Robert L. Hosack is a member of the Economic Development and Government Strategies teams. He focuses on county and city management, with an emphasis on planning, zoning and development.
Mr. Hosack began his career as a Community Planner for the State of Tennessee. He joined Cobb County Government in 1986 as a planner in the Planning and Zoning Department. He has served the county in various capacities for more than 30 years, including roles as a Senior Planner, Coordinator for Intergovernmental Relations, Planning Division Manager, and Director of the Community Development Agency, a position he held for 15 years.
In his role with the Community Development Agency, Mr. Hosack prepared and implemented Cobb County’s first comprehensive development standards document, applied administrative variances to support environmental compliance programs, oversaw the one-stop development review process, generated the region’s first inventory of redevelopment sites and assembled the county’s Redevelopment Overlay District.
He earned unparalleled experience as the lead county representative in the creation of the Town Center Community Improvement District and through his work, in partnership with the Atlanta Braves, on the development of Truist Park and The Battery. During a brief retirement from Cobb County, Mr. Hosack assisted governmental and private sector clients in his role at a management and development consulting business. On April 25, 2017, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners appointed Mr. Hosack as the Cobb County Manager. During his tenure as Cobb County Manager, Mr. Hosack implemented a new 5-year Strategic Budgeting Process for Cobb County, enhanced the county’s AAA credit rating, oversaw a $750 million SPLOST program and implemented an overhaul of the county’s economic development incentives process leading to the relocation of the $200 million North American Headquarters of Thyssenkrup in partnership with the State of Georgia Department of Economic Development.
He is a Nationally Certified Planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Certified Public Manager through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Mr. Hosack serves on Kennesaw State University’s Advisory Board for the MPA Program and is three years in to a four-year term as District Supervisor with the Cobb County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Leadership Cobb Class of 1993
American Planning Association
Georgia Planning Association
Cobb County Soil and Water Conservation District, District Supervisor, 2017 – present
Kennesaw State University, Advisory Board, MPA Program
Certified Plan Reviewer-Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission