Rural Prosperity Council

Dennis Chastain

Georgia EMC, Chair

Matt Reed

Georgia CEO, Vice Chair

For many of the state’s counties, economic prosperity has dwindled and many communities are slowly dying.


The Georgia Chamber recognized this opportunity and established the Rural Prosperity Council to champion the needs of rural Georgia across a spectrum of economic development and quality of life issues. Recent data clearly identified that over 1/3 of rural Georgia counties will lose population over the coming years. To reverse this trend, we must implement more aggressive ways to promote, educate, and advocate for rural communities and businesses.

This council has four subcommittees: Rural Incentives, Defense Communities, Talent and Higher Education, and Homegrown Entrepreneurship. It will focus on continuing to expand economic development programming that highlights unique places in Georgia and connects existing resources to coordinate efforts.