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Newsmakers in business Jan. 13

POSTED: January 13, 2013 1:00 a.m.
For The Times/

President and CEO of Jackson Electric Membership Corp. Randall Pugh, left, seen here with Gov. Nathan Deal has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Department of Economic Development by Deal.

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Jackson EMC chief Pugh named to economic development board
Randall Pugh, president and CEO of Jackson Electric Membership Corporation has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

GDED is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the state’s lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging expansion of existing industry and small businesses, developing new domestic and international markets, attracting tourism and promoting the state to the entertainment industry.

The board meets quarterly.

Pugh began his career in the power industry at Walton Electric Membership Corporation in Monroe in 1968, where he held various management positions. He became head of Jackson EMC in August 1984.

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia. He also serves on several other boards and civic organizations.

Jackson EMC is the second largest electric cooperative in the nation, headquartered in Jefferson. It serves more than 195,400 individual accounts in 10 Northeast Georgia counties.


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