The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GdeCD) is a state agency that works to create jobs and investment opportunities in Georgia. It strives to attract new commercial investment, expand existing industries, locate new markets for Georgian products, and promote and finance entertainment projects produced in the state. GdeCD also supports the arts, industry, commerce, innovation, cinema and tourism, recognizing the impact that these areas have on the economy and people of Georgia. Pat Wilson is the Commissioner of GdeCD and is responsible for leading the team in planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.
He holds a degree in political science with a focus on international relations from the University of Georgia. As Commissioner, he directs the state agency responsible for creating jobs and investment opportunities in Georgia by hiring and expanding businesses, growing small businesses, international trade and tourism, as well as the art, film and music industries. The Office of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment was established in 1973 to develop and promote the state industries of feature films, television, commercials, music videos, recorded music and digital media. It is available both for traditional film projects and new industries such as game development and animation. The Tourism Division of GdeCD helps individual visitors and groups discover vacation options in Georgia and helps them plan their stay. The International Trade Division works closely with companies in Georgia that seek global markets and with international firms that seek to establish themselves in the United States or obtain American business partners. The Department of Economic Development is also responsible for managing and coordinating the City's small business and economic development programs to foster a strong local economy, stimulate business and job growth, and provide a better quality of life in Savannah.
GdeCD supports small businesses through direct business relationships, resource knowledge, B2B opportunities and local business development. In conclusion, GdeCD promotes Georgia to the world by encouraging business investment and trade, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a reference place for cinema, music, digital entertainment and the arts. It works to create and maintain a diversified economy by integrating and supporting these areas collectively.