The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce has a new member in charge of bringing more tech businesses to Forsyth and working on the needs of those already here.
Scott Evans was recently hired as the chamber’s new senior project manager for technology. Evans said a significant portion of the county works in technology fields outside the county and wants to increase the number of local jobs.
“There are 70,000 people that leave Forsyth County that go to Atlanta to work, and that’s the traffic that you see driving up Ga. 400,” Evans said. “You can see a huge majority of the people that leave Forsyth County work in a high-tech sector. They go to Atlanta. They go to Fulton County to work.”
Evans said he would be targeting tech firms to encourage them to move to the county.
“We always recruit all other sectors, but as we’re growing as a chamber, as a county, this is the first time that we have segmented economic development,” he said. “Because of that pay gap and the number of people going to Atlanta, the county decided that this would be their first target.”
Evans has previously worked as a management consultant, a chamber executive and has backgrounds in management coaching and IT system designs.
Beginning in late March, Evans plans to begin hosting a group of leaders from existing technology businesses to learn about their needs and concerns.
“Basically, what I am looking for is the executives that run the hi-tech companies here that are already in Forsyth County [and] to get them under one roof and meeting together on a regular basis,” he said. “This is a very long process if you’re considering moving a company, so the best [way] you can make it attractive is by telling the story of those that are living and working here.”
Evans recommended any interested business officials reach out to him. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org by calling the chamber at 770-887-6461.