Cumberland Community Improvement District

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Cumberland Community Improvement District
Type Not-for-Profit
Industry Transportation, Community Improvement
Founded 1988
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Key people

Tad Leithead, Chairman of the Board

Malaika Rivers, Executive Director
Employees Five (2010)

The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID) is a self-taxing district covering 5.5 square miles (14 km2) in southern Cobb County, Georgia that includes the intersections of I-75, I-285 and U.S. Highway 41.[1][2] The Cumberland CID, Georgia’s first CID, was formed by business leaders interested in improving access to the highways for Atlanta’s emerging northwest market, known as Cumberland.[3][4]

Commercial property owners within the Cumberland area fund the Cumberland CID by paying an additional five mils of property taxes.[5][6] Cobb County collects the taxes and distributes those funds to the CID, which in turn provides funding to start the necessary planning process for roads, streetscapes, trails and other infrastructure improvements, while federal, state and county dollars pay for the bulk of project construction.[7]


The Cumberland CID was founded upon the basis of Article 9, Section VII of the Georgia Constitution.[8] The amendment providing for CIDs was approved by the voters in 1984.[2] The Cumberland CID was brought into being through the enactment of a resolution by the Cobb County Commission and the consent of the Cumberland area’s commercial property owners in 1988.[2][9]

As of 2010, the CID has leveraged $89 million into more than $500 million for area improvements.[10] At the close of 2009, each dollar raised by the CID brought in seven dollars from public sources, for a portfolio of active projects worth more than an estimated $230 million.[10] By 2012, the Cumberland CID expects to have raised $100 million in local funds.[11]

CID Projects[edit]

  • Completion of the $300 million Cumberland Boulevard loop road that connects all four quadrants of the district and includes the Kennedy Interchange, Cumberland Boulevard, Windy Ridge Parkway and Mill Green Parkway.[12]
  • Construction of the $85 million Kennedy Interchange.[12]
  • Formation and administration of Commuter Club, a commuter services program for area businesses and employees.[13]
  • Completion of streetscapes and multi-use trails that connect to the regional network;[14] more than $25 million in streetscape and landscape beautification projects in the center of the Cumberland community.[13]
  • Reconstruction of the Paces Ferry Interchange and a portion of the East-West Connector [15]
  • Completion of the Silver Comet Cumberland Connector Trail [16]
  • Completion of Blueprint Cumberland I.[17] and II [18]
  • Completion of a transit study that launched the state’s current initiatives to bring transit and High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to the I-75 and I-285 corridors.[12]

Commuter Club[edit]

In 1996, the Cumberland CID created the Cumberland Transportation Network (CTN), a transportation management authority (TMA), to address ways of reducing traffic in the area [19] CTN assisted companies inside the improvement district with developing and implementing commute-option programs for their employees.[19]

The program, currently known as Commuter Club, identifies potential carpool and vanpool partners and offers the latest information and services to help the approximately 70,000 employees in the Cumberland area save money on transit or set up teleworking and flextime program at work sites.[20]

In 2003, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named the Cumberland office market one of nation's "Best Workplaces for Commuters" for the commuter services provided through Commuter Club.[20] "Best Workplaces for Commuters" is a national designation reserved for businesses, organizations and districts that meet a national standard of excellence in commuter benefits.[20]

In June 2008, Commuter Club crested 100 vans becoming the largest TMA-sponsored vanpool program in the country.[21]

Today, commuters from 17 metro Atlanta counties rely on Commuter Club’s vanpool program to make their trip to and from work less expensive and more enjoyable every day.[22] Commuter Club’s efforts remove more than 1,000 cars from the roads daily, saving more than $7,000 per year in commuting costs and eliminating more than 30,000 vehicle miles daily.[23]


  1. ^ Atlanta Regional Commission - About Tad Leithead
  2. ^ a b c About the Cumberland CID: Governance
  3. ^ About the Cumberland CID: Overview
  4. ^ Georgia Trend Magazine
  5. ^ About the Cumberland CID: Funding
  6. ^ Rainey & Phillips Law Associates - Community Improvement Districts
  7. ^ Cobb County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  8. ^ Constitution of the State of Georgia
  9. ^ Atlanta Business Chronicle - Cumberland CID plans for enhanced improvements
  10. ^ a b Atlanta Business Chronicle - CID flush with big projects, plans
  11. ^ Atlanta Business Chronicle - Cumberland corridor positioned for more growth
  12. ^ a b c Layman, Tonya (2006-12-18). "Cumberland CID plans for enhanced improvements". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 
  13. ^ a b Glier, Ray (2006-12-18). "CID rolls out red carpet for van poolers". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 
  14. ^ Southerland, Randy (2007-09-17). "CID continues focus on transportation issues". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 
  15. ^ "Market Focus". Dorey’s Cumberland Galleria Market Focus. 2008-05-01. 
  16. ^ "Capitol Ideas from Cumberland CID Leadership". Cumberland CID News & Views. 2007-11-20. 
  17. ^ Johnston, Lori (2006-12-18). "Cumberland corridor positioned for more growth". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 
  18. ^ Carabello, Joanna (2008-02-04). "Cumberland/Galleria". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 
  19. ^ a b Vaeth, Elizabeth (1996-11-04). "Business, county interests join to combat traffic mess". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 
  20. ^ a b c "EPA gives honor to Commuter Club Employers and Cumberland CID". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 2003-07-21. 
  21. ^ "Commuter Club Marks 100th Vanpool". Atlanta INtown. 2008-06-23. 
  22. ^ Atlanta INtown - Commuter Club Marks 100th Vanpool
  23. ^ Atlanta Business Chronicle - CID rolls out red carpet for van poolers

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