"The most rewarding part of the job is watching Georgia communities grow and bringing great investment to the state."
Walt is no stranger to business recruitment across the great state of Georgia.
As Manager of Statewide Economic Development for Georgia Power, Walt is responsible for all business development and attraction efforts to support new business growth in Georgia.
Walt leads the business development team, focused on attracting new business to Georgia. The team has broad industry experience, focused on Energy Intensive Manufacturing, Automotive, Aerospace, Logistics, Corporate Relocations, Food Processing, and Technology. The team supports the facilitation of site-selection, start-up, and expansion of businesses investing in Georgia.
Before joining Georgia Power in 2015, Walt served as a Director of the Advanced Manufacturing team at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). He was responsible for recruiting domestic and international companies to Georgia, leading tax incentive negotiations on Georgia’s behalf, and business recruitment efforts. He was also responsible for the Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Program, the state’s industrial site certification process while working at the state agency. Walt specializes in the automotive, aerospace, and defense industries. Prior to his work with GDEcD, Walt spent four years on the Business Development team at Electric Cities of Georgia.
Walt currently serves as the Chairman of the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Leadership Georgia. He is a Board Member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association and Working Partner for the Georgia Allies. He is also a member of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association and serves on the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) Volunteer Service Committee.
Walt is a graduate of the 2015 Leadership Georgia class and Young Game Changers class of 2017.
Walt holds a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Clemson University. He and his wife, Emily, reside in Atlanta with their three girls, Harper, Lucy, and Mae.