About Golden Isles Development Authority2021-09-30T08:49:54-05:00

About the Golden Isles Development Authority

The Golden Isles Development Authority (Development Authority) is the organization that is responsible for the creation of jobs and investment in Glynn County by supporting the attraction, retention, and expansion of businesses.


The Development Authority promotes Brunswick & Glynn County as the best location for our targeted businesses to relocate too. To remain competitive, we focus on developing regionals assets such as industrial parks and educational infrastructure and tailor incentive packages to attract new business and investment to the area.

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Retention & Expansion

The Coastal BEST (Business Expansion Support Team) support our local businesses to help them thrive in Brunswick & Glynn County. Members of the Coastal BEST make two visits a year to each industry. These visits are imperative in identifying challenges and opportunities for the local business community. Coastal BEST works with these businesses to connect them to local and state resources, or developing initiatives for the sustainability and growth of our region.

Growth is the natural result of increased demand and requires prompt attention to meet that demand. The Development Authority works closely with existing industries and often assists with locating/securing financing, workforce training/hiring, developing utility infrastructure, or any number of other projects.

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FY 2019-2020 Annual Report

Mission Statement of the Golden Isles Development Authority

Promote economic prosperity for Brunswick and Glynn County by assisting retention and expansion of existing industries, securing new diversified industry locations, and creating jobs opportunities and investments.


Our mission is to ensure that Brunswick and Glynn County have a strong business climate that encourages the growth of existing industries and is an attractive location for prospective businesses. The Development Authority is the organization that is tasked with the creation of jobs and investment in Glynn County through the retention, expansion, and attraction of business and industry.

The Golden Isles Development Authority supports our region’s economic growth and stability.

The Development Authority has a unique position as a liaison and can bring various organizations together to tackle even the most complex challenges to a project or economic growth. Besides supporting new or existing business expansions, we are proactive in creating programs and initiatives that support our area’s growth, including a focus on workforce development and entrepreneurship.

The Development Authority was a vital player in projects that have a significant impact on the local economy. These include, but are not limited to, The Golden Isles College & Career Academy, Coastal Pines Technical College- Brunswick, Golden Isles Airport ramp expansions, Gulfstream hangar expansion, Port of Brunswick, and The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

While we work very hard to communicate our efforts to recruit, retain, and expand businesses in the Golden Isles, open projects’ confidentiality is essential in the economic development process. If you have any questions about past announcements or on-going initiatives, please contact our team.

Organizational Core Values

  • We are dynamic, adaptable generalists. We value and respect each other’s time in and out of the office. We collaborate where possible but lead when necessary.

  • We hold ourselves accountable – good, or bad. We do not pass the buck.

  • We are bold. We act decisively and are willing to fail fast and move on. We believe none of us is as smart as all of us.

  • We listen. We seek opportunities and provide solutions by treating our customers like the individuals they are. We are stronger when we actively encourage all members of our community to contribute. We foster open-mindedness, compassion, and inclusion among the various groups we support.

Golden Isles Development Authority Staff

Ryan Moore

President & CEO

cell: 912-222-0388

Vanessa Wagner

Director of Business Development & Strategic Programs

Sherri Pruitt

Business Retention & Expansion Coordinator

Joan Hearn

Financial Administrator


office: 912-265-2269

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1505 Richmond St, 2nd Floor
Brunswick, GA 31520
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phone: 877-265-6629
email: info@goldenislesdev.com 

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