The Development Authority is especially interested in attracting businesses in the following Target Industries, as identified in the Economic Development Strategic Plan

  • Data Services
  • E-Commerce / Distribution
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Technology and R&D
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Healthcare


Created for the purpose of developing and promoting for the public good and general welfare trade, commerce, industry and employment opportunities in Forsyth County, the Development Authority was created as a body upon the approval of the Development Authorities Law of 1969, Section 2. The Development Authority consists of seven (7) members, appointed by the Board of Commissioners, each of whom is a taxpayer of Forsyth County and none of whom is an officer or employee of Forsyth County. All terms are four (4) years. Members receive no compensation. Review past Development Authority meetings HERE.


The Development Authority partners with Forward Forsyth, which serves as the designated single point of contact for economic development prospects interested in sites, relocations and expansions in Forsyth County. Together, the entities pool their resources to efficiently and effectively market the community, at economic investment levels.


Forward Forsyth (a partnership of the Forsyth County Development Authority, the Forsyth County Government, the Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County Schools and Forsyth County’s higher-learning institutions) is your resource for all things business-related in Forsyth County. The partnership is here to help connect you with the opportunities you need to launch, relocate or grow. To connect with the Forsyth County Development Authority, or any sector of the Forward Forsyth partnership, contact Alex Warner at

Larry Duckworth

Matt McClure

Clayton Rhodes

Grant Schmeelk

Ret. Major Gen. Joe Stein

Dr. Joanne Tolleson

Bobby Thomas