CARROLLTON, GA – Brian Dill, senior vice president of global commerce for Carroll Tomorrow, has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), effective January 12.
DCA promotes and implements community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate- income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness.
“It is with excitement that I look forward to this next chapter in my career,” Dill said. “I count myself lucky to have been a part of Carroll Tomorrow and, in some small way, help this community to grow and succeed with new job creation and capital investments.”
Dill joined Carroll Tomorrow in 2011, managing business recruitment, expansion and retention activities for Carroll County inclusive of seven municipalities and four development authorities. His responsibilities included new product and community development, marketing and economic development outreach inclusive of bond financing, tax credits and local and state incentives. Dill also directed foreign investment opportunities in global commerce and international trade.
Daniel Jackson, president and CEO of Carroll Tomorrow and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, noted that saying goodbye and thank you is with mixed emotions.
“Brian joined the Carroll Tomorrow team at a significant time,” Jackson said. “We had just completed the Advantage Carroll campaign along with a new strategic plan for Carroll County. The goals were aggressive and ambitious, and we knew it would take a special person to help us achieve those goals.”
According to Jackson, Carroll Tomorrow has surpassed virtually all of the five-year economic development goals. Multiple projects have transferred over to 2015 with a strong outlook for additional opportunities for industry development.
“Brian came to us with strong credentials, a proven track record, and extensive contacts, and he utilized those resources along with our CT team and community leadership to put together an impressive run,” Jackson said.
Dill managed projects in 2013 that resulted in new community capital investment of $265 million, 1,000 new jobs, and the filling of 1.1 million square feet of open industrial space.
“I am extremely proud of what we accomplished during my almost 4-year tenure,” Dill said. “Our team approach to economic development paid tremendous dividends for all of Carroll County and I am appreciative and thankful to the leadership that supported our efforts.”
Loy Howard, president and CEO of Tanner Health System and chairman of Carroll Tomorrow, praised Dill as an asset to Carroll Tomorrow and the community.
“We appreciate the positive contribution he has made in our success in recruiting businesses and industry to the region,” Howard said. “We feel in his new role he can continue to be an asset and an advocate for Carroll County and west Georgia. We wish him great success in his new position.”
Dill attributes the economic development of the county to effective community leadership.
“Our community leadership should be commended for always taking into account the big picture and the wellbeing of the future of this community,” Dill said. “Effective leadership is and continues to be the hallmark of not only our community, but of both Carroll Tomorrow and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The staff and leadership of both of these organizations are second to none.”
Dill’s transition to DCA is in conjunction with the appointment of new DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles, former chief of staff for U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss.
Dill and his family, wife Carmen and son Mason, will continue to live in Carrollton.