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J.R. Charles


Connect with J.R. at the office 864-565-7849 or mobile 912-381-4466.

With more than 13 years of experience as a local economic development professional, J.R. has worked with many companies and communities to identify the best sites and resources to support a project.

A Georgia native, J.R. began his career at his hometown’s chamber of commerce where he helped clients set up their small business plans. He advanced his career over the years as a development authority executive, a county-level department head, and senior manager of a public/private economic development organization. J.R. has worked on projects across several sectors, including food processing, automotive supply, advanced manufacturing, and retail/trade. These collective experiences give him insight into how communities and companies can create mutually beneficial partnerships.

With experience working in diverse communities and IEDC education, J.R. brings a portfolio of best practices in workforce development, site readiness, and strategic planning to assist our clients. His ability to negotiate incentives, perform due diligence studies, and manage industrial location projects makes him a natural fit for the GLS team.

J.R. is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He proudly cheers for the Georgia Bulldogs, but because his wife loves the Clemson Tigers, J.R. occasionally dons a Tiger Paw in the name of marital harmony. He and his family enjoy traveling to kid-friendly destinations, tending to their half-acre home garden, and cooking meals with their harvest.