The Georgia Economic Developers Association recognized the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority for an “outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in Georgia” at its November Awards luncheon on Monday, November 26. The Joint Development Authority was recognized for the Hanwha Q CELLS project that was announced on May 30, 2018. Pat Wilson, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development, presented the award to Carl Campbell, Executive Director, Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority, members of Hanwha Q CELLS, along with a number of other Dalton-Whitfield County officials. Earlier in the day, Governor Nathan Deal welcomed the group to his office for his congratulations and a photograph.

The Hanwha Q CELLS project will create more than 500 jobs and invest $150 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility in Dalton. Having a graded site in a GRAD-certified park was key to allowing Dalton-Whitfield to be part of the discussion to begin with, and its ability to move fast and keep the company on track regarding permitting and construction helped it prevail.

About the Award

This is now the twelfth year that GEDA has recognized the major projects from the previous year. In what has become a major portion of the Annual Awards Ceremony – GEDA recognizes recipients in four categories:

* SMALL – a county with population 50,000 and under,

* MID-SIZE – a county with population 50,001 – 100,000,

* LARGE – a county with population over 100,000,

* REGIONAL – any multi-county effort.

The Deal of the Year Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the location or expansion of new businesses in the state of Georgia that meet community economic development goals and involve significant community program support, such as financial or permitting assistance, workforce development, state financial support, etc.

About GEDA

The Georgia Economic Developers Association is a nonprofit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit