The following post was written by Brooks Mathis, the Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Cobb Chamber of Commerce.
Job creation starts with an idea and a dream. With many native Atlanta companies calling Cobb home, such as The Home Depot and Elf on a Shelf, we have seen many of those dreams come to life in our community, creating thousands of jobs along the way. We know the value of providing essential resources and support for our businesses so that those ideas can grow to become major economic drivers for our community. That is why we have spent hundreds of hours over the last few years studying the best practices for incubators and accelerators all across the country. After reviewing countless models, we are so pleased the Kennesaw State University and Cobb’s Competitive EDGE have partnered to create IgniteHQ.
IgniteHQ will be a crucial component of our business recruitment and retention efforts in Cobb County. As technology and innovation continue to shape the future of Metro Atlanta, it is essential that we create an affordable, energetic, and collaborative environment that inspires our entrepreneurs and innovators. IgniteHQ is where the academic resources of Kennesaw State and the business acumen of Cobb EDGE converge to give entrepreneurs everything they need to shape their ideas and bring them to market.
The greatest advantage of IgniteHQ is the community it calls home—one that is dedicated to the success of its own. It is through innovative and strategic community partnerships that pull people together and move Cobb forward, often dubbed “the Cobb way”, that we can help these businesses thrive and expand—and keep them here in Cobb. Our EDGE investors intend for IgniteHQ to be the heartbeat of Cobb’s entrepreneurship.
More than 80% of our projects and job announcements come from existing industries, which is why it is imperative that we create a space for businesses to be born, to develop, and to grow over time. In conjunction with the Cobb Workforce Partnership, we can provide the resources and the talent that our companies are looking for right here at home.