Lawrence McKinney

Lawrence McKinney


Lawrence McKinney


Lawrence has generated over $100 million for local, regional, and multi-county economic development organizations while creating thousands of jobs for the communities he has served over a 30-year career as an economic development professional in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, and Kentucky. He has personally worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and Fortune 500 businesses, helping guide their strategic decisions.

Lawrence’s success stems from his ability to intuitively adapt to changing variables and situations for maximum impact. He possesses a proven capacity to build consensus, inspire staff and volunteers, drive progress, overcome obstacles, and achieve objectives. Truly diverse, in addition to pure EDOs, Lawrence has raised funds for interstate beautification initiatives, community meeting facilities, industrial park site acquisition, and both state and local competition athletic facilities.

His efforts have been recognized as “Best of the Best” by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, a “Top 20 EDO” by Georgia Technical Institute, and have earned him a national reputation as an innovative, visionary thought leader. He’s received the “Mayor’s Community Spirit” award in Atlanta, been named “Most Influential” multiple times by Floridian Magazine, “Business Person of the Year,” in Athens, GA, and a “Kentucky Colonel” by Governor Matt Bevin – the highest civilian honor possible.


Summary of Experience

  • His significant fundraising includes:
  • $7.1 million; Roanoke Regional Partnership in Roanoke, VA
  • $3.2 million; KYNDLE, a four-county regional EDO in Henderson, KY
  • $8 million; Team Volusia EDO, a 10- city, public-private partnership in Daytona Beach, FL
  • $3 million; Impact Athens EDO in Athens, GA
  • $2.5 million; Partners for Tomorrow EDO in Atlanta, GA
  • $5.5 million; Meriwether County IDA in Warm Springs, GA
  • $4 million; Richmond Hill CVB tourism program in Savannah, GA
  • $6 million; Columbia County Dev. Authority in Augusta, GA
  • Served as CEO of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Partnership and Halifax Area Trade Council (FL); CEO of the Impact Athens EDO (GA); CEO of Partners for Tomorrow EDO (Atlanta) and CEO of the Bryan County Development Authority and Richmond Hill CVB (Savannah).
  • One of just 15 professionals in the nation to hold both CCE and CEcD designations simultaneously.
  • Board service includes the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia and Florida Chamber Executive Associations, the prestigious Daytona 500 Checkered Flag Committee, and the Gallery Guards Committee of the Augusta National. • MBA in International Business (GA State University); BBA Economics/Finance (GA Regents University).
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