Anna Chafin, CEO of the Development Authority of Bryan County (DABC) and current chair of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), was part of a group recognized recently at the state Capitol.
The group of leaders of the GEDA presented Gov. Nathan Deal with a ceremonial check for $5,232,503,264, which represents the amount of investment that has been generated by the 412 economic development projects that located in the state of Georgia last year. In addition, those 412 projects also translated into 34,703 jobs created across the state.
“When you look at the positive impact economic development has around the state, it really is incredible,” said Chafin, “I’m proud of the part that Bryan County has played in the statewide impact of economic development through projects like the consolidation of Daniel Defense’s Bryan County and South Carolina operations into a single new facility in Interstate Centre, which will create $29.5 million in investment and 75 new jobs for our community.”
Chafin and the group from the GEDA were also invited to be recognized by Representative Ron Stephens, who chairs the House Economic Development Committee, in the House Gallery and Senator Mike Dugan, who chairs the Senate Economic Development Committee, in the Senate Gallery.
In addition to being recognized with the other leaders of the GEDA, Chafin participated in a legislative leadership dinner with the GEDA executive committee and leadership from the House and Senate, and she also attended a legislative drop-in breakfast the following morning at the capitol.
“These events serve as a way to stay in touch with our elected officials during the legislative session,” said Chafin, “We want to make sure that economic development is always at the forefront of their minds.”