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Economic Development Manager | Gwinnett County
Mark Farmer is an Economic Development Manager with Gwinnett County, Georgia. Part of a team of three charged with enhancing economic development in Gwinnett, Farmer focuses on redevelopment and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining the county team in January 2017, he was for six years the Director of Entrepreneurship & Information Services for Partnership Gwinnett, a public-private economic development initiative. Before taking on entrepreneurship support, Farmer served for three years as Partnership Gwinnett’s Research Manager.
Farmer came to Partnership Gwinnett with 20 years of business experience, including several as an entrepreneur with Words & Pictures, a writing and photography business he owned. His clients included Emory University’s Public Health magazine, Georgia Tech, and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
In addition to starting his own business, Farmer has also held public relations and photography positions in academia and transit, paralegal positions with a technology firm and top Atlanta law firm, and editing roles with two city newspapers. Farmer holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in economic development policy from Georgia Tech.