate developers for redevelopment opportunities. The SCRA Board consists of seven members. Four members are appointed by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners and will serve four-year terms.

The remaining three members are appointed by representatives of the Cobb County Delegation to the Georgia General Assembly whose districts are entirely or in-part located in the SCRA’s physical jurisdiction, and will serve four-year terms (except the initial three Delegation appointees, who will serve one, two and three-year terms, respectively).

Focal Points

The keys to the ultimate success of the South Cobb Implementation Strategy lies in three particular areas within South Cobb that, when redeveloped, will drive revitalization and reinvestment throughout all of South Cobb. The Six FlagsMableton and River Line areas have each been individually targeted by Cobb County for revitalization, which has resulted in a significant contribution of staff time and financial resources to efforts in each of the respective areas. Additionally, each area has been awarded study funding through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC’s) Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program and, in particular, Mableton has been included in ARC’s Lifelong Communities program, which focuses on senior citizens and the features a community needs for them to live and function comfortably and independently.

 

 

The Board

Doug Stoner

Chairman

Doug StonerDoug Stoner is a life long resident of South Cobb, graduating from Campbell High School and earning a B.S. of Political Science and Government from Kennesaw State University. As a multi generation Cobb County business owner and resident, Doug was naturally drawn to civic service. He was first appointed to the Smyrna Downtown Development Authority in 1991 and continues to serve as the Vice Chairman of that authority. He was next appointed in 1995 to the Cobb Transit Board, which oversees and advises the Cobb Commission on Cobb Community Transit.

Darhyl Watkins

Vice-Chairman

Darhyl WatkinsDarhyl L. Watkins was appointed to the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority by the Board of Commissioners in 2011. He is a Management Consultant with over 25 years of experience in driving process efficiencies, organizational changes and operational growth. He has worked with such consulting firms as Ernst & Young, Oracle, Deloitte and KPMG. He has also been an active resident of West Cobb County for over 25 years. He has been active in activities ranging from youth athletics, community improvement planning and voter education.

Lorieal Green

Secretary

LorealGreenLorieal Green is a civic-minded REALTOR with a dedication to serving the community. She is a Director on the Executive Committee of both the Cobb Association of Realtors and the Atlanta Board of Realtors. Lorieal also serves on the Housing Advisory Council with the National Association of Realtors. She has been honored by REALTOR magazine as a “Top 30 Realtor Under 30” nationwide and has led her real estate office for two consecutive years in production. Lorieal often participates in panel discussions and speaking engagements related to real estate and women's issues.

Ed Richardson

Treasurer

Ed RichardsonEd currently serves as President of Richardson Management Group, LLC (RMG), an executive recruiting and staffing firm headquartered in Smyrna, GA. Prior to founding RMG, Ed served in various management and technical positions at The Home Depot, SciTek, Alltel, and Accenture. His 20+ years of experience span Information Technology, Retail, Telecommunications and Government Contracting environments.

Dale Kaetzel

Member
altPark President Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water

Dale Kaetzel is the park president of Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water. The entertainment veteran was appointed earlier this year after previously serving in the same role at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Northern California. At Six Flags Atlanta properties, Kaetzel is responsible for all park operations, strategic direction and general management duties.

Kwaku (KC) George

Member
Director, National Development Council

KC GeorgeKC George is a Director of the National Development Council (NDC), one of the nation’s oldest and most experienced not-for-profit corporations specializing in community and economic development financing and real estate development strategies. KC George provides his expertise through providing technical assistance to NDC’s clients ranging from municipalities, affordable and mixed income housing developers, nonprofit housing organizations, housing authorities and universities.

Herschel R. Tolson, Jr.

Member

TolsonHerschel R. Tolson, Jr. is the President/CEO of Premier Learning Academy (PLA) located in South Cobb.  PLA provides education to children from Infants to 12 years of age,  and has built a platform of developmental milestones.  One goal of PLA is to lay the foundation for children's future educational endeavors.  Prior to relocating to Georgia in 2011, Herschel was appointed and served as Deputy Director  of Contract Compliance for Cook County Government and Cook County Health and Hospital Systems in Chicago, IL for eight years.