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Lisa S. Collins, CEcD, EDFP, PCED

Executive Director

With over 21 years of community and economic development experience, Lisa has a strong, proven track record of success.  She has worked in both large and small communities devising and developing economic development strategies and communicating them into clear, concise methodologies.  Lisa is also proficient in building relationships with a broad range of stakeholders by identifying and aligning mutual interests to develop long-term partnerships and further organizational goals.


In 2006,  Lisa was recruited by the Charles and Catherine B. Rice Foundation in Atlanta GA to spearhead and implement a 50 year comprehensive community and economic development revitalization plan in southwest Georgia.  Called Early County 2055, since the program's inception, over $50 million has been infused into the economy, and Collins was able to meet all of the goals of the program's first five year strategy.


Prior to her work with the Rice Foundation,  she was president and chief executive officer of UPtown Columbus, Inc., a non-profit organization in Columbus, GA, where she facilitated economic revitalization initiatives throughout the city's central business district, riverfront, and overall downtown area. She was also senior vice president of governmental affairs and transportation at the Greater Columbus GA Chamber of Commerce, working closely with governmental, business and community leaders on issues affecting economic development and quality of life in the region.

In June 2012, Collins was one of 30 people chosen from across the United States to attend the White House Rural Council's Regional Innovation in Rural America Forum in Washington, D.C.  Participants were chosen based on their outstanding efforts to promote economic development strategies, and were invited to share their experiences with significant leadership within the Presidential Administration.


Lisa is a sought after instructor and speaks regularly on topics such as economic development strategic planning, conducting community assessments, and asset-based community and economic development.   She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED), and is an active member of the International Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, the GA Economic Developers Association, and the Council of Development Finance Agencies.


Contact Lisa @ lisacollins@cookcountyedc.com



Andi Dickerson

Executive Assistant

Andi was born in Adel, GA and is a lifelong resident Cook County. Upon graduating from Cook High School, Andi attended the Ramp School of Ministry in Hamilton, AL to gain a deeper relationship with Christ and to allow God to direct her career path. Andi returned to Cook County in 2012 and attended Wiregrass Georgia Technical College where she received her Associate's degree in Marketing Management. Andi is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree from Valdosta State University.


Aside from her work with Cook County EDC, Andi served as an ambassador for the Georgia Watermelon Association as the 2016 Georgia Watermelon Queen. She spent the year visiting schools, military bases, news stations, and grocery stores to help educate consumers on the importance of the watermelon industry as well as the agriculture industry as a whole. Andi received the chance to travel up the east coast and in to Canada to gain first hand knowledge from growers about the agricultural industry and the new technologies helping to improve the way we grow our food. 


Contact Andi @ andidickerson@cookcountyedc.com



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