Guild Member Profile

Headshot of Jay Garner Past Chair

Jay Garner

President and Founder

Garner Economics, LLC.
Fayetteville, GA

Jay Garner is the president and founder of Garner Economics, LLC, an economic development and site location consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Jay is a leader and innovator in the economic development profession, having served for 40 years as both an award-winning economic development, Chamber of Commerce CEO, and site location professional. His firm assists clients throughout the world on a wide variety of projects, offering innovative, yet real-world solutions to achieve success. Jay has led over 25 trade and business development missions on four continents leading to the creation of thousands of jobs and several billion dollars in capital investment.

North America
Advanced Manufacturing Food and Beverage Logistics, Warehouse and Distribution
Anchor Glass Academy Sports Hatfield Quality Meats
Hill’s Pet Foods Marel Future Pipe Industries
EGR Automotive USA

Jay often lectures and provides counsel on creating and implementing proactive global business development strategies and tactics. He is a founding member and current chair of the board for the Site Selectors Guild, a prestigious group of the top site location consultants, globally. He is a co-author of the book, Economic Development Is Not For Amateurs!, a must-read for community leaders on how to achieve economic development success.

Jay is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees. He is also a graduate of both the Economic Development Course at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, where he is an instructor in international prospecting.