The next director of economic development named

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has selected Kevin Herrit to serve as director of economic development, according to a press release from the business organization’s president and CEO, Mandy Power.

Herrit’s first day is set for Monday, May 2. His appointment follows the chamber’s months-long search to fill the position, during which Georgian firm The Chason Group was asked to help lead the executive search process.

“The Economic Development Search Committee was very strategic in making a selection in this process,” Power said. “As a group, we were looking for a professional who understands a rural region while possessing the knowledge and skills to move our region forward in terms of new jobs and maintaining existing businesses. Kevin brings these experiences to the chamber team.

Previously, Herrit served as Director of Community Development for Dahlonega. He has also served as a senior planner with Columbus (Ga.) Consolidated Government, community transportation planner with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and city/county planner in Whitfield County.

Herrit earned his bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. In May, he will receive his master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Georgia.

He has earned business and leadership certifications, including one from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); Professional Certification in Economic Development Finance (EDFP); Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from UNG; Institute of Managers and Institute of Administrators (APA); and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

In the new role, Herrit will be responsible for leading a focused effort to increase commercial and industrial investment in the county as well as promote job creation and retention.

The overall goal is to broaden the local tax base and create new, high-quality jobs, according to the press release.

The Director of Economic Development also acts as a face for the chamber, the Dawson County Development Authority and the community in meetings with clients, investors, developers, community leaders and other key stakeholders.

“I look forward to being part of the Chamber team and working with elected and appointed community leaders,” Herrit said. “The growth and retention of small professional businesses will remain a high priority for the Chamber and the Development Authority. It is also important that as a community and economic development team, we begin to build relationships with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and other statewide partners to present ideas for industrial growth opportunities. Economic development is a team sport, and I’m thrilled to join the team.

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