City of Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling
I had the opportunity to meet City of Kennesaw Mayor, Derek Easterling, at the 2016 Cobb County Library Foundation Gala. The mayor began his current term in January of 2016. And it was immediately clear he brings an authentic, obvious passion about his city, and the growth it is experiencing both economically and in population.
Kennesaw has been recognized for numerous awards including:
- Personal finance website WalletHub which produces research reports and surveys ranking “best” and “worst” on varying topics, ranked the nation’s best small cities (the 1,268 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000) across five key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economic Health, 3) Education & Health, 4) Quality of Life and 5) Safety. Then overall scores were calculated based on the weighted average of 30 relevant metrics. Cities were grouped in percentiles, so a 90th percentile represents the top 10% percent of small cities in America. Kennesaw ranked in the 91st percentile and was the highest ranked small city in Georgia!
Derek talked about the variety of developments and improvements around the city that make it such a desirable place to locate a business and to live, as well as partnerships they are looking to forge to continue and indeed, accelerate the city’s progress.