Cobb County posted a reminder to the county website that applications for Hospitality & Tourism Workforce Employee Retention Grants are still open until December 8. If you have a business in that industry and the pandemic affect your ability to retain employees you might be eligible for up to $20,000.
Cobb Travel & Tourism (CT&T) has launched this grant program aimed at helping Cobb County’s hospitality and tourism industries retain employees, and has a pool of $2 million to draw from. The program will fund up to 100 organizations with grants that are capped at $20,000.
The program is funded through the county’s allotments of ARPA funds.
During the pandemic many businesses, including the hospitality and tourism industry suffered a loss of employees due to the economic impact of COViD.
Art organizations, live entertainment venues, tourist attractions, and craft beverage makers are all eligible for the funds for workforce recovery, recruitment and retention.
“We know the pandemic greatly impacted the hospitality and tourism industry, and we are still recovering today,” said Holly Quinlan, president & CEO of Cobb Travel & Tourism. “All of us at Cobb Travel & Tourism are honored to distribute funds to the organizations that call Cobb home and enhance the workforce in the hospitality and tourism industries.”
Applications will open on November 1, 2023.
According to the press release for the program:
“Examples of approved projects include training or development opportunities, recognition and reward programs, enhancements in technology or equipment, recruitment advertising costs, background checks, testing and onboarding costs, job fairs and networking and transportation assistance.
“CT&T received approval from the Cobb County Board of Commissioners in January 2023 to administer an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant of $2 million to support Cobb County’s hospitality and tourism industries. “CT&T received approval from the Cobb County Board of Commissioners in January 2023 to administer an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant of $2 million to support Cobb County’s hospitality and tourism industries.
“Cobb County was awarded approximately $147 million from ARPA to lessen the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cobb County is also providing funding in the categories of community health, support services, economic development, public safety, and county infrastructure.”
For more information about the progran visit TravelCobb.org/ARPA-Grant for more information.
About Cobb County
Cobb County is the third most populous county in Georgia, smaller only than Fulton and Gwinnett counties.
The governing authority is the five-member Cobb County Board of Commissioners, which includes a Chairperson and four district commissioners.
The current board is:
|District 1 Commissioner||Keli Gambrill|
|District 2 Commissioner||Jerica Richardson|
|District 3 Commissioner||JoAnn Birrell|
|District 4 Commissioner||Monique Sheffield|
The U.S. Census Bureau gives the following quick facts about the county:
|Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)||766,802|
|Population estimates base, April 1, 2020, (V2021)||766,149|
|Population, percent change – April 1, 2020 (estimates base) to July 1, 2021, (V2021)||0.1%|
|Population, Census, April 1, 2020||766149|
|Population, Census, April 1, 2010||688078|
|Age and Sex|
|Persons under 5 years, percent||5.6%|
|Persons under 18 years, percent||22.7%|
|Persons 65 years and over, percent||13.3%|
|Female persons, percent||51.3%|
|Race and Hispanic Origin|
|White alone, percent||61.7%|
|Black or African American alone, percent(a)||29.2%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)||0.5%|
|Asian alone, percent(a)||5.7%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)||0.1%|
|Two or More Races, percent||2.8%|
|Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)||13.7%|
|White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent||50.2%|
|Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-2020||15.6%|
|Housing units, July 1, 2021, (V2021)||311450|
|Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-2020||65.8%|
|Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020||$273,900|
|Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020||$1,672|
|Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020||$474|
|Median gross rent, 2016-2020||$1,264|
|Building permits, 2021||3247|
|Families & Living Arrangements|
|Persons per household, 2016-2020||2.63|
|Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-2020||84.6%|
|Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-2020||20.5%|
|Computer and Internet Use|
|Households with a computer, percent, 2016-2020||97.2%|
|Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-2020||93.3%|
|High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020||92.6%|
|Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020||48.4%|
|With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-2020||6.2%|
|Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent||13.8%|
|In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020||69.6%|
|In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020||64.3%|
|Total accommodation and food services sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)||2056579|
|Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)||5569500|
|Total transportation and warehousing receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)||1536858|
|Total retail sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)||18543691|
|Total retail sales per capita, 2017(c)||$24,615|
|Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-2020||31.2|
|Income & Poverty|
|Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020||$80,830|
|Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020||$41,480|
|Persons in poverty, percent||9.2%|
|Total employer establishments, 2020||21492|
|Total employment, 2020||358927|
|Total annual payroll, 2020 ($1,000)||21780372|
|Total employment, percent change, 2019-2020||-0.3%|
|Total nonemployer establishments, 2019||86497|
|All employer firms, Reference year 2017||17066|
|Men-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||10386|
|Women-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||3537|
|Minority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||3058|
|Nonminority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||12177|
|Veteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||1204|
|Nonveteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||13909|
|Population per square mile, 2020||2254.8|
|Population per square mile, 2010||2026.4|
|Land area in square miles, 2020||339.78|
|Land area in square miles, 2010||339.55|