McGowan to head MAC economic development

The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s second highest-ranking executive will be taking on an additional role within the organization.

Brian McGowan, the chamber of commerce’s chief operations officer, will lead recruitment efforts as chief of economic development, the chamber said Monday. He replaces Hans Gant, who left the organization earlier this year. McGowan joined the chamber in April after about three years as president and CEO of Atlanta’s economic development agency, Invest Atlanta.

In that role, McGowan helped expand the agency’s roles in job creation, exports, local business expansion and development of startups. When the chamber announced McGowan’s hiring earlier this year, officials said he would have a significant role economic development strategy.

McGowan also has previous stints as a U.S. deputy assistant secretary of commerce and as a former senior economic development official in California under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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