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James Rogers new head of Development Authority of Fulton Co.

by Hatcher Hurd

January 09, 2013

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – The Development Authority of Fulton County has announced the hiring of James M. (Maceo) Rogers as president of the authority. For the past two years, Rogers has been executive director of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority and previously served as both deputy director and interim director of the DeKalb County Office of Economic Development.

Prior to that, Rogers was an economic development specialist with Fulton County and project manager, economic development for the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

"We are delighted that someone of Maceo Rogers' caliber is joining the Development Authority of Fulton County," said Robert J. "Bob" Shaw, authority board chairman. "He is an out-of-the-box thinker who develops creative solutions in the area of economic development. He has produced an enviable track record both in Macon and metro Atlanta by recruiting new and expanding businesses, while also successfully retaining existing businesses."

According to Shaw, Rogers' knowledge of the state's economic development programs and players combined with his strong contacts and local market knowledge was a major factor in the board's effort to recruit him back to Fulton County.

Among his successes are:

• Attracting to Bibb County a 686,000-square-foot distribution facility for Tractor Supply Company, representing 200 new jobs and a $58 million investment;

• Securing a major grant for Bibb County's Ocmulgee National Park Monument;

• Attracting $1.2 billion in new and expanding business to DeKalb County resulting in more than 25,500 new and retained jobs in that metro jurisdiction.

Rogers is a board member of Andrew College and an advisory board member of the Central Georgia Federal Reserve.

He is past chairman of the Georgia Economic Developers Association; past Georgia State Alliance co-chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers; and a member of the International Economic Development Council.

"I am excited to come home to Fulton County where I started my economic development career," said Rogers. "All types of businesses can thrive and grow in this county because it offers so many opportunities that are not available elsewhere."

In his role as president of the authority, Rogers will help shape the organization's business development efforts and strengthen its overall management team.

"The Development Authority of Fulton County has a reputation as one of Georgia's most successful economic development agencies, generating more than $16 billion in business investment in the county over the past decade," Rogers said. "My goal is to surpass that level of business investment and job creation for the future, strengthen the authority's management structure and ensure that Fulton County remains the economic engine that drives prosperity in the county, within the region and across the state," Rogers said.

–Staff