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Vivian Vakili to be Forsyth County's economic development director
Vivian Vakili
Vivian Vakili - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Forsyth County has announced a new employee to help draw businesses to the community.

This week, the county announced Vivian Vakili as the new economic development director. In her new role, Vakili will work on attracting businesses to the county, expanding existing businesses and helping companies navigate the processes of working with county departments. 

“Vivian’s knowledge and experience, partnered with the resources within the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority of Forsyth County, provides us the optimal team to assist existing businesses to expand, while attracting new businesses to locate in our community,” said Forsyth County Manager Eric Johnson in a news release. “These resources leverage our exceptional quality of life, low taxes, outstanding schools and highly educated workforce.”

Vakili will also oversee implementation of the county’s new comprehensive plan and will serve as the primary contact between the county and entities like the Development Authority of Forsyth County and Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, she served as development services manager in the county’s department of planning and community development and in the public and private sectors.

She received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Emory University and holds the American Institute of Certified Planners certification from the American Planning Association and the LEED Accredited Professional certification from the United States Green Building Council.