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Bay County Economic Development Alliance Hires New Vice President

Bay County Economic Development Alliance Hires New Vice President

Bay County Economic Development Alliance (BayEDA) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Garrett Wright, who will join the BayEDA team as Vice President, working in Panama City Florida.

“I was attracted to BayEDA by the laser focus mission to create and retain high quality jobs, and the commitment level and energy Becca Hardin and Bay County leaders have in attaining that goal,” Wright said. “Bay County has great opportunity both professionally and personally, there are exciting things happening here and I am honored to be serving the community.”

Wright comes to BayEDA from Eutaw Construction Company, Inc where he performed in project management on large civil construction projects around the Southeast, including Baton Rouge, LA and Knoxville, TN. The experience in civil construction has provided him practical experience with infrastructure development and construction delivery, both of which are vital to success in economic development.
Wright has also served in Greater Hattiesburg, MS as the Director of Business Development, Economic Development at the Area Development Partnership. While at the Area Development Partnership, Wright was instrumental in numerous successful economic development projects. These economic development projects brought thousands of jobs to Greater Hattiesburg and investment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the community. Successful projects ranged from advanced manufacturing facilities, solar field developments, information technology centers, mixed-use developments, and retail development. A few notable projects include Green Bay Converting, Origis Energy and Strata Solar, General Dynamics IT, and Midtown Hattiesburg.

“I intend to apply my economic development experience to what Bay County has already set in motion with recent big wins. There is an established pipeline of job creating projects with huge potential and I am excited to be a part of that,” he said.

Wright has been actively involved with Southern Economic Development Council, Southern Miss True South Basic Economic Development Course, and United Way. Garrett, a Mississippi native, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Engineering and earned a Master’s of Science in Economic Development from The University of Southern Mississippi. In his spare time, Garrett