Rachel Rowell, May 2016

Rachel Rowell, president of the Development Authority of Polk County, is expected to leave her post in late June or early July 2016. 

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Rachel Rowell, president of the Development Authority of Polk County, has informed board members she will be leaving her job soon.

Her departure became evident when her husband accepted another job and the family plans to move to another part of Georgia.

A search will begin immediately to find a qualified candidate to fill to fill her position. This will assure that training for the new hire will be completed before Rowell leaves.

A job description will be available on www.PolkGeorgia.com website under Economic Development Who We Are. Once applications are received, each one will be reviewed by a search committee: Karen Nissen, Ray Carter, Britt Madden and other community leaders.

A short list – 5 to 8 people - will be developed and interviews held to cut the list down to 2 or 3 before a final selection is made, according to local officials.

Rowell assumed her position July 30, 2013 and filled the post left vacant with the departure of Eric McDonald.

She said her arrival coincided with erection of the spec building in Cedartown North Business Park. The project is ongoing as prospects continue to arrive to see this available structure.

“We have welcomed many visitors who toured this industrial space,” Rowell said. “We now have a project seriously considering the spec building and an existing industry looking to expand.”

She also noted that filling the building continues to be priority and interest has heated up during the last several weeks.

Rowell said she would never forget the welcome, support and friendship she has received since she assumed her job duties.

“It has been a great learning experience for me and I will always remember the people of Polk County,” she said. “City and county officials, local leaders and board members have offered guidance and assistance.”

She said the mission of DAPC is to pursue new jobs, economic growth and the development in Polk through assisting existing industries with expansions, as well as recruiting business development aspirations and strategies of the community as defined by board members and economic development stakeholders from the public and private sectors.