COVINGTON -- Shannon Davis, director of business and workforce development for the Office of Economic Development, has resigned effective Thursday.
The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce issued a press release announcing Davis' departure on Tuesday.
"It's a good time for me to make a change, personally and professionally. Covington/Newton is a wonderful community and I have had a tremendous time serving at the forefront of some of our most exciting changes," Davis said. "The Chamber of Commerce and Office of Economic Development are powerful engines for this community and it's businesses and I'm proud to have been a part of the organization. I look forward to hearing all the great things that will continue to happen and am excited to explore new opportunities for me."
Davis has been with the Chamber of Commerce for six years, starting out assisting visitors at the front desk, eventually becoming director of economic development and most recently, director of business and workforce development.
"I can't begin to tell you how much value Shannon has brought to this community and to our industry leaders," said Chamber President Hunter Hall. "In many ways she has been the hub that has spun the wheel of economic development in Newton. She is a class act and consummate professional. While we might replace her position, we will not be able to replace Shannon. Although we're excited for Shannon and her future there have been plenty of tears shed the last several weeks here at the Chamber."
Davis' work focused on helping existing industries in the county continue to be successful and working with agencies and education partners to provide a qualified workforce for industries, according to the press release.
Hall said Davis is the leader of the Chamber's workforce development efforts, having organized the first Workforce Development Summit last year. The summit addressed how to make sure the local workforce is qualified to meet industry demands.
Davis was also instrumental in recruiting Baxter International, Hall said.
"Shannon was the point person on the Baxter deal all the way through. It was 100 percent hers. She has not gotten any credit for that, and she deserves it."
Davis also served as chair for the Employee Committee at the Department of Labor, chair of the Existing Industry Council at the Chamber, is a member of the College and Career Academy Board and chairs the Newton Education Foundation, a nonprofit that raises private funds to assist with scholarships for local public school teachers.
Senior vice President for Economic Development Roger Harrison will take on Davis' position until it is filled. The position has been posted on the Georgia Economic Developers Association and Southern Economic Development Council websites.