At Tuesday’s meeting of the Americus-Sumter County Payroll Development Authority (PDA), Chairman Paul Hall announced that Barbara Grogan will join the newly established economic development organization that will merge the duties of the PDA and the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce.
Grogan, who formerly served as the UGA Sumter Archway Professional, will serve as the vice president for economic development, focusing on labor force analysis, targeted industry development and business retention, expansion and recruitment. Grogan will continue the efforts of the entity as it works through reorganization, combining the public and private sector activities of each and creating a more focused and effective economic development effort.
A press release provided Tuesday stated that Grogan, given her past experiences, skill sets and commitment to the community since her arrival, was sought for this position to ensure her expertise is used to the best advantage for the community at large.
A native of Norman Park, Grogan “brings in-depth experience and resources to the position,” states the press release. She spent several years working for various members of the South Carolina and Georgia congressional delegations, as well as state of Georgia leaders and networks.
During her time with Archway Grogan facilitated the linkage of Americus and Sumter County with many higher education resources through the University of Georgia and other institutions within the university system. She attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, receiving her associates’ degree in family and consumer sciences and then the University of Georgia double majoring in consumer economics and housing. Additionally, Grogan obtained a master’s of public of administration from UGA, with specializations in personnel management and public policy.
Grogan is pursuing her certification in economic development through the International Economic Development Council. The certification focuses on marketing, attraction, workforce development, real estate development and business retention and expansion.
Since moving to Americus in 2009, she has been active with many service and civic organizations, including the Sumter Historic Trust, Americus Junior Service League and Rotary Club of Americus. Additionally, Grogan serves as the vice president for membership services with the Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and is a member of the ABAC Ag Alumni Council and the ABAC Foundation.
In other business, the PDA elected officers for the 2013 term. Paul Hall was unanimously reelected as chairman, Mike Donnelly as vice chair and Bill Harris as treasurer. Alex Saratsiotis was nominated and voted in as secretary as former secretary Tracy Ector did not seek reappointment to the Board. Mike Fennessy was named as attorney for the PDA and the Times-Recorder, the legal organ.