Congratulations on the successful public kickoff of the Forward Habersham Campaign to Habersham Partnership for Growth Chair and Forward Habersham Partnership for Growth Campaign Co-chair Brian Horton (Ameris Bank); his fellow Campaign Co-Chairs Wade Rhodes (Norton Mountain Properties), and John Borrow (McDonald’s); and Habersham Partnership for Growth Executive Director Tim Lee! As announced to 130+ business and community leaders at the public kickoff event, hosted by North Georgia Technical College last Wednesday, the private-public partnership has already raised $1,040,000 (52%) towards the $2M campaign stretch goal during the “quiet phase.” We’re in the home stretch!

Attendees had an opportunity to learn about the Partnership’s five-year economic development private-public- initiative; which will foster inclusive job-creating investment in the County.

In addition to remarks from Lee and Horton, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Ward Black, Sr., the Deputy Commissioner, Rural Georgia Initiatives of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Amy Carter, and Senior Advisor of Economic Development Charles Gatlin also spoke at the Kickoff about the importance of public-private partnerships in job creation and workforce development.

Development Director Kevin Donovan and the rest of our team at POWER 10 are pleased to have worked with the aforementioned and other key Habersham County leaders, and we look forward to a successful conclusion to the campaign in the coming months!

Click here to read more about this event from the Northeast Georgian newspaper.


Dr. Mark Ivester, President of North Georgia Technical College (and the host of the event) with POWER 10 Development Director Kevin Donovan.

HPG kickoff guest with Stacy Hall (Chairman of the Habersham County Commission) and Alan NeSmith (Publisher of The Northeast Georgian newspaper).

Featured speakers Amy Carter, Deputy Commissioner, Rural Georgia Initiatives, Georgia Department of Economic Development and Charles Gatlin – Senior Advisor, Economic Development, Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Featured speaker Gary W. Black – Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture.


Campaign progress announcement by HPG Chair and Forward Habersham Co-Chair Brian Horton.

Amity Farrar (EVP) and Sean Mikula (CEO) of POWER 10 with Habersham Partnership for Growth Executive Director Tim Lee.