SPEAKER

Kevin Johnson, CEcD

Senior Vice President
Invest Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Invest Atlanta is the official economic development agency for the City of Atlanta. Its purpose is to increase opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta by strengthening its economy and global competitiveness. Utilizing successful marketing and business attraction strategies by influencing and advising sound zoning/planning strategies and financial incentives to create jobs and expand the local tax base. Kevin works on developing and implementing strategies to drive economic growth and development, support relationships with civic, business, governmental and economic development stakeholder constituents. An accomplished President and Vice-President in his Economic Development career, his capabilities have generated significant capital investment and job creation at the St. Joe Company (FL) 2009-2011, Research Triangle Park(NC) 2005-2009, Greater Phoenix(AZ) Economic Council 2002-2005 and High Point(NC) Economic Development Corporation 1992- 2000.

Kevin's career has been ever expanding starting in the planning department in Anderson, SC which exposed him to the primary impacts of zoning on the economic structure and tax base implications on cities and towns to leading the business development efforts for the largest research and science park in the western hemisphere- the world renowned Research Triangle Park. The capital investment and job creation results over the last 10 years of Kevin's career are stunning: Nearly $10.4 Billion in Capital Investment and 14,000 new jobs.

Professional and leadership development is extremely important in the life of a high achieving executive. Kevin has been recognized by his peers by being selected to serve on the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) from 2005- 2010. He also has served on the boards of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, and the Fiesta Bowl Committee to name a few. He frequently lectures at a number of professional conferences and teaches at professional development courses including the Basic Economic Development Course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Most recently he lectured on "Small Business Development and Entrepreneurial Strategies". Kevin has a bachelor's degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from South Carolina State University and earned his Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD) from IEDC in 1996. He has received numerous professional and community awards.

The scope of his experience, results and resources span virtually all aspects of economic development which places Kevin D. Johnson among the leaders in the Economic Development profession.