Catching Up with Tracey Ussery
We're all about building our home state. We work with our community partners to grow and expand our state.
How do we do that?
By having an awesome team of experts. We caught up with one of those experts to learn more about what she's up to. Let's meet Tracey, Georgia Power Community and Economic Development Research Manager.
What part of town do you live in?
Woodstock in beautiful Cherokee County!
What’s your role at Georgia Power?
Research Team Lead, Community & Economic Development
How many years of experience in community/economic development do you have?
21 wonderful years… In 1999, I became a part of the Research Team. I am now a Team Lead. My exposure to Community and Economic Development started with Georgia Power. It’s been a very rewarding experience for me. Georgia Power has been there through all the seasons of my life. The company has been really good for me.
Describe economic development in Georgia in two words:
Tell us your favorite part of your job:
Knowing that we are contributing to the well-being of Georgians and helping communities all over the state provide better lives for their people! Pretty cool…
What was your very first job?
Ice cream vendor at Six Flags Over Georgia.
What do you love about Georgia?
Well, I grew up here so my family is close – I love the diversity – of people, of landscapes, small towns and big cities, arts, and culture along with the great outdoors.
What’s Your Secret Talent?
I sketch beautiful portraits. This is actually a skill I was working on and taking a class before the pandemic hit. I also have an amazing singing voice (in my dreams and in the shower)… I do a great impression of Ross Perot (for real).
What’s one thing that might surprise people about you?
I have a couple of things. I’m a PADI Certified for Scuba Diver.
But also between the years of 1987-90, I lived in Germany right out of college. This was around the time the Berlin Wall came down. An interesting time to be there to say the least.
Are you a plant or pet parent?
Both… My plants are outdoor ones though… The indoor ones don’t seem to thrive for some reason – maybe because of the pets.
What is one thing you learned about yourself in 2020?
I am indeed a homebody. I’ve loved working from home – being able to do more for my family, plan meals, work in the yard AND be very productive at work. I wasn’t sure how this all would go, but I feel extremely fortunate.