Burke County Development Authority. 241 East 6th Street, Waynesboro, GA 30830, Office: 706.554.2923,  Fax: 706.554.7091

Meet Our Team



Jessica Hood joined the Development Authority of Burke County as Executive Director in July 2015.  She has worked in economic development in the state of Georgia for nearly 10 years.  She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from Georgia Southern University with a minor in Regional Development.  Jessica also earned a Masters in Business Adminstration from Georgia Southern University.  She is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, Leadership Liberty, Leadership Burke, and Leadership Southeast Georgia.  Jessica is also the Committee Chair for Sponsorships for the Georgia Economic Developers Association, and serves on the Waynesboro Rotary Club board as Secretary.  She is currently pursuing an Economic Development Finance Professional certification through the National Development Council.

OFFICE MANAGER - Stephanie Folker

Stephanie Folker has been with the Development Authority of Burke County since 2012.  Prior to joining the Authority in 2012, Stephanie served as International Sales Assistant at a local book distributor for 9 years.  Stephanie is responsible for daily office operations at the DABC, including coordination of accounts payable/receivable,  administrative preparation for client meetings and visits, and correspondence with community and regional partners.  She also provides support services for the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, and serves as the primary point of contact for Visitor Center inquiries.  Stephanie is currently enrolled in the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

board of directors

CHAIRMAN - W.H. Harper, Jr. (Retired, Capitol City Bank)

VICE CHAIRMAN - Preston Connor (President, Southern Bank)

William Hopper (Retired, Burke County Board of Commissioners)

Clint Meeks (Owner, Liberty Square Pharmacy)

Cam Parker (Area Manager, Georgia Power Company)

Charles Green, Jr. (Vice President, C&C Concrete and Grading)

-Vacant Seat-

Beverly Black - Secretary to the Board

Merv Waldrop - Advisor to the Board

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Recent News

Galaxy Expanding in Waynesboro
Oct. 4, 2017 - A boom in online retail sales for major customers has… READ MORE

Burke Moves Up in National Rankings
Jun. 21, 2017 - Burke County’s reputation as an area ready for industrial growth… READ MORE

Development Authority Reports Record Activity in Fiscal Year 2016
Nov. 30, 2016 - The Development Authority of Burke County (DABC) has an extensive… READ MORE