GEORGIA HIGHWAY 316:
GEORGIA’S INNOVATION CORRIDOR
Oconee County is a growing community that is working hard to preserve its friendly Southern feel. Strategically located between multiple highways (GA 15, GA 316, GA Loop 10, US 78, US 441), significant job growth has occurred within the past few years. It is no coincidence that the community’s plan for economic development activities to occur along these major corridors – as those areas have the greater infrastructure in terms of transportation and utilities.Oconee County has seen significant business ventures open across a variety of business sectors in recent months, but growth in healthcare, manufacturing, R&D and retail are all in the process of experiencing significant growth. Additional information about the community, doing business in the community, and tapping into the many assets available within the county can be found at www.BusinessInOconee.com.
John E. Daniell
Chairman, Oconee County Board of Commissioners
Director, Oconee County Planning & Code Enforcement Department
Mr. Herring has over 18 years of experience in community and economic development, land planning and project management in both the public and private sectors. During this time, Mr. Herring has publicly served or provided private professional services in six Georgia counties and fourteen municipalities.
Mr. Herring currently serves as the Director of the Oconee County Planning and Code Enforcement Department administering comprehensive planning, zoning, business license, building permitting and code enforcement for the unincorporated portions of the County as well as two municipalities. He also assists the Chamber of Commerce with the community’s economic development efforts.
Mr. Herring previously served as the Director of Economic & Community Development for Barrow County and its municipalities. In this role, he led the Economic Development efforts of the Barrow community in the recruitment of new industry, promotion and expansion of existing industry and the development of quality industrial sites. He also led the Community Development activities in the unincorporated portion of the County and in two of the County’s smaller municipalities providing services in planning, zoning, licensing, permitting, code enforcement, inspections and GIS.
He has held positions of Vice Chairman for Georgia’s Innovation Corridor Joint Development Authority, Chairman of the Northeast Georgia Joint Development Authority, as well as, a Board Member of the Sims Academy of Innovation & Technology Board of Directors.
Mr. Herring lives in Watkinsville with his wife and two children.