Andrew Carnes

By | November 24, 2011 at 10:36 am | No comments | Staff

Andrew Carnes

Director of Economic Development
& Partnership Gwinnett

(678) 584-2265 (office)

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Andrew Carnes joined Partnership Gwinnett in 2015 and serves as the Director of Economic Development. In this role, Carnes works to develop and maintain relationships with state and economic development partners in an effort to support job growth in Gwinnett County. He works with consultants and companies, alike, to evaluate the available resources in the community and meet the demands of the growing industry sectors. Carnes is also responsible for maintaining close relationships with Gwinnett’s existing industries to support their retention and expansion plans. He has been invited to the international headquarters of numerous Gwinnett companies including locations in Belgium, the Czech Republic, China, France, Germany, and South Korea.

Over the course of his career, Carnes has assisted in creating over $1.3 billion in capital investment and over 9,000 jobs.

Prior to this role, Carnes served as the Executive Director for the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority where he managed and directed the countywide economic development strategies, including existing industry expansion services and recruitment of new business. Carnes helped to land the Engineered Floors project which created 2,400 jobs and $450 Million in investment, also winning GEDA’s Deal of the Year Award, Area Development’s Golden Shovel Award, Trade & Industry Development’s CiCi Award for Community Impact, and was selected as a Top Project of the Year by Site Selection Magazine.  While in Dalton, Carnes was also named Top 20 Under 40 in Northwest Georgia.

Currently, he is a member of the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association (GEDA), the International Economic Development Council, and the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). He serves on the GEDA Young Professionals committee and is the past Co-Chairman of SEDC’s Young Professionals for 2015 and 2016.

Carnes earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Economics from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute in 2015.


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