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Staff News from GDEcD - Letter from Commissioner Cummiskey
Yesterday marked two weeks on the job for me and I am thoroughly enjoying meeting all of you and learning about the great things going on at GDEcD. Thank you all for the warm welcome you’ve shown me.
I am very pleased to announce two personnel changes that will leverage the expertise of two of our most talented people here at GDEcD. Effective February 1, Pat Wilson will become Chief Operating Officer of GDEcD, and Gretchen Corbin will assume the position of Deputy Commissioner of Global Commerce.
Pat’s past experience in intergovernmental relations, knowledge of the state budgetary process and his experience at the department uniquely equips him to step into the role of COO. In this position, he will manage the daily operations of the agency, manage budgetary and personnel issues for all department divisions, be a principal point of contact for our partners and serve as Executive Director of the Georgia Allies. He will also continue to be involved in the department’s Asia strategy and outreach to the Consular Corps.
Likewise, Gretchen’s deep experience in economic development and longtime career with GDEcD will be a tremendous asset to her new position as leader of the Global Commerce division. As former Division Director of International Operations and Director of the Regional Project team, she draws from a wide breadth of industry knowledge and is intimately acquainted with the state’s resources for economic development.
I also want to let you know about some GDEcD-related items in the state’s proposed budget the Governor released 10 days ago. Citing economic development synchronicities in mission, Governor Deal has proposed housing the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Research Alliance and the Georgia Cancer Coalition under our agency. While full details on these moves await the legislature’s action, I believe these changes would present unique growth and marketing advantages for these outstanding organizations as well as for our agency. Pat Wilson will oversee the pending integration of these agencies into our department.
I am excited about these changes and feel we have a strong team poised to bring jobs and investment to Georgia in the years to come.
January 20, 2011 - Tourism Day at the Capitol
When it comes to jobs and economic development, tourism should be on top of Georgia’s mind!
As a partner in Georgia Tourism we invite you to attend:
2011 Tourism Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, January 25th from 8:30am-1:00pm