Sponsor the Cumberland Community Meeting - March 2nd

Year: 2020

New Bikeshare Programs Launch in Cumberland and Town Center

 

The Cumberland and Town Center Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) are excited to announce new bikeshare programs in partnership with Tandem Mobility. The CIDs’ previous bikeshare provider shuttered operations in May (see earlier releases from Cumberland and Town Center). The relaunch with Tandem Mobility will serve as a one-year pilot program while the CIDs explore a regional bikeshare program with additional community partners.

“With the CIDs’ investments in our urban trail network, the region has evolved into a hub of greenway and regional trail connections that attracts walkers, joggers, cyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts.” said Kim Menefee. “Our bikeshares help make our communities more attractive, more accessible, and more connected. Whether you are heading to a Braves’ game or taking a beautiful ride in Town Center, our bikeshares connect you to the best of what Cobb County has to offer. “

“Our vision of a regional system would take these programs to the next level,” said Tracy Rathbone Styf, executive director of the Town Center CID. “This collaboration between the Cumberland and Town Center CIDs sets the stage for a more connected Cobb County in the future. Through our membership numbers, we’ve seen that thousands of users want to ride and ride further, and now they can. We could not be more thrilled to launch our new system and offer this amenity once again.”

Tandem Mobility offers technology that improves the user experience for renters. Bikeshare members can rent and return a bike from either program’s stations. The previous system allowed riders to rent and return bikes to only one program’s stations. Now, riders can use the programs interchangeably, with access to 80 bikes at 12 stations. Users of the new program will be able to ride for free for the first hour. After that, it will be $3 per hour with a $24 per day maximum.

The Cumberland and Town Center CIDs took a creative approach for the ribbon cutting of the new program. The relaunch took place as a YouTube premier showing both CIDs’ executive directors celebrating the long-awaited return of the program.

The Town Center Community Alliance (Alliance), the Town Center CID’s nonprofit partner, will manage the Town Center Bikeshare Program. The Alliance leverages the work of the CIDs, Cobb County, and other partners who have invested in a regional trail network to engage community members.

The Cumberland and Town Center CIDs look forward to releasing more announcements in the future regarding Cobb’s bikeshare programs. To find out more about station locations, visit Cumberland (https://www.tandem-mobility.com/cumberland) and Town Center’s bikeshare page (https://www.tandem-mobility.com/town-center). To rent a bike, download the Movatic app on your smartphone and follow the registration guide.

About Cumberland CID
The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID), Georgia’s first CID, is a premier model public-private partnership in the country. Over 190 Commercial property owners pay an additional property tax and the CID leverages these funds to advance key projects for increased access, connectivity, and character throughout the Cumberland area. Each year, the CID creates more value for investors by initiating and leading the enhancements that make Cumberland a more attractive place to operate a business, to work, and to live. Cumberland is home to Fortune 500 companies like The Home Depot, HD Supply, Comcast, Genuine Parts Company and more.

About Town Center CID
Founded in 1997, the Town CID is dedicated to the betterment of the Town Center area through transportation infrastructure, safety improvements, beautification and other projects that enhance property value by increasing interest and investment in the community. The Town Center CID utilizes funds from voluntary commercial real estate taxes to implement its projects. For more information, please visit www.towncentercid.com.

About the Town Center Community Alliance
Established by the Town Center CID in 2015, the Town Center Community Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to shaping the future of Town Center by supporting and funding beautification, greenspace and other quality of life initiatives that help foster a sense of place within the district. The Alliance’s vision is a vibrant, creative Town Center community with enhanced public places, preserved green spaces and collaborative economic development.

About Tandem Mobility
Tandem Mobility was born out of a desire to help develop and manage complete mobility solutions with their community partners. They focus on aligning people, tech, and data around their partners’ community’s goals–not the other way around. By partnering with premium providers in the industry, they are able to deliver a turnkey solution that allows their partners to focus on improving mobility programming while they seamlessly execute on the details.

A Conversation with Walt Ray on the Chattahoochee RiverLands Study

Q&A with Commissioner Bob Ott 

 

 

Commissioner Bob Ott talks about his tenure in office and the changes Cumberland has seen over the years.

John Shern on Cobb County SPLOST

 

Q&A with Cobb Chamber COO & Executive Director of SelectCobb Dana Johnson

 

Watch Cobb Chamber COO & Executive Director of SelectCobb talks about the workforce and business climate in the Cumberland region.

Paces Mill/Palisades Unit Project Moves Forward with Approval from NPS

 

(CUMBERLAND)- The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID) has reached a key milestone in their plans to help rehabilitate the Paces Mill/Palisades Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) by receiving project approval from the National Park Service. The Paces Mill/Palisades Unit project represents a collaborative effort of the National Park Service/CRNRA and the Cumberland CID. Built in the 1970s, the park unit is a popular destination for people participating in recreational boating, fishing, picnicking, jogging, biking and walking activities. The facility is currently the trailhead for the Bob Callan Trail.

The total $11 million renovation will feature the following at the Paces Mill/Palisades Unit:

  • A more national park-like visitor experience that realigns the entrance road and repositions the central open meadow and the main parking area.
  • Improved vehicular circulation at both boat ramps allowing cars and trucks with boat trailers to circulate more easily.
  • Increased river access with new river-viewing platforms and a wide set of river steps.
  • An enhanced and expanded picnic area.
  • Upgrades to the existing trail system to minimize conflicts with vehicular traffic inside the park.
  • A series of bioswales to filter stormwater runoff before it enters the river.
  • A new, expanded visitor contact station.

“We are proud to have 840 acres of national park land within the Cumberland CID boundary,” said Kim Menefee, Executive Director for the Cumberland CID. “The CRNRA is the lifeblood of the community, connecting us to our natural environment, our culture, and our way of life. This unique partnership with the National Park Service further positions the Cumberland community as a diverse place to live, work, and visit.”

