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Meet our team: Janet Cochran

With the opening of our north Georgia office in Ellijay this week, we officially welcomed a new team member, Janet Cochran, who will serve as a project manager leading our efforts in the northern end of the state.

Janet Cochran and her husband, Hubert, enjoying time near the water.

Janet Cochran serves the Rural Center as a project manager focusing on the state's northern rural counties, operating out of an office in Ellijay. Cochran graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, with a bachelor's in communication, launching her career in tourism marketing and development. She served the Dalton community as executive director of the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau for ten years before moving into a regional position with the Georgia Department of Economic Development as a tourism project manager in 2006. In that role, Cochran worked alongside community leaders, other state agencies and marketing professionals to promote and grow the state's tourism economy. She and her husband Hubert reside in Tunnel Hill.

What is one item that's produced in rural Georgia that you would not want to live without? " Apples!  I live close to Ellijay, Georgia's Apple Capitol, and there is nothing like apple fried pies made on site at some of the area apple houses."

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