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RTB Austell - A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

If you're looking to make an impression at your next celebration or event, few services take your gathering to the next level like Raising the Bar. At RTB, we mix superior service and delicious spirits with the finest bar rentals in Austell, GA. We pride ourselves on creating unique, delectable drinks backed by impeccable service to keep your event stress-free and streamlined, so you can focus on your role at the party while attendees have the time of their lives. our guests will not only be impressed by our high-quality craft cocktails - they'll be blown away by the entire process, from setting up to break down. Unlike some bar rental companies in Austell, we prioritize professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service.

Having served such brands as Ferrari and Delta, we know what it takes to turn a mediocre event into something special. Our team of bartenders have the experience to keep your guests happy and the flair to give them a memorable time, no matter what kind of function you're organizing. From summertime shindigs in the sun to corporate team building events, we've seen and done it all, and we're here to serve you as well.

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Here's a quick snapshot of what we can do for you:

Full-Service Packages

Full-Service Packages

we'll arrive early, set everything up, run your bar service, keep your guests entertained, and clean up after ourselves when we're done. We'll focus on your mobile bar service while your guests admire how awesome your event turned out.

Brand Activations

Brand Activations

Launch your product with branded bar setups or support your event with customizable drinks, satellite bars, and giveaways. We don't just handle the drinks; we keep the party flowing.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events

From exciting team-building exercises to formal affairs, we have worked on hundreds of corporate events in Austell. Regardless of the size of your corporate event, our team will handle all the details, from customized bars with company logos to a custom menu of craft cocktails.

Weddings

Weddings

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As such, your reception is one of the biggest parties you'll ever thlmb-row. It needs to be perfect, and it needs to be fun. We've got you covered on both fronts and then some. Contact our office today to learn more about how we keep your guest's glasses full and your bar rental beautiful.

Mobile Bar Rentals

Mobile Bar Rentals

If you're looking for the highest quality mobile bar rentals in Austell, look no further than RTB. We've built our business around bar rentals and have everything from sleek, modern bar tops to rustic-chic beer taps. Our team is here to offer guidance as you choose your bar rental. Once you do, we'll handle every detail - from set up and break down to staffing and drink service.

Bartenders

Bartenders

Already have your bar setup planned but still need bartender staffing in Austell, GA? Our bartenders are experts in their trade and will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to your upcoming event.

Why Choose Raising the Bar?

RTB was built on hard work and kindness. With more than a decade of experience in the private event business, we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the United States. We pride ourselves on excellence in every service we offer, from bar rental setup for weddings to large brand reveals and everything in between. RTB isn't just here to mix and serve drinks at your next party - we're here to offer guidance, advice, and expertise every step of the way. From suggestions on how much alcohol to have stocked at your party to trusted vendor referrals for your corporate event, we're here to help.

At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that our clients get the hard work and attention they deserve. When you choose Raising the Bar, know that we will do everything in our power to make you, your guests, and your event feel extra special. We are dedicated to giving every one of our clients a white glove experience, whether your purchase a full-service package or need an experienced bartender.

Bar Rentals in Austell, GA

The idea of thlmb-rowing a big party or get-together for your friends or co-workers is an exciting prospect. When it comes down to the logistics of your bar service, however, planning can become a nightmare. Thankfully, there's an easier, more efficient way to arrange for a stunning bar setup - bar rentals from Raising the Bar. When you hire RTB, you can rest easy knowing we have all the details covered.

We are proud to offer the most streamlined bar rental services in Austell. Our doesn't just arrive at your location and start slinging drinks.

Setting up your bar rental is important, of course, but we also handle all the requirements your bar may need:

  • Set Up Bar Rental
  • Handle Purchase Orders
  • Arrange for Alcohol Delivery
  • Ensure Bar is Stocked
  • Maintain Excellent Quality Control
  • Provide Fully Trained, Fun Bartenders
  • Provide Cash Control and Inventory Management
  • Custom Cocktail Creation
  • Provide a Fun, Memorable Bar Rental Experience
  • Collect Glassware After Event Ends
  • Break Down Bar and Clean Up After Event Ends
 Bartenders For Parties Austell, GA

Of course, what kind of mobile bar service would we be if we didn't provide the most innovative, tasty beverages for partygoers to enjoy? RTB stands tall above all other portable bar rentals in Georgia with custom-made cocktails to fit any themed event and even customized menus for your guests. Example events that are perfect for RTB bar rentals include sales meetings, real estate open houses, holiday staff parties, software release parties, team building mixology meetings, birthday parties, barbecues, and more.