“The Paces Mill/Palisades Unit renovation will enhance and improve the visitor experience, and we appreciate Cumberland CID being our partner to make it possible,” said Ann Honious, Acting Superintendent of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. “The Paces Mill/Palisades Unit hosts over 250,000 visitors a year connecting to 38 miles of multi-use trails and these renovations will enhance the unit as an entry point for visitors to enjoy the entire park.”

The next phase of the Paces Mill/Palisades Unit project is to select a design consultant and develop design plans by the end of the year.

About Cumberland CID

The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID), Georgia’s first CID, is a premier model public-private partnership in the country. Over 190 Commercial property owners pay an additional property tax and the CID leverages these funds to advance key projects for increased access, connectivity, and character throughout the Cumberland area. Each year, the CID creates more value for investors by initiating and leading the enhancements that make Cumberland a more attractive place to operate a business, to work, and to live. Cumberland is home to Fortune 500 companies like The Home Depot, HD Supply, Comcast, Genuine Parts Company, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schematic design of the Paces Mill/Palisades Park Unit.

Q&A with President & CEO of The Braves Development Company Mike Plant

Watch President and CEO of The Braves Development Company, Mike Plant, talk about the Braves’ move to Cumberland and the success they have had since moving.

The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID) launched a new website (cumberlandtrails.org) dedicated to the Cumberland Trail Network at the CID’s Board meeting on Thursday. The purpose of the website is to provide the public with information on where and how to access Cumberland’s trails.

Created with the user experience in mind, the site includes many features to help users quickly and easily find information about Cumberland’s trails.

The following features are included for each trail:

  • A custom Google map for navigation
  • A downloadable map to print for navigation
  • Mileage information
  • Parking information for each trail

“We are thrilled with the launch of the Cumberland Trails website,” said Kim Menefee, executive director of the Cumberland CID. “I hope everyone will use this site as a resource. Now, not only can residents and visitors better access our trails, but they also can explore and enjoy Cumberland’s natural wonders.”

Because of the Cumberland CID’s strategic investments in trails and connectivity, Cumberland has evolved into a hub of greenway and regional trail connections that attracts walkers, joggers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. This Cumberland Trails Network connects visitors and residents to Cumberland’s vibrant core area, including The Battery, Truist Park, Cobb Galleria Centre and more.

About Cumberland Trails

Cobb County’s largest commercial district serves as a hub for urban trails, with nearly 38 miles of trails for residents and visitors to explore and interact with Cumberland’s rich natural assets. The multifaceted trail network has many spokes that wind through Cumberland’s vibrant core area, joining eateries, shops, Truist Park, 840 acres of national parkland and more—with some trails connecting to the Silver Comet Trail and eventually to the Atlanta BeltLine.

About Cumberland CID

The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID), Georgia’s first CID, is a premier model public-private partnership in the country. Over 190 Commercial property owners pay an additional property tax and the CID leverages these funds to advance key projects for increased access, connectivity, and character throughout the Cumberland area. Each year, the CID creates more value for investors by initiating and leading the enhancements that make Cumberland a more attractive place to operate a business, to work, and to live. Cumberland is home to Fortune 500 companies like The Home Depot, HD Supply, Comcast, Genuine Parts Company and more.

How To Support Tourism In the Wake of COVID-19 – By Holly Quinlan

As the official destination marketing organization for Cobb County, Cobb Travel & Tourism works every day to bring visitors to our community. Tourism impacts Cobb in ways that are undeniable, and as the leading industry in Cobb County, tourism has significant economic impact. But in the wake of COVID-19, the hospitality and tourism industry in Cobb and across the world has felt the detrimental impact of the global pandemic.

Holly Qinnlan

As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times and work towards recovery, supporting the hospitality and tourism industry plays a critical role.

Although things are not “business as usual”, there are still ways to support the hospitality and tourism industry from the comfort of home, outdoors, or in small groups. We encourage you to back Cobb’s local tourism in all of the following ways:

Order Delivery, Get It To-Go, or Dine-In

Local, chef-driven restaurants have been some of the hardest hit in the wake of COVID-19. While many restaurants are beginning to reopen with social distancing guidelines, most restaurants are still offering customers the option to grab their food to-go or get it delivered. Several restaurants are offering family-sized meals, picnic-style meals, and special deals for customers that choose to dine with them in any way

Go Virtual

From performances and tours to galleries and classes hosted by local non-profit arts and heritage organizations, there are endless ways to experience Cobb’s attractions from the comfort of home. Arts and culture organizations from around the county have found ways to bring their unique offerings directly to residents and visitors. Whether you’re a dancer, painter, singer, or theater buff, there’s a virtual experience that’s waiting for you.

Explore the Outdoors

Cobb County is home to many parks, trails, and outdoor recreation areas. Walking, hiking, and biking are great ways to get out of the house and make use of Cobb’s trail systems. Parks are perfect for picnics, giving your dog a new place to run around, or letting the kids toss a ball around in a different place. 

Buy Ahead

Supporting from a distance can be just as impactful as supporting in person! Gift cards to restaurants and local shops are a great way to support small businesses now while still being able to use them later. Buy a membership or renew an expiring membership to your favorite museums, and visit when you feel comfortable. Make your reservations now for fun-filled attractions and experience the fun at a later time.

Cobb Travel & Tourism continues to actively monitor the ongoing news surrounding COVID-19. The safety and health of visitors, hospitality partners, and residents is a top priority. For the most up-to-date information on restaurant and attraction openings, be sure to reach out to the businesses directly. For more ideas of things to do while social distancing, visit travelcobb.org/blog.

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