Jerica's Vision for Cobb County

Together, we are

Connecting Cobb

Today, we have the opportunity to determine the Cobb County of the future. If we are to win against our challenges and become a leader in Metro-Atlanta, we must overcome the division in our infrastructure, transit, and politics. Our future depends on Connecting Cobb.


Pillars of

Connecting Cobb



Empowerment

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Corporate Responsibility

Building a strong relationship between our commerce sector and our community will result in investments that help stimulate our local economy and improve our quality of living.

Community Involvement & Planning

Building strong relationships between our community and our planning activities will result in tempered and welcomed growth.

Civil Liberties

Our county can take the lead on expanding protection of diverse groups and set the tone of progress by increasing awareness.

Grant Funding

Grants can assist with the short term investment projects that we have steered by our government and our communities allowing tax revenues to go towards long term maintenance expenses.


Live.Work.Play

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#OneCobb

When our government works together, we make better decisions. #OneCobb is about creating and following through on a vision for Cobb County as it relates to Metro Atlanta. Now is the time to lead.

3Ps of Public Service

The tone of public safety is set with the commissioners. The "3 Ps of Public Safety" agenda is about serving and protecting our quality of life by reinforcing a sense of community.

Improving Mobility Options

Mobility is more than getting from point A to point B. It's how we gain access to opportunities. It's time to think about transit in terms of mobility and expand our options.

Zoning & Economic Development

Zoning decisions are important because of their collective impact on property taxes, community safety, economic growth, and tourism. Growing the tax base begins with following zoning guidelines that will yield economic development and equity.


Innovation

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Municipal Places, Innovation Spaces

Government buildings are important pieces of infrastructure that serve the community. This initiative is about transforming our government buildings with state of the art technology, and retooling libraries to foster economic development by incubating ideas and companies.

The Last Mile of Environmentalism

Our pipes, air, and land all play pivotal roles in our health and quality of life. Last Mile of Environmentalism is about making a commitment to sustainability and empowering the community with information about their environment.

Non-Profit Partnerships

The Cobb 2040 plan has a series of goals outlined with regards to each area of service. This section is about how county services can be creatively and responsibly enhanced by effectively partnering with non profits and social programs.

Fiscal Responsibility

The philosophy of any budget should be that it is balanced and sufficient. This section is about unique ways we can restructure our budget, and create a fiscally sustainable model that accommodates growth.

Together, we are

Connecting Cobb

Today, we have the opportunity to determine the Cobb County of the future. If we are to win against our challenges and become a leader in Metro-Atlanta, we must overcome the division in our infrastructure, transit, and politics. Our future depends on Connecting Cobb.

Pillars of

Connecting Cobb

Today's Issues

My Stances


Issue
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Sterigenics
I am a staunch 'closed until further notice' with our next steps being that we are proactive when it comes to our environment. We owe it to the community, both residential and commercial stakeholders to be comprehensive in our standards, and we hold groups accountable for any harms. High hazard designations should be clearly defined, reporting should be transparent and accuracy should be incentivized.

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East Cobb Cityhood
When it comes to the current plan and agenda, my stance on this is issue is a solid 'No to East Cobb Cityhood'. While, cities can be the foundation of an identity, and a means by which economic growth can be expanded and fostered, they can also be a political tool to decrease the impact of changing demographics. Given that certain criteria are met, I am more than willing to entertain the creation of a new city.

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COVID Recovery Framework
The problem we face in overcoming this crisis is a human and health problem. A vaccine will not make this virus nor disease disappear, but rather a full eradication of this virus and it's subsequent community spread. Our county and our nation must adopt a structured testing, quarantining, and monitoring protocol that is consistently applied across communities. The primary issue we face is a logistical one putting the counties on call to provide resources and data to show evidence of progress.

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The Role of a

County Commissioner

The scope of the commissioner job is broad, and many of the issues we face fall squarely under the responsibility of the county commissioner role.

Primary Activities

Constituent Services Office Hours

Contact your county commissioner, for any reason, to be directed to services that may be of benefit. County commissioners can also serve as a representative on your behalf to other governing agencies.

Appoint a County Manager

County commissioners are responsible for hiring the county manager. The county manager is responsible for the management of the county services and its associated departments.

Produce and Educate on the Budget

The budget is comprised of nearly $500M and is coordinated between many departments. They also have the responsibility of socializing it within their respective communities to gain input.

Conduct Work Sessions & Make Declarations for Community Outreach

County commissioners can commission a study, coordinate planning sessions with a department, must participate and hold public meetings, and create public declarations for special days, events, people, or awards.

Vote on Tax & Budgetary Measures

County commissioners are responsible for voting on the budget, budgetary measures, designing tax districts (in conjunction with legislators), and other items.

Appoint Members to Boards

There are many departments in Cobb County government that have appointed leadership. These appointees reflect the values of their appointers and are responsible for making decisions regarding the direction or administration of services associated with the respective department.



Items in the Budget/Impact Opportunities

Land Use

How do we use the land available to us? (apportionment of transit, housing, public works)

Housing

Prediction and implementation of future housing needs.

Community Facilities

Improving and expanding the footprint of parks and recreational areas, access to water, libraries, solid waste management, and internal technologies

Human Services

Senior Services, Education (Coordination), Public Health

Natural & Historic Resources

Preservation of greenspace and historical landmarks

Public Safety

Public safety inter-governmental coordination, training, investment, crime prevention, and community services.

Disaster Resilience

Ensuring emergency preparedness, risk management, infrastructure analysis, and funding

Military Compatibility

The management of surrounding lands allotted for military use (Dobbins AFB) and the impact on the surrounding environment. The coordination of land use with the federal government.

Intergovernmental Coordination

Collaboration with city governments, state government, federal government, and local school boards in order to enact long term or emergency policies and initiatives.

Urban Design

City planning, coordination, adminstration of services, and density.

Economic Development

Redevelopment, revitalization, incentives, travel & tourism, international economic affairs, and job opportunities.

Transportation

Transit options, vehicular options, freight, connectivity, and funding.




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