Inaugural Cherokee By Choice Ambassadors Announced

WOODSTOCK, GA  The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) welcomed their inaugural group of Cherokee By Choice (CBC) Ambassadors last week.

2024 CBC Ambassadors include Courtney Howard of Black Airplane, Barbara Corey of Wellstar Health System, Linda Coyle of Bank of America, Naceo Denney of Georgia Power Company, Will England of Cherokee County Water & Sewer Authority, Katie Pearson of Northside Hospital Cherokee, Gabe Hrib, Jr. of Cobb Industrial Inc., Zach Blend of Goshen Valley, Jonathon Chambers of Reformation Brewery, Lee Oliver of Thrive Coworking Canton/The Mill on Etowah, Amanda Rostin of Lead Edge Design, Holden Wilbanks of N.J. Wilbanks Contractor, Steve Divine of Advanced Systems Atlanta, Rick Rowland of United Community Bank, Lewis Cline of Synovus, Bill Doran of Doran Commercial Real Estate, Kayla Hall of The Board & Box Charcuterie, Emily Hardigree of The Good Group, Ashley Rowe of LGE Community Credit Union and Miranda Young of North Georgia Staffing.

CBC Ambassadors are thoughtfully selected individuals who will be champions of the work COED is doing through Cherokee By Choice, Inc. to further economic development in the community.

COED aims to engage passionate CBC Investors in promoting and supporting sustainable economic growth, innovation and community development. 2024 CBC Ambassadors will act as advocates for economic advancement, fostering collaboration between local businesses, government agencies and community members to create a thriving and inclusive economy.

CBC Ambassadors will serve a one-year term during which they will immerse themselves in economic development as a whole and how it impacts Cherokee County – beginning with an Economic Development 101 Certificate Course.

Alongside familiarizing themselves with economic development, CBC Ambassadors will engage with COED initiatives and events, including the 2024 Cherokee Film Summit, Be Pro Be Proud Georgia, the Cherokee Career Expo, Fresh Start Cherokee, New & Existing Industry interactions, CBC investor involvement and more.

Cherokee By Choice, Inc. is a non-profit organization created by COED to enhance economic development initiatives and strategies within Cherokee County and beyond. The CBC 2.0 Strategic Plan seeks to create community wealth through attracting, retaining and aligning talent; growing innovative business, investment and jobs; and developing infrastructure and product.

COED is excited to welcome their inaugural CBC Ambassadors for their 2024 term. Learn more about getting involved with CBC and COED’s initiatives at

####About the Cherokee Office of Economic Development

COED is Cherokee’s leading organization for business and film recruitment, and industry retention and expansion. For more information, visit