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Feature Wharton Named Program Director for Georgia Centers of Innovation terling G. Wharton has been named Program Director for Georgia’s Centers of Innovation (COI) program, which pairs highgrowth, technology-oriented businesses and entrepreneurs with applied research, technology connections and technology commercialization expertise to foster economic growth. The six Centers of Innovation offer industry-relevant research and a network of university and technical talent to industries within Georgia’s strategic industries. These strategic industries include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture, energy, life sciences and logistics. Wharton will manage a team of 20 staff members, coordinating all the activities of the centers and enabling them to work effectively as a team with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), which houses the COI program. He will focus on program management and business development, forming strategic relationships and developing the various industries’ assets and resources. Wharton will work with the individual centers’ directors to coordinate strategic planning and strengthen their connections with Georgia’s university system, government organizations and communities. He will also work to coordinate the response to industry-wide technology challenges, develop thought leadership within Georgia’s strategic industries and increase the visibility of the centers. “Sterling’s expertise in growing businesses will be a great asset to the Centers of Innovation,” said Greg Torre, director of the Small Business & Innovation Division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). “The program has unlimited potential to help our small businesses by connecting them with research and technology that will help them grow, and Sterling’s deep experience in S business development will help them build on their previous successes.” Wharton comes to the Centers of Innovation with an extensive background as an organizational leader. With educational degrees from Georgia State and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has consistently been successful at improving operations, increasing revenue, expanding market shares and promoting dynamic market growth. He has most recently served as the CEO for Unitrends in Columbia, S. C. At Unitrends, Wharton improved monthly revenue by more than 500 percent, virtually doubling year-over-year revenue growth for two consecutive years, while more than doubling gross margins. At Alteon WebSystems, where he was Director of Worldwide Channels & Business Partners, he spearheaded a highly successful Channel and Partner strategy launching industryleading channel program securing more than 200 premier partners in all regions of the world. He also led expansion into international markets that generated more than $100 million in revenue. Most recently, Wharton has served as Entrepreneur-inResidence for the Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC). ■ About the Centers of Innovation Program The Centers of Innovation program, created in 2003 by Governor Sonny Perdue, is comprised of six centers for strategic industry growth and development: agriculture, aerospace, energy, life sciences, logistics and manufacturing, located respectively in Tifton, Eastman, Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah and Gainesville. Among the services they provide to Georgia businesses are access to university-level research and development, product commercialization, industry-specific business counsel, and client connections to research grants and potential investor networks. For more information, visit Searching for Bargains? The Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) Surplus Property Program redistributes state and federal surplus property for the state of Georgia. This property is available for a fraction of its value to all state and local governments and to eligible non-profit organizations. E-mail p ppy gg or visit us on the Web at 2072 North Bibb Drive Tucker, GA 30084-6233 770-414-6468 Stretch your budget dollars with Surplus Property! Atlanta Distribution Center Americus Distribution Center 810 South Georgia Tech Parkway Americus, GA 31709-8100 229-931-2407 Swainsboro Distribution Center 713 Kite Road Swainsboro, GA 30401-5739 478-289-2623 307503_georgia.indd 1 OCTOBER 2008 5/1/08 91 9:00:44 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - October 2008

Georgia County Government - October 2008
President's Message
County Matters
South Georgia's Agricultural Heartland Welcomes Economic Diversity, High-Tech Research
What Do You Know About the State's 2008 Constitutional Amendments?
Union County's New Hope Clinic
Counties and the Law: U.S. Supreme Court Increases Burden on Defending Age Claims
Cyber Security Awareness
Are Animal Control Costs Out of Control?
Dave Wills Joins ACCG Staff
Executive DRIVE is the Pinnacle of Gwinnett's Leadership Institute
Preventative Medical Program Succeeds in Chatham County
DCA's Planning & Quality Growth Office Reveals New Regional Planning Approach
Implementation of Georgia's Security & Immigration Compliance Act
The Roundabout: Glynn County's Newest Approach to Traffic Management
Governor Urges Preparation for Digital TV Transition
The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership
Wharton Named Program Director for Georgia Centers for Innovation
Army Ranger Turned Police Officer Attends CDP Training
ACCG Staff Attends National Conference of State Legislatures Summit
ACCG Editor, Forsyth County PIO Garner NACIO Awards
GDEcD News: Tourism Grants; Scan-Tech to Expand
Benefit News: GEBCorp Marks Eight Years of Retirement Benefits
Georgia's Courthouses and the American Renaissance
Extension News: Georgia 4-H Impacts Student Achievement, Leadership
Research Center: Best Methods for Creating Ordinances in Your County
CCAP Corner: Walter F. Rosso, Cusseta-Chattahoochee County
NACo News: Association Sponsors 'Green' Competitions
Beth Bradley Joins ACCG Staff
County Parade
Index of Advertising

Georgia County Government - October 2008