At RTB, we earned our stripes by showing off what we can do in front of thousands of people. With our extensive experience, innovative cocktails, and top-notch bartenders, you can't go wrong with Raising the Bar.

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Benefits of Bar Rentals in Austell

We get feedback from our amazing clients every day, telling us how we helped make their event bigger and better than they thought possible. We're in the business of making your party or gathering unforgettable, but we also provide convenience and peace of mind for busy people planning events.

Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love our bar rentals in Austell:

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Our mobile bars can be personalized to match nearly any theme and any type of event. Need to have your company's logo on display? We can make that happen. Have a fun custom cocktail idea for your wedding day? Give us a shout - we'd love to hear what you're thinking. Unlike some of our competition, we encourage our customers to get creative with us. There are many options to make your bar rental stand out, from LED lighting coupled with a sleek, modern bar to luxurious displays with custom cocktail menus.

Less Stress

Less Stress

Planning a party can be a blast, that's for sure. But trying to handle event setup and logistics? Not so much. Setting up tables, chairs, and other items is time-consuming and frustrating. RTB eliminates this stress by arriving at your event location with everything ready to go - from your mobile bar setup to drink service and more. You've got more important things to worry about than whether the lemons are fully stocked at the bar. Let us take care of the "nitty-gritty" while you focus on enjoying your event.

Save Money

Save Money

Because RTB supplies you with everything you need for your bar rental service, most customers end up saving money in the long run when they work with us. Common costs that we can help alleviate for you include purchasing barstools, glasses, garnishes, mixers, sodas, and more. Additionally, our team sets everything up, breaks everything down, and cleans up after the party. This service also saves our customers money, who would otherwise need to make arrangements for storage as well as a clean-up crew at the end of the night.

Bartender Staffing in Austell, GA

At Raising the Bar, we understand how important it is to have a qualified, trustworthy team of bartenders at your event. From drink service to limiting alcohol consumption, you need to be able to rely on your bartender from the moment your event starts until it ends. We are proud to have skilled, fully insured bartenders who are ready and waiting to make an impression at your next big event. Unlike dull, run-of-the-mill bartenders, our team won't suck the life out of your party - we'll keep your guests entertained and their glasses full so that the good times keep rolling.

 Bar Rentals & Bartender Staffing Austell, GA

Curious what kind of events our bartenders can help cover?

Here are just a few of our specialties:
 Portable Bar Rental Austell, GA
Bartenders for Weddings in Austell

We will work with you to supply a professional bartender at your wedding, so you can say "I Do" without worrying about your drink service.

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Bartenders for Corporate Functions in Austell

RTB can provide bartenders for your upcoming company dinner, award ceremony, team building exercise, and more. Our bartenders will be dressed for the occasion and will provide service that is tailored to your occasion.

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Bartenders for Social Gatherings in Austell

Our enthusiastic, high-energy bartenders make a great addition to any party or social gathering, big or small.

 Mobile Bar Service Austell, GA
Bartenders for Private Events in Austell

Thlmb-rowing a private birthday bash? Perhaps you're thinking about a small celebration for your anniversary. Whatever the occasion, RTB will supply a hardworking, professional bartender for your private event.

