Our staff is committed to our mission and partnering to achieve success in Douglas County.
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…
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. Since 2017, I have 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 7 other states with 7 more being added in 2020.
Most recently, the National Skills Coalition presented me the 2019 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 also serve as the Board Chair for the Boys and Girls Club of Douglas County and serve on the Advisory Board of the 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!
Director of Business Recruitment
I have a sense of accomplishment from meeting new people - whether I’m helping someone find the best place to locate their business or helping a local citizen find a job. Recently, when people started learning about our Stitch Fix win, we could see excitement and pride from people in the community. It’s nice to have people proud of where they live.
One of my goals for Douglas County is to help people be proud of living here so they brag about it. I would love for our community to meet all the needs of our residents and my involvement in various aspects of the community helps support those goals, such as Leadership Douglas 2020, meetings with the city, and my personal involvement in the community. Whatever I can do to understand the needs of the community and provide support to meet those goals.
Assistant to Executive Director
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.”
Board of Directors
Michael J. Stephens
Chairman, Servis1st Bank
Vice Chairman, Kaiser Permanente
Asst. Secretary, POSolutions
Member, Upward Global Logistics
Member, GreyStone Power Corporation
Member, Regions Bank