Row­ell ar­rives, wel­comed to Polk

The Standard Journal - - Business - By AGNES HAGIN

Rachel E. Row­ell, new Pres­i­dent/CEO of the De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Polk County ( DAPC), has of­fi­cially as­sumed her du­ties.

Chair­man David Wil­liams of DAPC said she has “hit the ground run­ning” since her first day on the job – Mon­day, July 7.

“We have been to At­lanta and back,” he said. “We have made ap­pear­ances at meet­ings to in­tro­duce Rachel to city and county of­fi­cials.”

These in­cluded a “meet and greet” ses­sion at Chero­kee Coun­try Club in Cedar­town where she talked with plant and lo­cal in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives.

Miguel Leal, pres­i­dent of Ki­moto Tech, was among those who met Row­ell at the Wed­nes­day event.

He men­tioned his ten­ure at Ki­moto Tech, which re­ceived the 2013 Polk In­dus­try of the Year award.

Row­ell will serve as the pri­mary con­tact for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties through the De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Polk County while pro­vid­ing sup­port to de­vel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties in Cedar­town and Rock­mart.

“We are pleased to have Rachel join our team,” Wil­liams said.

He said she has a proven eight-year track record in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially in larger, suc­cess­ful mar­kets such as Bar­tow County.

“We are con­fi­dent that Rachel’s ex­pe­ri­ence in leading Bar­tow County’s ex­ist­ing in­dus­try pro­gram, as­sist­ing with large in­dus­trial ex­pan­sions, in­dus­trial park de­vel­op­ment and non-tra­di­tional types of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment will ad­vance Polk’s goals,” he said.

Row­ell has pre­vi­ously vis­ited Polk and be­lieves it is poised for growth. She an­tic­i­pates join­ing lo­cal lead­ers in a team ef­fort to bring more jobs to the county by sup­port­ing ex­ist­ing in­dus­try ex­pan­sion and new plant lo­ca­tions.

“I am ex­cited to be here,” she said. “I look for­ward to meet­ing ev­ery­one in Polk and its cities.”

Wil­liams said Row­ell would be­come in­volved in the mar­ket­ing process of the new spec­u­la­tive build­ing now un­der con­struc­tion in Cedar­town North Busi­ness Park. The project is slated for com­ple­tion later this year.

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