Depending on the type of event you have in mind, our bartenders are also trained for more "out of the box" events as part of our signature service packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mixology Classes
  • Mixology Demonstrations
  • Beer and Wine Sommelier
  • Bourbon Master
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Build Your Own Mule Bar
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Concessions Services in Austell, GA

In addition to bar rentals in Austell, GA, Raising the Bar also offers a suite of concessions services for events in Georgia. RTB concessions were born out of the desire to provide a next-generation beverage experience. This service is tailored to brand sponsors who wish to provide consumers with an elevated cocktail experience in a large setting. Special events and festivals in Georgia are only glmb-rowing in popularity. Today, consumers attending these events expect a wider variety of drink choices. They crave a personalized experience, and Raising the Bar is the perfect partner to choose when executing such an event

For brand sponsors, having a partner that provides a memorable consumer experience is crucial for maximizing ROI. Our ability to work with all trade partners (venue owners, brand owners, and distributors) makes their sponsorship money work harder. With more than a decade of experience, a highly trained staff of bartenders, and customizable bar services, we stand tall as Austell's most trusted boutique concessions provider. Having worked with many large-scale festivals, sporting events, and corporate events, we are confident that our beverage program gives consumers an unrivaled experience. Equally important, we give brand sponsors a key source of income.

 Bartenders For Events Austell, GA

We're Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

Ready to learn more about how Raising the Bar can transform your boring party into a fun, exciting party?

Our team of experts is ready to help you get started. Contact our office in Austell today at 404-826-5945. Before you know it, you'll be sipping a craft cocktail next to a branded bar rental while your guests rave about your amazing event.

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Georgia Hospital Safety Grades 2022: The Best And Worst

Safety grades by the health care watchdog group Leapfrog for 2022 show 19 GA hospitals earned an A, while 4 got a D during the pandemic.GEORGIA — Nineteen hospitals in Georgia received top marks for patient safety, but others didn't quite measure up in the Spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades report released Tuesday by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit health care watchdog group.The 2022 ratings reflect care during the COVID-19 p...

Safety grades by the health care watchdog group Leapfrog for 2022 show 19 GA hospitals earned an A, while 4 got a D during the pandemic.

GEORGIA — Nineteen hospitals in Georgia received top marks for patient safety, but others didn't quite measure up in the Spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades report released Tuesday by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit health care watchdog group.

The 2022 ratings reflect care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leapfrog Group said its and other groups' research showed the pandemic reversed years of progress in patient safety.

The pandemic has had a negative effect on "health care delivery at every level and setting, from staffing shortages to increased infections to the very care patients receive," according to the Adult Patient Experience at Acute Care Hospitals survey, also released Tuesday by The Leapfrog Group.

"The health care workforce has faced unprecedented levels of pressure during the pandemic, and as a result, patients' experience with their care appears to have suffered," Leapfrog Group president and CEO Leah Binder said in a news release. "We commend the workforce for their heroic efforts these past few years and now strongly urge hospital leadership to recommit to improved care — from communication to responsiveness — and get back on track with patient safety outcomes."

In Georgia, 19 hospitals received an "A" grade, 24 hospitals received a "B" grade, 37 hospitals received a "C" grade and four hospitals received a "D" grade. No Georgia hospital received an "F" grade.

Here are the rankings, according to Leapfrog:

A

B

C

D

F

The letter grades assigned to nearly 3,000 U.S general hospitals were based on more than 30 measures of patient safety. Leapfrog says its hospital rating system is the only one in the country focusing solely on a hospital's ability to protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

Included in the 30 are five that research has shown to directly affect patient outcomes, but can be improved with greater communication between caregivers and patients — the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, infections from colon surgery, MRSA (Staphylococcus) blood laboratory-identified events, and facility-wide inpatient diarrhea events.

When there's communication about medications, for example, that can lead to fewer hospitalizations for conditions such as sepsis and blood clots, fewer complications, and decreases in the incidence of respiratory failure, Leapfrog said.

Among the findings:

To determine each hospital's grade, a panel of medical experts selected 30 evidence-based measures of patient safety such as postoperative sepsis, blood leakage and kidney injury. They then determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity for improvement and patient impact.

Data on each measure was collected through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Information from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, available to all hospitals to complete, also affects grades.

Currently, Leapfrog does not assign grades to military or Veterans Administration hospitals, critical access hospitals, specialty hospitals, children's hospitals or outpatient surgery centers.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

The full methodology for the 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is available online.

