2015-06-24 / Front Page

New Development Director named

By Roy F. Chalker Jr.

Jessica Hood Jessica Hood A Savannah woman will lead Burke County’s economic development efforts. Jessica A. Hood, currently Director of Business Development for the Liberty County Development Authority, was the unanimous choice of Burke County Development Authority members. They interviewed their top three candidates last week before making a final decision Tuesday.

Hood is expected to assume her duties here on July 20. Approval of the authority’s action by the Burke County Commission is expected to happen at the board’s meeting today (Wednesday).

Hood will succeed Jerry Long who retired last year after almost 30 years as Executive Director of the authority.

The Bulloch County native was a project manager for the Chatham County Economic Development Authority before assuming her current post in Liberty County. She is a 2007 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics with a minor in Regional Economic Development and will receive her Masters of Business Administration degree from GSU this summer.

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