SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Steven Weathers was just announced as the new president of the Savannah Economic Development Authority. He is the president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership of Toledo, Ohio.
SEDA's Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the recommendation from SEDA's Succession Planning Committee to name Weathers as its next president and CEO.
Weathers is credited for bringing more than 7,000 jobs and $2.2 billion in new construction under is current position. Previously, Weathers served as the president of Greater Tuscon Economical Council and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.
"Steven Weathers has been a dynamic force in economic development for more than 20 years," said Tommy Hester, chairman of the SEDA board of directors, in a statement. "We look forward to him bringing new leadership, remarkable enthusiasm and a vast knowledge of economic development to Savannah as we continue to attract major investment from manufacturing, assembly and logistics industries, while also expanding our economy in new ways."
Weathers will begin Nov. 8.
Lynn Pitts who was the acting president of SEDA since Rick Wingers retirement was a finalist for the position.
"Lynn has demonstrated invaluable leadership as SEDA's senior vice president and interim CEO," Hester said in a statement. "We look forward to his continued contribution in the role as SEDA's senior vice president. Our staff at SEDA has always been considered and in fact is one of the highest regarded and most effective economic development teams in the Country. Steve's addition to the team's already strong leadership group will undoubtedly enhance our ability to attract additional investment and jobs to our region."