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RECRUITING: Iowa State to host four-star Georgia guard on an official visit next week

Mar 25, 2022; Chicago, IL, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach T.J. Otzelberger yells during the second half against the Miami Hurricanes in the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY SportsIowa State will reportedly host one of its priority targets for the 2023 recruiting cycle on an official visit next week.Four-star guard Jelani Hamilton is expected to visit Ames on June 20, according to Endle...

Mar 25, 2022; Chicago, IL, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach T.J. Otzelberger yells during the second half against the Miami Hurricanes in the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State will reportedly host one of its priority targets for the 2023 recruiting cycle on an official visit next week.

Four-star guard Jelani Hamilton is expected to visit Ames on June 20, according to Endless Motor Sports. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound Georgian will be one of the staff’s top targets throughout the upcoming AAU recruiting cycles next month.

Hamilton, an Austell, Ga. native, is considered the No. 101 player in the class by the 247Composite along with being the No. 15 shooting guard in this cycle and No. 7 player in Georgia.

He already has a solid offer list in addition to the Cyclones with Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Illinois, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Xavier all having extended scholarship offers at this point.

Iowa State is the most recent school to offer the Cumberland Christian Academy product.

The 2023 recruiting cycle is sure to be a busy one for T.J. Otzelberger and his staff with only four scholarship players currently guaranteed to return for the 2023-24 season while several others on this year’s roster will have the option to return for COVID years.

Hamilton will certainly be one for Iowa State fans to follow in the coming weeks as the Cyclones narrow down a list of priorities that also includes five-star power forward Omaha Billiew and four-star forward Milan Momcilovic.

Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

Atlanta Braves announce additional stops of World Champions Trophy Tour Presented by Truist

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves have announced additional stops of the World Champions Trophy Tour Presented by Truist.The tour will travel throughout Braves Country through summer 2022 with a total of 151 stops, commemorating 151 years of Braves baseball. Stops will include the opportunity for fans to take photos with the trophy, as well as programming by the Braves entertainment teams, alumni, and more at select locations.Confirmed tour stops include:DateLocationStart TimeJune 17: Truist Bank &n...

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves have announced additional stops of the World Champions Trophy Tour Presented by Truist.

The tour will travel throughout Braves Country through summer 2022 with a total of 151 stops, commemorating 151 years of Braves baseball. Stops will include the opportunity for fans to take photos with the trophy, as well as programming by the Braves entertainment teams, alumni, and more at select locations.

Confirmed tour stops include:

Date

Location

Start Time

June 17: Truist Bank – Dallas, Ga. Noon

June 18: Bluesberry & Beer Festival – Norcross, Ga. 5 p.m.

June 22: Florence Lauderdale Coliseum – Florence, Ala. 4 p.m.

July 1: South Cobb T-Mobile – Austell, Ga. TBA

July 5: Riverdale Road T-Mobile – Riverdale, Ga. TBA

July 8: Food Truck Friday at Town Center Park – Suwanee, Ga. 5:30 p.m.

July 9: Winward Parkway T-Mobile – Alpharetta, Ga. TBA

July 10: Barrett Parkway T-Mobile – Marietta, Ga. TBA

July 13: Casino Theater at Neptune Park – St. Simons Island, Ga. 11 a.m.

July 14: Mary Ross Waterfront Park – Brunswick, Ga. 5 p.m.

July 16: Georgia Beer Company – Valdosta 11 a.m.

July 21: Tift County Recreation Department – Tifton, Ga. 4 p.m.

July 23: The Ritz Amphitheater – Thomasville, Ga. 11:30 p.m.

July 26*: Choccolocco Park – Oxford, Ala. TBA

July 27: Anderson University Softball Complex – Anderson, S.C. 4 p.m.

July 31: Hilton Head Island Recreation Center – Hilton Head, S.C. 1 p.m.

August 10: I-285 & Lavista T-Mobile – Tucker, Ga. TBA

* Venue ticket required for entry

Additional tour stops will be announced at a later date. Visit www.Braves.com/TrophyTour for additional details for each stop and register to be a Braves Insider to receive communications about stops near you.

