Laura Semanson

CUMMING, Ga. — Forsyth County government, education and business leaders have announced the launch of Forward Forsyth, an entity committed to fostering the county’s new Strategic Economic Plan.

Forward Forsyth is a partnership of Forsyth County Government, the Chamber of Commerce, the Forsyth County Development Authority, the Forsyth County School System and the county’s higher education institutions.

The strategic plan, adopted by the Forsyth County Commission in 2018, identified target industries: e-commerce, data services, technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing, to name a few. It also promoted action items like convention center development, development of commercial product in north Forsyth County, mixed-use developments, efficient regulatory processes and other items.

“The new partnership is really designed to provide leadership, oversight and guidance to the execution of the economic development plan and to provide all of us an opportunity to communicate and chat with each other a little better,” said Chamber President James McCoy.

Forward Forsyth was ceremonially “open for business” as leaders gathered during the annual State of Forsyth County Address May 8 at the Forsyth Conference Center.

In her address, Commission Chairman Laura Semanson noted the need to continue to move the community forward…and economic development as the mechanism to do that.

To learn more about the new initiative, visit

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