Brunswick – Glynn County Development Authority Mission, Staff, Board Members, and History

The Brunswick and Glynn County Economic Development Authority (Development Authority) is the organization that is tasked with the creation of jobs and investment in Glynn County through the attraction, retention, and expansion of businesses.

Attraction

Business attraction is very competitive and demands a lot of attention. The Development Authority promotes the development of economic assets such as industrial parks and educational infrastructure and develops incentive packages that attract new businesses to the area. Read more below.

Retention

The Coastal BEST (Business Expansion Support Team) ensures that our local business stay here and are growing. Members of the Coastal BEST make two visits a year to each industry. Information is gathered on challenges and opportunities and the best solution is determined based on the needs of the business and state and local resources.

Expansion

Growth is the natural result of increased demand and requires prompt attention to meet that demand. The Development Authority works closely with existing industries and often provides assistance with locating/securing financing, workforce training/hiring, developing utility infrastructure or any number of other projects.

Brunswick – Glynn County Development Authority Staff

Mel Baxter Brunswick Glynn County Development AuthorityMel Baxter, President

Mel Baxter is retired from United Community Bank after twenty six years of service, the last twelve years he held the position of Market President. Mr. Baxter’s involvement with economic development began in 2009 when he was elected to the Board of the Brunswick Glynn County Development Authority where he served for two consecutive three years terms. The last two years Mr. Baxter served as the Chairman of the Board for the Authority. In July, 2016 Mr. Baxter was hired by the Development Authority Board as the President for the Brunswick Glynn County Development Authority. Mr. Baxter is a lifelong resident of Glynn County and has served and chaired several of the not for profit organizations. He has a strong working relationship with the elected officials from both the City and the County as well as their staff.

melbaxter@bwkeda.com
office: 912-265-6629

John Scott Brunswick Glynn County Development AuthorityJohn Scott, CEcD, Project Manager

John Scott is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council.

John started in Economic Development in 2009 at the Trent Lott National Center of Excellence for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship where he interned with the Southern Entrepreneurship Program while he completed work on a Masters in Economic Development. Following completion of his degree, John worked at the Mississippi Development Authority’s Film Office where he researched how the State of Mississippi could better compete with other states (Georgia in particular) in attracting major film projects. Just prior to coming to Brunswick, John worked at the Choctaw County Economic Development Foundation as the Assistant Director of Economic Development.

Currently John is the Project Manager at the Development Authority and is in charge of working with the existing industries, developing a strong web presence, and assisting companies/prospects who are locating in Georgia’s Golden Isles.

johnscott@bwkeda.com
office: 912-265-6629
cell:912-230-6429

twitter: @JScott_ecodev

Sherri Pruitt Brunswick Glynn County Development AuthoritySherri Pruitt, Office Coordinator

Sherri is the Administrative Assistant at the Development Authority and is in charge assisting with the existing industries and companies/prospects who are locating in the Golden Isles. Sherri Pruitt is a tremendous asset to the Development Authority and started in the administrative and coordinator field over 20 years ago in Atlanta, Ga.

sherripruitt@bwkeda.com
office: 912-265-6629

Brunswick – Glynn County Development Authority Board Members

The Board of Directors for the Brunswick – Glynn County Development Authority provide valuable insight, skills, and direction. By design, the Development Authority Board consists of a diverse group of five individuals who all represent various parts of the local economy. Their insight and experiences ensure that the actions taken by the Development Authority are in harmony with the strengths of the area and that there will be a strong business climate where the local industrial base can thrive.

Cedric King, PHR, SHRM – CP
Cedric King, PHR, SHRM – CPChairman
Manager of Community Relations, Pinova Inc.

“I believe a successful economic development strategy must focus on improving the skills of the area’s workforce, reducing the cost of doing business and making available the resources businesses need to compete and thrive not only domestically, but globally in today’s economy.”

Jack Kilgore
Jack KilgoreVice Chairman
Jack formerly worked as the President of Rich Products Consumer Brands Division at the St Simons Island location.
Wayne Johnson
Wayne JohnsonSecretary - Treasurer
President & CEO of The Coastal Bank of Georgia
Bruce Dixon
Bruce DixonBoard Member
Owner, Dixon Management

“Tourism is a big part of the Glynn County economy generating just shy of a billion dollars per year. We make sure that our tourism sector works in harmony with our industrial, manufacturing and distribution partners.”

Paulo Albuguergue
Paulo AlbuguergueBoard Member
Area Manager – Brunswick with Georgia Power

“Focus on creating a stronger, more vibrant economic future for our community.”

The process of selecting new Board Members begins with a public posting of the position.  Applicants then turn their resume into the Development Authority for initial review by the current Board.  All Applicants receive an in-person interview for the position with current Board Members.  The Development Authority Board then selects the best candidate and submits the name for approval.   
Prospective Board Members are first approved by current Board Members and then City and County Commissioners.

If the Commissioners do not approve the applicants, they can suggest a candidate or allow the Development Authority to submit another applicant. The entire process is open to discussion with all three governing bodies throughout the process.

Board Members can serve two consecutive three-year terms.

History and Mission of the Development Authority

History

The Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority (Development Authority) was created in 1963 as an amendment to Georgia’s State Constitution.  As such, the Development Authority is a “Constitutional Authority” and has the ability to issue bonds and own property. Having these abilities is a huge advantage for recruiting industries to the Golden Isles.

Initially, the Development Authority only existed on paper and was a tool community leaders could use to further economic development in Glynn County. In 1975, the Development Authority was successfully used for the repurposing of the Glynco Naval Base into a publicly accessible airport and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

In 1987, it was apparent that the Development Authority needed to take a life of its own and was officially organized.

Mission

The Development Authority is the organization that is tasked with the creation of jobs and investment in Glynn County through the retention, expansion, and attraction of business and industry. Our mission is to ensure that Brunswick and Glynn County has a strong business climate that encourages growth of existing industries and is an attractive location for prospective businesses.

Mission Statement of the Brunswick-Glynn County Development Authority

“Promote economic prosperity for Brunswick and Glynn County by assisting retention and expansion of existing industries and securing new diversified industries to locate here and creating job opportunities and capital investments.”

In addition to working with prospective and existing businesses, the Development Authority serves as a catalyst for economic growth and stability for the area. The Development Authority works to identify opportunities and challenges that will affect the area’s economy – both long and short term. The Development Authority has a unique position as a ‘middle man’ and can bring a variety of organizations together to tackle even the most complex challenges to economic growth. For example, the Development Authority was a vital player in projects that have a major impact on the local economy such as the Golden Isles Career Academy, Coastal Pines Technical College, Brunswick – Golden Isles Airport ramp expansions, Gulfstream hangar expansion, Port of Brunswick…the list goes on.