Robbie Bennett has been promoting economic development for nearly 14 years, he has been in the Greater Augusta area for more than 9 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, the local economic development teams he has supported have announced the creation/retention of more than 4,500 jobs and $900,000,000 in capital investment. Recently, he has led the efforts for the new White Oak Business Park at I-20 and the establishment of redevelopment powers for Columbia County and the City of Harlem. His efforts and impacts in economic development are possible because of the support of his wife and daughters.
Robbie believes in the value of community involvement. He is on the executive board of the SRS Community Reuse Organization, Advisory Board of TAG Augusta, Chair of the Augusta Regional Development Alliance & CSRA Unified Development Authority, President of the Greater Augusta Arts Council, and graduate of Leadership Augusta and Leadership Columbia County. 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 was selected as Lander University's Young Alumnus of the Year and in 2019, Development Counsellors International (DCI) selected him as one of the Top 40 under 40 in Economic Development.
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.