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FEATURE: Dawn Malin Named New President/CEO of McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority

Category: Economic Development

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

June 2018 – The Board of Directors of the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority, chaired by Chris Harper, announced last week that Dawn Malin has been named the new President/CEO to replace Wally Orrel, who is retiring.

Ms. Malin comes to McIntosh County from the Folkston and Charlton counties area, where she served as the CEO of the joint Economic Development Authority in that area. She was also the chief executive officer of the Okefenokee Chamber of Commerce. 

She is a member of World Trade Center-Savannah (WTC), which in recent years has expanded to include all of the Coastal Georgia counties in efforts to bring international companies to the region, and to help local companies trade internationally. 

Ms. Malin is also chairman of the Southeast Georgia Alliance, a six-county regional partnership working to market and promote investment, business and manufacturing opportunities in the Southeast Georgia region.

She told The Darien News, “There are a lot of similarities between Charlton and McIntosh and there are some differences. They are small communities and the people know each other. There is that community special history of the people and their roots.”

About McIntosh County

The region's population grew by 5.4% from 2012 to 2017, now projected to be 87,109 of 2017. McIntosh’s population is expected to increase by 4.0% between 2017 and 2022, adding 6,900.

From 2012 to 2017, jobs increased by 8.9% in Greater Southeast Georgia Region from 813,338 to 885,639. This change outpaced the national growth rate of 7.2% by 1.7%, according to the Economic Development Authority.  As the number of jobs increased, the labor force participation rate decreased from 61.4% to 61.0% between 2012 and 2017.

Only 16.7% of the selected regions' residents possess a Bachelor's Degree (1.7% below the national average), and 8.5% hold an Associate's Degree (0.6% above the national average).

The top three industries in the county in 2017 were Restaurants and Other Eating Places, Federal Government, Military, Education and Hospitals. 




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