Heather Zimmerman Aquino, Division Director
The Physical and Economic Development Division (PED) performs budget and policy analysis and planning for the Governor related to economic development and infrastructure, workforce development, and natural resources. In conducting budget and policy analysis and planning, PED assists in the development and monitoring of agency budgets and policies for executive and legislative review. In addition, the division analyzes laws proposed by the General Assembly and responds to inquiries from the general public, legislators, and state agencies.
Physical and Economic Development Areas
Economic Development and Infrastructure
One of the aims of Georgia's government is to improve the economic status of the state and its citizens through efforts such as the direct recruitment of business, aid to existing industry, and the development of infrastructure necessary for growth. This division analyzes and makes recommendations on economic development policies and conducts budget analysis of related agencies.
One key to economic development is the creation of a workforce that is skilled, knowledgeable, self-sufficient, and competent enough to be efficient in meeting the demands of the current workplace with the ability to adapt to new technologies and changes in industry.
Georgia has been blessed with remarkable natural resources that, when properly managed, can produce a quality living environment as well as opportunities for economic growth and development. Agencies within the natural resources area are charged with the management of these resources and the regulation of industries that impact the environment.