Brooks Mathis is an economic development professional with experience in project management, business recruitment and site selection. He works with clients to create and implement strategic plans geared to recruitment of large and small businesses, innovation centers, and retail and entertainment providers.
He brings a unique focus to job creation; workforce development, tourism and community marketing.
He has extensive experience at the state, local and regional levels, having served in all capacities as an economic developer. He led or assisted other communities with project recruitments including corporate relocations as well as existing industry expansions.
Mathis played a key role in Cobb County’s negotiations with the Atlanta Braves and their development of SunTrust Park and the Battery Atlanta, which is now home to regional headquarters for Comcast, as well as Thyssenkrupp and its innovation center.
He was involved in Cobb’s recruitment of Home Depot’s Technology Campus, Aaron’s, Inc., Vonage Business Solutions, Infosys, Genuine Parts Corporation, RaceTrac and HD Supply.
Mathis has closed more than 150 economic development projects for Cobb County and the State of Georgia.
Prior to joining Cobb, he worked as an economic development professional for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, where he served as a Regional Project Manager focused on business recruitment and expansion in Northwest Georgia. He also served as a Statewide Project Manager for Electric Cities of Georgia, where his work included recruitment or expansion of key businesses, including Shaw, Mohawk, Pirelli Tire of North America, Suzuki Manufacturing of America, TOYO Tires and F&P Georgia.
He most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Economic Development at the Cobb Chamber and Executive Director of SelectCobb, Cobb’s public-private partnership focused on a community-wide strategy to bring jobs and millennials to the county.
During his eight years in Cobb, he worked with State and community leaders to create and retain more than 24,000 jobs, yielding more than $3 billion in new private investment.
He assisted in the launch of Cobb’s first Business Incubator, as well as redevelopment efforts with a focus on urban planning and attracting new businesses and jobs, both of which increased employment levels and reduced crime.
Mathis has served as Chairman of Cobb Travel & Tourism’s Board of Directors since 2017 and has served on the boards of CobbWorks, Georgia Economic Developers Association, and Darlington School.
He was selected as Georgia’s Top 40 Under 40 by Georgia Trend Magazine, as well as one of the publication’s Most Notable Georgian’s.
A native of Rome, Georgia, Mathis earned his bachelor’s degree from Shorter
College and resides in Midtown Atlanta.
His areas of experience include:
- Economic Development
- Community Development/Redevelopment
- Workforce Development
- Community & Urban Planning
- Small Business & Innovation
- Incentive Negotiations and Beneficial Tax Zones
- Public Affairs
- Marketing & Branding
- Strategic Planning and Analysis
- Travel & Tourism
- College Engagement
- Setting-up and starting new 501c3 programs
- Chambers of Commerce
Contact Brooks at: firstname.lastname@example.org