Director of Economic Development
& Partnership Gwinnett
(678) 584-2265 (office)
Andrew Carnes serves as the Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. Prior to serving in this role, Carnes was 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. During his time in Dalton, he was instrumental in landing 50 projects in the community assisting with the creation of more than 3,600 direct jobs, 1,900 indirect jobs and more than $791 Million in new investment.
Currently, he is a member of the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association (GEDA), the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), and the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). He serves on the GEDA Young Professionals, Member Services and Public Policy committees and is the Co-Chairman of SEDC’s Young Professionals for 2015. Carnes was a Board Member for Young Professionals of Northwest Georgia and Chair of the Corporate Outreach committee for two years.
Carnes earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Economics from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA and completed the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute in the summer of 2015.