Economic development authority executive director to retire

The Augusta Economic Development Authority’s executive director will retire Dec. 31.


The authority voted unanimously Thursday to approve Walter Sprouse’s departure after its members emerged from executive session during their monthly meeting.

The Augusta EDA is responsible for recruiting new business and industry to Richmond County, and for helping ensure those businesses stay, expand and thrive.

Sprouse has been executive director since 2003. Before arriving in Augusta, he had worked in economic development and chamber of commerce positions in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Asheboro, N.C. His most recent job had been as president of his own economic development and community preparedness consulting firm.

Sprouse’s announced retirement comes months after Development Authority project managers Scott Poag and Jonathan Davis resigned within a week of each other, in March. Poag now is an Augusta-based development director for an engineering firm in Athens; Davis is the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s workforce development director.

The Chason Group, a Cartersville, Ga.-based executive search firm, already has been contracted to perform searches to fill those two positions, and likely would be contracted to find a replacement for Sprouse. The firm is headed by former Georgia Chamber of Commerce executive Tim Chason.

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