The inaugural Cumberland Community Meeting benefiting One Cumberland will happen on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the TK Elevator Tower from 7 – 9:30 a.m. The event will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Cumberland CID and the launch of One Cumberland, Cumberland’s first community 501(c)(3) designed to bolster the work of the Cumberland CID.
The Cumberland Community Meeting will present an exciting program featuring keynote speaker Mike Plant, President and CEO of the Atlanta Braves Development Company, who will give an update on the Atlanta Braves and the developments within The Battery Atlanta. Two expert panels will focus on Cumberland’s smart growth and the area’s thriving arts, culture, and recreational scene. Attendees also will be treated to a special performance from the Atlanta Opera, now based in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
“The first-ever Cumberland Community Meeting will showcase our vibrant community and the many unique assets that make Cumberland an ideal place for people to live, work and visit, while also providing valuable networking opportunities for our attendees,” said Kim Menefee, Executive Director – Cumberland CID and One Cumberland. “We are also excited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Cumberland CID, the state’s first CID, and are looking toward the future with the addition of One Cumberland and its mission to broaden the reach, funding, and impact of the CID. Together we will continue to prosper through diverse growth.”
Following breakfast and networking at 7 a.m., experts from across Cumberland’s diverse business and cultural communities will speak. Panel one, Where Smart Growth Comes Naturally, will highlight the growth of Cumberland’s economy and area business and investment opportunities. The panel also will delve into the area’s cultural and demographic shifts and explore the amenities available to tenants, residents, and visitors. Speakers include:
- Rob Garcia, Regional President – Pinnacle Financial Partners;
- Nancy Juneau, CEO – Juneau Construction Company;
- Chad Koenig, Executive Director, Tenant Representation – Occupier Services, Cushman Wakefield;
- Chris McCoy, General Manager, Cumberland Mall – Brookfield Properties; and
- Matt Teague, Development Director – Walton Communities
Panel two, The Rise of a Vibrant Community, will showcase the Cumberland area’s thriving arts and culture scene along with its ample outdoor recreation opportunities. Speakers include:
- Kim Menefee, Executive Director – Cumberland CID and One Cumberland;
- Ann Honious, Superintendent, CRNRA – National Park Service;
- Jon Ingram, Director of Corporate Relations – Woodruff Arts Center;
- Holly Quinlan, President & CEO – Cobb Travel and Tourism; and
- Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director – Atlanta Opera
Gold sponsors for the Cumberland Community Meeting include The Atlanta Braves Development Company, Comcast, Cushman & Wakefield, Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP, Gas South, JE Dunn Construction, Pennant Park/Rubenstein Partners, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Piedmont Office Realty Trust, TK Elevator, and Walton Communities. More than 30 companies are sponsoring the event.
About Cumberland CID
The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID), Georgia’s first CID, is one of the nation’s premier models of public-private collaboration. More than 190 Commercial property owners pay additional property taxes, and the CID leverages these funds to advance key projects for increased access, better connectivity, and a more vibrant character throughout the Cumberland area. Each year, the CID creates more value for the community by initiating and leading enhancements to make Cumberland a more attractive place to operate a business, to work, and to live. Today, Cumberland has a $23.6 billion annual impact on Georgia’s economy. Cumberland is home to leading companies including The Home Depot, Papa Johns, TKE, Comcast, Genuine Parts Company, and more.
About One Cumberland
One Cumberland is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID) designed to bolster the CID’s work and enhancement of projects by broadening its reach, funding, and impact. The mission of One Cumberland is to protect and conserve the natural resources of Cumberland and establish the district as a vibrant, diverse community through the enrichment of cultural amenities, quality of life, improved access, and environmental stewardship.
Jamie Donaldson, on behalf of Cumberland CID
Director of Public & Government Affairs