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Economic Development Team

Robert F. Bennett, MPA, CEcD

Executive Director | Development Authority of Columbia County
1000 Business Boulevard | Evans, GA 30809
(O): (706) 312-1371 | (M): (706) 831-6017 | (F): (706) 312-1374

Robert Bennett has been promoting economic development in the Greater Augusta area for more than 6 years.  In 2013, he became Columbia County’s economic developer, serving as the Executive Director of the Development Authority of Columbia County.  During his career in economic development he has worked for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, Augusta Economic Development Authority, and the Development Authority of Columbia County assisting companies of all shapes and sizes including Advance Industrial, Capsugel, Fuji Film Manufacturing, GIW Industries, Rural Sourcing Inc., Rockwood Pigments, Starbucks, and Urban Outfitters, to name a few.  The local economic development teams he has supported have announced the creation/retention of more than 4,100 jobs and $790,000,000 in capital investment.

Robbie believes in the value of community involvement.  He is on the board of the SRS Community Reuse Organization, Advisory Board of TAG Augusta, Augusta Regional Development Alliance, CSRA Unified Development Authority, President of the Greater Augusta Arts Council, graduate of Leadership Augusta and Leadership Columbia County, and a member of the Young Professionals of Augusta.  In 2012 he was recognized by Augusta Magazine and the Augusta Metro Chamber as one of "Augusta's Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch".  In 2015, he selected as Lander University's Young Alumnus of the Year.

Robbie holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Lander University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina.  He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). Robbie is married to Trenney Bennett and they have two beautiful daughters.


Ashley Swain

Economic Development Coordinator | Development Authority of Columbia County
1000 Business Boulevard | Evans, GA 30809
(O): (706) 312-1375 | (M): (706) 401-8051 | (F): (706) 312-1374

Ashley Swain has been an economic development professional for over five years, in which she served as the executive director of the Lincoln County Development Authority. She has also served as an active member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the CSRA Unified Development Authority and the Augusta Regional Development Alliance since 2009 and served as chairman of ARDA in 2014.

Ashley is the daughter of an Air Force Master sergeant who served his country for 20 years. This meant Ashley has lived all over the world and experienced many cultures, which has made her more well rounded. However, she has always considered the CSRA home and has a passion to see this area grow and thrive, in which she is excited to be a part.

Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is married to Chris Swain and they have a beautiful daughter, Landry Kate, and two dogs and a cat.


Ashley Haines

Office Manager & Executive Assistant to Robbie Bennett | Development Authority of Columbia County
1000 Business Boulevard | Evans, GA 30809
(O): (706) 312-1375 | (M): (706) 951-5157 | (F): (706) 312-1373

Ashley Haines has lived and worked in the Evans area since 2002.  Although new to the Economic Development team, Ashley has always been an active member of the community through her work and volunteer oppotunities.  Rain or shine, you can find her out running the canal almost every weekend.  Ashley is married to Doug Haines and they have two awesome daughters.  

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