ATLANTA – The Cobb County Recreation Board has appointed attorney Joseph B. Atkins to the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority. Atkins fills the unexpired term of Johnny Gresham, who passed away earlier this year.

Atkins is Of Counsel at Downey & Cleveland where he represents governments, businesses, and individuals in matters involving land use, zoning, wireless telecommunications, permitting, stormwater, infrastructure construction and maintenance, voting rights, redistricting, governmental ethics, insurance, personal injury, premises liability, and property damage litigation. Atkins previously practiced 13 years in the Cobb County Attorney’s Office, where he was both a Deputy and an Interim County Attorney.

His community involvement includes serving on the Cobb County Board of Ethics, Boy Scout Troop 713 at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church (Troop Committee and former Scoutmaster), Rotary Club of Marietta, Marietta Reads and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

About the Authority
The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority owns and operates the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, ArtsBridge Foundation and Galleria Specialty Shops and is governed by seven members, appointed to seven posts. The Authority is a body corporate and politic created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1980 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing and maintaining facilities for the general purpose of promoting cultural growth, education and welfare.

About Cobb Galleria Centre
The Cobb Galleria Centre is located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta. Cobb Galleria Centre is Atlanta’s premier convention facility with 320,000 square feet of event space, four exhibition halls, 20 meeting rooms, four executive boardrooms and a grand ballroom. Cobb Galleria Centre had more than 347,000 visitors to 417 events in 2019, resulting in an overall economic impact of $145 million. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbGalleria and on Instagram at

About Cobb Energy Centre
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational shows, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts two resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet and The Atlanta Opera.  The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-square-foot Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom and full-service food and beverage capabilities.  For more information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbEnergyPAC and on Instagram at

About ArtsBridge Foundation
ArtsBridge Foundation is dedicated to providing quality arts education and community engagement programs that engage, motivate, inspire, and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters. ArtsBridge forms connections with students in grades K-12 by providing arts education opportunities through field trip programs to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, master class workshops, artists-in-schools, and the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards. Since its inception in 2007, ArtsBridge has served more than 380,000 students and educators from 67 Georgia counties, plus students from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter at @ArtsbridgeGA, on Facebook at and on Instagram at

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