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Georgia Dept of Economic Development Commissioner Named Georgia Trend’s 2023 Georgian of the Year

Georgia Trend magazine recently released its list of Most Influential Georgians for 2023. Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson was named Georgia Trend’s 2023 Georgian of the Year.

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It was 2010 and Gov. Sonny Perdue’s last legislative session had ended. And Pat Wilson was tired. He’d served as director of government affairs, promoting the legislative agenda of the first Republican elected governor in Georgia since Reconstruction, for the past three years. As you might guess, relations between the state’s legislative and executive branches weren’t exactly stress-free.

Wilson, who had worked for Perdue in D.C. as federal affairs director and before that in the offices of U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and the late Sen. Paul Coverdell, wasn’t sure what he wanted to do next. “Gov. Perdue sat down in my office and said, ‘What do you want to do?’” Wilson remembers. “I said, ‘Governor, I don’t know but I can tell you what I don’t want to do – I don’t want to be a lobbyist. I’m really tired of doing what we’re doing.’

“And he said, ‘You’ve done an amazing job selling my policies and I think it would be great if you went to sell something you love – the state of Georgia.” Read more of 2023 Georgian of the Year: Successfully Selling the State on


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