David Connell, president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, announced that he will retire at the end of 2017. A hallmark of his 15-year involvement with the organization has been the creation and retention of more than 23,000 jobs.
Under Connell’s watch the Cobb Chamber played a substantial role in major economic development projects, including SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta (see related story, “Economic Homeruns,” in the May issue of Georgia Trend), the Atlanta United Football Club Training Facility, The Home Depot Marietta Tech Center and the Genuine Parts headquarters. His leadership contributed to the Cobb Chamber’s 5-Star Accreditation, awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This accreditation elevates the Cobb Chamber into the top 1 percent of the nation’s chamber organizations and is the highest achievement awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Photo: David Connell, contributed by Cobb Chamber