Chamber hires Director of Economic Development

DAWSONVILLE, GEORGIA- July 30, 2018:             The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has expanded its staff by hiring a Director of Economic Development, Betsy McGriff.
Betsy most recently served as the UGA faculty Archway Professional in Cairo, Georgia. In Grady County, she was responsible for facilitating community initiatives including economic and community development, education for a quality workforce, leadership programming, and access to healthcare. A native of Bulloch County, Georgia, Betsy holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, both from Georgia Southern University.
In May of 2018, the Development Authority of Dawson County and Dawson County Chamber of Commerce began a partnership with the goal of better coordinating, planning, and supporting quality growth in Dawson County in the coming years. Betsy will serve a key role in this partnership as she will be the point person and coordinator of day-to-day economic development operations in Dawson County. Her immediate priorities include continuing to build relationships with elected officials and workforce and development partners throughout the region, determining the best list of target industries for Dawson County, and finding new avenues to support existing business and industry.
“We are thrilled to have Betsy join our Chamber team,” Dawson County Chamber President Christie Moore said. “Her background in strategic planning well positions her to be a tremendous asset to our community, Chamber, and Development Authority as we create strategy and goals for economic development in Dawson County.” 
Brian Trapnell, Chairman of the Development Authority of Dawson County said, “We are excited to welcome Betsy and her family to Dawson County.  Betsy’s mix of energy, experience, enthusiasm and talent fit perfectly with who we are and where we’re headed as a community.  Her statewide relationships, combined with all of these other attributes, will strengthen our ability to retain our existing business/industry, recruit new ones and continue building a strong workforce with our partners in the community.”
Betsy will officially join the Chamber team on August 20th.  “I am looking forward to my new role in such a dynamic and beautiful part of the state. Dawson County is poised for quality growth and I am excited to be part of the process.” Said Betsy McGriff who is a graduate of both Locate South Georgia LEADS (2017) and Georgia Forward’s Young Gamechangers (2016), as well as Leadership Bulloch (2005) and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development (2006 & 2014). Betsy and her husband, Harley, are the parents of two children: Mac (9) and Charlie (6). To contact Betsy, email b.mcgriff@dawson.org or call the Chamber 706-265-6278