Scott Evans, an experienced economic development professional and entrepreneur, has been named Senior Project Manager – Technology for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. The announcement follows a strong economic development partnership renewed earlier this year between the Chamber and Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.
Evans is currently serving as Business Development Manager for CSC General Contractors, an Atlanta based general contractor specializing in commercial and industrial land development. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of ScotCro, a management consulting firm focused on process improvement, management coaching, and IT systems design; President of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce; and Manager of Chamber Services for the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.
“Bringing on a seasoned leader in technology is one of several pro-active economic development initiatives the business community is collaborating on with the Board of Commissioners,” according to Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chairman Todd Levent. “Working with existing technology firms in our area will be the number one priority for Scott. Georgia 400 is a major growth area for companies. Our goal is to provide as many services as possible to enhance the operations of these businesses while at the same time looking to attract new investments and jobs.”
Under the agreement between Forsyth County and the Chamber, the Board of Commissioners provide policy oversight and resourcing, the Chamber executes the plans, and the Forsyth County Development Authority implements the plans and have an administrative role. Commissioners are regularly updated on projects.
“The Chamber is known for its aggressive approach to infrastructure growth and the ability to provide services to new companies looking at the area,” Evans said. “The opportunity to be a part of a team to develop stronger relationships with existing businesses and lead the way for new opportunities is extremely exciting to me. My background fits well with this role in technology and project management.”
Evans will work closely with the Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development, Robert Long. He is a Certified Economic Developer and the key contact for new manufacturing businesses looking to grow in Forsyth County. The Chamber is also conducting a search for a Vice President of Tourism to round out the economic development team.
Since 2011, the Chamber has led economic development efforts that have generated 5,000 jobs and $496 million of new capital investments. The numbers are backed by 91 project announcements during the time period. McCoy stresses the fact that this was accomplished in concert with the Board of Commissioners, City of Cumming, and the Development Authority.
The Chason Group, an executive recruitment firm specializing in chambers of commerce, economic development authorities and foundations, assisted the Chamber with the search for Evans.