Barrow County’s director of economic and community development announced last week that he plans to take over the responsibility of attracting new industry to the county.
The move comes amid concerns from county leaders that the current system for marketing the county through the chamber of commerce isn’t working.
At an all-day retreat of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners last week, Guy Herring presented a plan that apparently had not been discussed with the leadership of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce or its Economic Development Council. Currently, EDC vice-president Linda Moore has been the primary point of contact for new industry looking at the county.
But BOC Chairman Pat Graham said Moore’s marketing approach has not worked.
Moore has been serving on regional boards, but not conducting an actual marketing outreach to large employers.
“We realized that about mid year,” she said.
Graham said economic development in Barrow County for years has operated as a “department” of the chamber.
“It’s been a department that hasn’t flourished,” she said.
FOR THE FULL STORY, SEE THE FEB. 12 ISSUE OF THE BARROW JOURNAL.
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