Instead of having two part-time workers sell South Fulton, one full-time employee will do the job. It will allow more coordination among workers who hadn’t communicated in the past. Two new positions, a redevelopment specialist and a research specialist, will be added.
“There is a value in having a Fulton County effort that is county-wide,” County Manager Dick Anderson said. “All of us benefit if someone locates in Fulton County.”
In passing the proposal 6-0, commissioners emphasized their own interests in small businesses or on the importance of the arts in recruiting. Some expressed concern that there would be conflicts between the needs of the unincorporated part of the county and the cities.
But they agreed on the importance of modernizing the operation.
“This makes an awful lot of sense,” Commissioner Lee Morris said.
Baggett said there was a sense that Fulton’s existing economic development efforts didn’t have enough visibility. The change, he said, would combine county resources to increase its reach. After all, the county has the greatest power for giving out incentives, too.
The move is part of the county’s plan to streamline government and show more results.
“We’ve laid the foundation now to tell our story,” Vice Chairman Liz Hausmann said. “All we want is for folks to know how wonderful our county is.”