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Camden County Joint Development Authority Staff

Camden County Georgia Economic DevelopmentJames Coughlin, Executive Director

James grew up along Florida’s Gulf Coast and immediately felt at home when he arrived here in beautiful coastal Georgia. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate work and later the University of Georgia, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer.

James comes to Camden from Rome, Georgia, where he served as the Director of Professional Recruitment and Retention for Floyd Medical Center. In this role James traveled the Southeast region, recruiting physicians to the northwest Georgia area. James was a 2011 graduate of Leadership Rome and in 2013 he was the Governor’s Appointee to the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

James lives in Kingsland with his wife, Diane, and daughter, Autumn. He believes that above all else, people are the greatest asset this community has to offer.

Darren Harper, Project Manager

Darren Harper is the Project Manager for the Camden County Joint Development Authority. Prior to joining the Authority, Darren was the Director of the City of Kingsland Economic Development Department as well as Secretary/Director of the Kingsland Development Authority from 2006-2014.

Darren supports the Executive Director of the Authority in all facets of community economic development including business attraction, business retention and expansion efforts, project funding, incentive development strategies and many other duties.  Darren also assist other community partners including downtown development authorities, chamber of commerce, local governments, and non-profits in local community and economic development efforts.

Darren graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation in 1993. He received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council in 2009, Professional Community Economic Developer certification from the Community Development Council in 2017 and Development Finance Certified Professional certification from the Council of Development Finance Agencies in 2020.

Matt Garner, Executive Assistant

Matt Garner was hired in December of 2019, and he performs administrative tasks for the Joint Development Authority. Matt is a life-long resident of Camden County and he holds a degree in Business Administration from The College of Coastal Georgia. He is a current member of the Planning and Zoning Board for the city of Kingsland and prior intern at the Camden County Chamber of Commerce.