The Staff of Elevate Douglas Economic Partnership serves as the Single Point of Contact for Economic Development in Douglas County, representing both the Development Authority of Douglas County and the Development Authority of the City of Douglasville.
I love that my role allows me to contribute to the future prosperity of this community and all of the residents that reside here and will move here.
I also love the diversity that exists in this community. All walks of life are welcomed here and thrive here. The fall festivals in Douglasville are amazing with the Google Gravity Games hitting downtown in the morning and the Chili Cook-off in the evenings, we showcase our diversity.
I work hard to ensure that Douglas County will be a place where families, businesses and other organizations can realize success and are proud to share the news that being in Douglas County helped them achieve their success.
My involvement in the community is of deep importance to me and I’m honored to have participated in and been awarded: Douglas County Top 10 Young Professional; Douglas County Chamber Board, Leadership Douglas '15; Leadership Georgia '10; Leadership Atlanta '20; Vice Chair Georgia Economic Developers Association; Loan Committee Chair Atlanta Neighborhood Partnership; Speaker for 2018 Atlanta State of the Region Breakfast. I’m a failed trumpeter and recovering trombonist, one day soon I'll get back on the horn…
Vice President of Economic Development
Mercer University - Bachelor of Liberal Studies with Concentrations in History and Religion
University of Georgia - Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Social Welfare Policy and the Constitution
One of my favorites quotes is from Ron Kitchens, an economic developer, he says, “The Greatest Force of Change is a Job.” He also says, if you want to change your community for the better, you must work intentionally on creating quality, family-sustaining, wage-earning jobs in your community. I believe my role is to partner with our business community to ensure Douglas County has the optimal business environment for their success with diversity of people, of thought, and of landscape. Our diversity will make businesses and residents want to call Douglas County home.
When we work with companies to create quality jobs across industry sectors and skill sets and work with our education partners to create training programs to up-skill or re-skill individuals to compete for those jobs, we as an organization are playing a pivotal role of bringing multiple partners to the table to achieve the goal of creating a Douglas County for all.
I work hard to ensure Douglas County’s needs are being balanced for the entire population. From 2017 - 2020, I served as the State Lead for National Skills Coalition Business Leaders United and created the model that is being used to create state chapters in 14 other states.
In 2019, the National Skills Coalition presented me the Taking Care of Business Award. This award is presented to one individual in the country who has worked to increase the platform of skills policy at the Federal and State Levels.
I currently serve as the Advisory Board Chair of the Douglas County United Way.
And, the coolest thing so far, a large corporation who moved into Douglas County named their building “The Breezy.” I thought I would need to donate millions of dollars to get my name on a building!
I hate saying “I don’t know.” So, I try to know how to help people and connect them to where they need to go —even when we don’t handle certain items—I have to know as much as I can. As a result, every day is different and I love it.
I’ve lived in Douglasville since 2007 and I love everything this city and county has to offer: Sweetwater State Park, Foxhall, Boundary Waters, and the Alpaca Farm. It has a small town feel but it doesn’t roll up the streets at 10:00 PM.
My vision is that Douglasville continues to develop into a better version of itself with more to offer our companies, businesses, and residents. I hope the community continues to feel enlightened by the changes and sees the bigger picture.
We have some excellent programs of which I support and participate in such as the Cultural Arts Center (CAC), where I have sold art; and the 2019 Leadership Douglas class, which was touted as being, “The Most Inventive Class Ever.”