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Planned Arts Facility Names Theatre For Williams

COBB COUNTY, GA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Developer John A. Williams has pledged $10 million to The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Cobb County.

With the donation, the theatre at the facility will be called the "John A. Williams Theatre."

Williams is the founder of Atlanta-based Post Properties Inc. and currently serves as president and CEO of Corporate Holdings LLC. He has been a board member of the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Regional Commission and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, and has chaired the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

The Cobb Energy Centre for the Performing Arts is located at Akers Mill Road and Cobb Galleria Parkway, adjacent to Interstate 75, in northwest Atlanta. When it opens in June 2007, the center will have a 2,750-seat theater that can accommodate Broadway shows, concerts and other events; rehearsal space; state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics; a dozen box seats and a 1,500-space parking deck. About half of the funding for the project — $57 million — is coming from local hotel/motel tax collections, with another $11 million coming from budget surpluses from the Cobb Galleria Center that opened in 1994.

In January, Cobb Energy Management Corp. secured naming rights for the performing arts centre with its commitment to invest $20 million.