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Mike Staples

Engineer/Film Location Specialist

"Being able to help people visualize the potential for a site or building by using 3D renderings or drone footage, is a rewarding, fulfilling accomplishment."

- Mike Staples

Mike Staples serves the engineering team for the Georgia Power Community and Economic Development organization, using his extensive skill set to bring potential building and site plans to life. Mike provides site design and 3D renderings for industrial park planning, building design, earth work and more. He's also been heading up Georgia Power's film initiative, helping Georgia's many film producers and location scouts connect with the right properties for their productions.

Mike’s career with Georgia Power began in 1991 in Southern Company’s Fossil & Hydro department, retrofitting power plants for the federal Clean Air Act. He spent seven years in region distribution mapping and two years in the Land Department before joining the Community & Economic Development team in 2002. Before coming to Georgia Power, Mike worked with Bell Laboratories and at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport doing electrical design work.

Mike attended ITT Technical Institute and Indian Valley Vocational Center where he gained the foundation of his drafting and computer design skills. He has extensive experience in Google Earth, SketchUp and AutoCAD, as well as Arc Map, Photoshop, and sophisticated PowerPoint applications. Many of Mike’s advanced computer skills are self-taught, as he is known for putting software to its maximum use and finding new and innovative applications for supporting economic development projects. Many a successful Georgia project can be directly connected to Mike's ability to let a prospect really see a location's potential using cutting-edge tools.

Mike and his wife Lisa live in Holly Springs and have two grown children. He recently became a grandad- twice in one month, to a baby boy and girl. His hobbies include tennis, guitar and gardening.