About Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority2019-06-11T13:06:13-05:00

Brunswick – Glynn County Development Authority Mission, Staff, 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

Ryan Moore, President

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

Ryan Moore is a native of Savannah and has a 15-year career in Economic Development and Real Estate. Ryan is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional, has an Economics Degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University, and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. In his role at the Brunswick & Glynn County Development Authority, he is responsible for growing existing industry, attracting new investment, and ensuring a productive workforce.

Ryan and his wife Heather have four young children and reside in Glynn County.

Sherri Pruitt, Existing Industry Coordinator

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

Sherri is the Existing Industry Coordinator at the Development Authority and is in charge of 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 25 years ago in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sherri and her husband Irby have one daughter and reside in Glynn County.

Vanessa Wagner, Director of Business Development

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

Vanessa is the Director of Business Development at the Development Authority and is in charge of communicating the unique advantages of locating in the Golden Isles and building strong partner relationships. She brings to the organization more than 10 years of marketing and program development experience with economic development, small business, and international organizations.

Vanessa and her husband reside are native to Buffalo, New York and currently reside in Brunswick. They are both avid outdoor enthusiasts have enjoyed spending time exploring the waterways, trails, and beaches that are unique to the Golden Isles. Vanessa also volunteers with Glynn County Animal Services.

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.