Economic Development Strategic Plan

Project Overview

The Forsyth Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce launched an economic development strategic planning process to guide the county’s growth over the next five years and beyond. TIP Strategies, an economic development strategic planning firm based in Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA, was engaged to guide the project.

The resulting plan provided specific recommendations to promote economic growth in the county. The plan focused on directing economic development efforts and resources toward a clearly defined vision; increasing industrial and commercial investment, thus balancing the county’s tax base; leveraging competitive advantages to fuel economic growth; and changing the “bedroom community” perception among target industry decision-makers. The consulting team recommended strategies based on its understanding of best practices from around the nation. The plan was supported by an implementation matrix that outlines the actions, priorities, and timeframes needed to execute the recommendations effectively.

For more information about the project, please contact:

Robert Long
Vice President of Economic Development
Forward Forsyth
(770) 887-56461, ext. 113
rlong@cummingforsythchamber.org

Project Participants

Key stakeholders involved in the project include the following.

Economic Development Stakeholder Group

  • Jeff Beardon, Forsyth County Schools
  • Ruben Boling, University of North Georgia
  • Tom Brown, Forsyth County Government
  • Larry Duckworth, Forsyth Development Authority
  • Doug Jenkins, Georgia Power
  • Eric Johnson, Forsyth County Government
  • Laura Semanson, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners
  • James McCoy, Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce
  • Kevin McDonough, Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC
  • Kristin Morrissey, Board of Education
  • Carter Patterson, Forte Data Systems  
  • David Seago, Forsyth Development Authority
  • Joanne Tolleson, Lanier Technical College/Forsyth Development Authority

TIP Strategies

  • Jon Roberts, Project Lead
  • Ashton Allison, Project Manager
  • John Karras, Project Support