William Edwards, Georgia Power Foundation

TITLE: Metro North Region External Affairs Manager

FOCUS AREAS: Health & human services, education improvement, environmental stewardship, arts and culture, civic & community

CONTACT: 706-995-4722, weedward@southernco.com

PROFILE: William Edwards is the region external affairs manager Georgia Power Foundation for the Metro North region of the state. This includes Forsyth and Gwinnett counties in Georgia. He has been in this position since October 2013 and is based in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Edwards previously worked as the senior community development manager for Georgia Power for 29 years and also served on the board of directors for CSRA Regional Commission for 17 years.

His professional bio shares:

As Georgia Power’s community and economic development manager in the East Region, Mr. Edwards supports local communities through leadership development, strategic planning, existing industry retention and expansions, and with new companies considering an expansion or relocation to the area. He works with development authorities, chambers, convention and visitors bureaus and local governments throughout the region.

William began his career at Georgia Power in 1984 as a Sales Engineer in the Marketing department, later serving as Sales Supervisor. He joined the Economic Development team in1995 as a regional economic development representative before accepting the position as Waynesboro Area Manager. He returned to Community & Economic Development in 2009, working in the East Region of the state.

William is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, serves on the local Regional Commission’s board of directors, and works with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Red Carpet Tour at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta. He has served on the boards of local chambers of commerce, community and cultural organizations and development authorities, and he is a member of the Central Savannah River Area Unified Development Council. William also has a broad knowledge of the company’s Plant Vogtle expansion project.

William holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.