About Atlanta Braves

Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves are the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Since 1991, Braves teams have earned two National League wild cards, 19 division championships, six National League pennants, and two World Series titles. Atlanta Braves games are telecast on Bally Sports South and Bally Sports Southeast. Radio broadcasts can be heard in Atlanta on 680 The Fan (AM), Rock 100.5 (FM) and regionally on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. Follow the Braves at braves.com, facebook.com/braves, and twitter.com/braves.

About Truist

Truist Financial Corporation is a purpose-driven financial services company committed to inspiring and building better lives and communities. Truist has leading market share in many high-growth markets in the country. The company offers a wide range of services including retail, small business and commercial banking; asset management; capital markets; commercial real estate; corporate and institutional banking; insurance; mortgage; payments; specialized lending; and wealth management. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Truist is a top 10 U.S. commercial bank with total assets of $544 billion as of March 31, 2022. Truist Bank, Member FDIC. Learn more at Truist.com.

New Member Benefits Announced This Summer for AARP Members

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- AARP members can take advantage of several benefits now available from new and existing providers. The wide-ranging list of benefits include savings and an enhanced offer from AARP® Real Estate Benefits from Realogy, and five new providers: Freshly, AARP® Moving Services powered by Shyft, Schlotzsky's, McAlister's Deli, and AARP Online Fitness powered by LIFT session."We are continuously looking for opportunities to expand benefits for AARP members and we are eager to share the ne...

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- AARP members can take advantage of several benefits now available from new and existing providers. The wide-ranging list of benefits include savings and an enhanced offer from AARP® Real Estate Benefits from Realogy, and five new providers: Freshly, AARP® Moving Services powered by Shyft, Schlotzsky's, McAlister's Deli, and AARP Online Fitness powered by LIFT session.

"We are continuously looking for opportunities to expand benefits for AARP members and we are eager to share the new ways members can save this summer," said John Larew, AARP Services President and CEO. "From access to trusted real estate agents, to weekly meal plan subscriptions, to moving services, these benefits touch on categories that are important to AARP members and their needs."

For more information about the benefits AARP members have access to, visit aarp.org/viewbenefits. AARP commercial member benefits are provided by third parties, not by AARP or its affiliates. AARP and its affiliates do not employ real estate agents and do not endorse the agents or brokerages made available by Realogy.

About Realogy Holdings Corp.

Realogy is moving the real estate industry to what's next. As the leading and most integrated provider of U.S. residential real estate services encompassing franchise, brokerage, relocation, and title and settlement businesses as well as a mortgage joint venture, Realogy supported approximately 1.5 million home transactions in 2021. The company's diverse brand portfolio includes some of the most recognized names in real estate: Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, and Sotheby's International Realty®. Using innovative technology, data and marketing products, high-quality lead generation programs, and best-in-class learning and support services, Realogy fuels the productivity of its approximately 196,700 independent sales agents in the U.S. and approximately 136,700 independent sales agents in 118 other countries and territories, helping them build stronger businesses and best serve today's consumers. Recognized for ten consecutive years as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, Realogy has also been designated a Great Place to Work four years in a row, named one of LinkedIn's 2021 Top Companies in the U.S., and honored on the Forbes list of World's Best Employers 2021.

About Freshly Inc.

Freshly is a weekly subscription service delivering fresh, chef-cooked meals directly to customers' doors that can be heated and served in three minutes. All that is needed is a microwave and fork to get a satisfying lunch or dinner on the table. With a corporate mission to break down the barriers to healthy eating, Freshly believes that taste and health don't need to be compromised for convenience. Freshly's food philosophy is centered on less sugar, less processed ingredients, and more nutrients. Developed by chefs and nutritionists, the menu features better-for-you versions of classic comfort foods with smart ingredient swaps. Freshly makes eating better easier than ever, one box at a time. Headquartered in New York, Freshly has operations in Phoenix, Arizona; Savage, Maryland; Linden, New Jersey; Commerce, California; and Austell, Georgia. To learn more about Freshly, visit www.freshly.com.

About Shyft

Shyft is a fintech-powered marketplace for the global moving industry. Our technology has automated and redefined the end-to-end moving process - using video technology to create a contactless, yet thoughtful moving experience for customers around the world. Shyft works with over 400 verified moving companies and has provided a safe and secure move to customers from 68 different countries.

