“As a lifelong Georgian, it’s gratifying to be part of a team wholly dedicated to the success and continued prosperity of our communities. Every day, I have the privilege of helping grow a state that is leading our economy into the future - a state that six generations of my family have called home.”
Lonnie Smallwood is a Business Recruitment Director for Georgia Power, guiding prospects through every phase of the location process, including market evaluation, site selection, utility assessment, and workforce analysis.
Previously, Lonnie served as Community Development Manager, for the Metro West Region, after working for ten years as a statewide industrial project manager for both Electric Cities of Georgia and Georgia EMC. In these roles, Lonnie was directly involved in project locations for companies such as Beretta, GE, Georgia Pacific, Owens Corning, UPS, and Wayfair.
In addition, Lonnie worked for seven years in politics, serving as a Middle Georgia Field Director for Governor Sonny Perdue, Legislative Liaison for Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and as a public affairs consultant for several Fortune 500 companies.
A Georgia native, Lonnie lives in Atlanta, and is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science with an emphasis on International Affairs. He is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2023, and in his free time, nurtures a love/hate relationship with golf, and enjoys playing guitar.