Darren Harper, the long-time Project Manager for the Joint Development Authority, has received recognition in a variety of ways recently. Mr. Harper took a lead role in applying for a USDA Rural Development Grant on behalf of the Authority and the Camden County Chamber of Commerce. The grant was awarded to the JDA in July and the plans for the money are for a retail market study to better understand our local retail market and provide information to our existing local businesses as well as aid in business attraction and recruitment. In August, Darren was featured in the Tribune & Georgian for his accomplishment of earning a Development Finance Certification from the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). This process takes an average of 3-4 years and is a product of Mr. Harper’s behind-the-scenes initiatives. “It shows Darren’s commitment to the profession and to helping businesses in Camden County find creative, effective ways to finance their growth and expansion goals… We at the JDA are very proud of his commitment and grateful for his expertise,” said James Coughlin, Executive Director. At Gavel to Gavel, the Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, Mr. Harper was awarded the “Honorary Chamber Team Member” award for all of his help in assisting the Camden Chamber.

Darren Harper is an asset to not only the Joint Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce, but through them he is an asset for all of Camden County.