Don’t overlook volunteerism in Cobb ‘blight fight’
July 15, 2014 01:18 AM | 1537 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print

This letter is in response to the article published on June 15, 2014 titled “Blight Be Gone: BoC plans to form authority to tackle issues in South Cobb.”

As a resident and community volunteer in the area for almost a decade, I am delighted that local politicians and business developers are joining forces to help eliminate some of these challenges. Their proposals of an urban development authority and a “special” Six Flags district will bring much needed attention and resources to a struggling region.

I am disappointed, however, that grassroots efforts to improve the area were not mentioned in the article. Long before Chairman Tim Lee and others bonded together to address this issue, nonprofit and volunteer organizations were committed to this very cause and purpose. Organizations such as STING, Inc., Austell Community Taskforce and Austell Opportunity Zone were busy using what little influence and resources they could muster up to empower residents through education, job fairs and community involvement events.

These groups, through their actions and mission, believe south Cobb residents hold many of the “keys” to improving the area. Residents who strive for better schools for children, advanced skills and training for themselves and jobs with decent to above average earnings will be crucial to the success of any redevelopment plan. The inclusion of south Cobb residents in efforts to revitalize the region should be an integral part of the Chairman’s proposal.

Ridding the south Cobb region of many problems is worthy of a “Blight Be Gone” news event. However, overlooking south Cobb’s volunteer organizations and the plight of many of its residents will someday lead to a new heading called “Blight Be Here to Stay.”

Monica DeLancy

Six Flags Drive Resident

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