To learn more about Shyft or to book your move, please visit www.shyftmoving.com.

About Schlotzsky's

Schlotzsky's® is a fast-casual restaurant franchise that started in 1971 and is home to The Original® oven-baked sandwich. The brand started in Austin, Texas and the made-to-order menu options still include bold flavors and fresh ingredients inspired by the food scene in Austin. Schlotzsky's has more than 320 restaurants across 24 states that are serving delicious hot sandwiches on sourdough buns baked from scratch each day, specialty pizzas and fresh salads. Plus, many locations offer warm, oven-baked Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls. Check us out online at www.schlotzskys.com to find a store near you.

About McAlister's Deli

Founded in 1989, McAlister's Deli® is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its genuine hospitality, sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister's Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister's Deli also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister's Deli brand has more than 470 restaurants in 27 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit McAlistersDeli.com.

About LIFT session

LIFT session, part of the LifeSpeak Inc. family of companies, is a digital fitness platform that helps wellness providers offer premium digital fitness services to their clients. With LIFT session's best in-class video on demand, virtual personal training, virtual group training and wellness broadcast services LIFT session is capable of extending its partner's service offering beyond their physical locations and make their service offerings available to clients anywhere. By offering services through wellness providers and businesses, LIFT session offers its online fitness platform to millions of customers globally. To learn more, follow LIFT session on Instagram (@liftsession) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/lift-session) or visit www.liftsession.com.

About AARP Services

AARP Services, founded in 1999, is a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight of the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP's millions of members. The provider offers currently span health products, financial products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; credit cards, auto and home, mobile home and motorcycle insurance, life insurance and annuities; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services and legal services. AARP Services also engages in new product development activities for AARP and provides certain consulting services to outside companies.

About AARP

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org, www.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.

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Gov. Kemp signs Mableton cityhood bill, sending another decision to Cobb voters

Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this month signed into law a bill that will ask South Cobb voters in November whether to incorporate the city of Mableton.The measure will be the fourth cityhood movement to go before Cobb County voters this year, with three other referendums set for the May 24 primary election.Sponsored by state Rep. Erica Thomas (D-Austell), th...

Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this month signed into law a bill that will ask South Cobb voters in November whether to incorporate the city of Mableton.

The measure will be the fourth cityhood movement to go before Cobb County voters this year, with three other referendums set for the May 24 primary election.

Sponsored by state Rep. Erica Thomas (D-Austell), the Mableton cityhood effort was the only one to receive unanimous support from the state Senate, and a near-unanimous vote from the Georgia House of Representatives, with just two lawmakers opposed.

Cityhood leaders plan for the city to be limited in scope, overseeing planning and zoning, code enforcement and parks. The city will also provide trash collection, a service the county government doesn’t offer residents.

If approved, residents would continue to receive other services such as public safety from the county.

Like other cityhood movements, supporters say they don’t feel like they have a sufficient voice in policymaking at the county level. A Mableton city council would have one representative for every 13,000 residents, rather than one county district commissioner per 191,000 people.

But in many ways, Mableton is unique among the four proposed Cobb cities.

The proposed cities of Lost Mountain, East Cobb and Vinings are whiter and wealthier than the county at large. Mableton is majority African American, with a median household income of $60,000 and a poverty rate north of 13%, four percentage points higher than the county as a whole.

Mableton has been a city before. It was briefly incorporated in 1912, but its government only lasted five years. Flooding in the summer of 1916 overwhelmed the town’s sewage system, leading residents to forfeit their charter in exchange for the county replacing their sewer pipes.

The new city’s boundaries would extend beyond the historic community core, covering most of South Cobb between Powder Springs and Austell to the west, Smyrna to the east and just past the East-West Connector in the north.

A feasibility study projects the city would have a $3 million budget surplus without levying a city property tax.

However, these studies don’t consider the effects on the county as a whole. Cobb finance officials estimate a city of Mableton would divert $10.8 million in fees, hotel taxes and other revenue sources from the county government, while the county would see minimal savings on expenses.

The Mableton vote will be held Nov. 8 during the general election.

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