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Ronald E. Tolley, CEcD

LCDA CEO Ronald E. TolleyThe Liberty County Development Authority (LCDA) CEO, Ronald Tolley, is a 44-year veteran of economic development work covering areas such as: business research bureau studies; vocational/technical institute instructor in economic theory and management/labor relations; regional economic planning and development with a nine-county, bi-state agency and concentrated county-wide development.

Ron has bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he was inducted to three honor societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He also has a master's degree in public administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. He has been designated as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a designation achieved by only one percent of the economic developers in the United States and Canada.

Ron is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), IEDC, Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), CoreNet Global and Georgia Planning Association (GPA). He is a Past-President of the Middle Coastal Unified Development Authority (MCUDA).

Carmen Cole

LCDA Director of Finance and Administration Carmen ColeCarmen Cole, Director of Administration & Finance for the LCDA, maintains all administrative and financial information, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and internal financial statements. She handles grants administration and financial reporting requirements for state and federal grants and industrial revenue bonds. Carmen is also responsible for managing numerous construction and maintenance projects such as Tradeport Business Center, Authority building projects and MidCoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield. In addition, Carmen oversees management of industrial property maintenance and the water/sewer system that serves many Liberty County industries.

Carmen has an associate's degree in accounting and 19 years of office management experience with both corporate and government entities.

Rena Middleton

Rena Middleton, LCDA’s administration and finance assistant, is responsible for assisting the director of administration and finance with administrative and financial projects to ensure timely responses to clients, vendors, board members and other agencies. In addition to these projects, she processes accounts payable invoices, prepares accounts receivable invoices, reviews and maintains accounts receivable listings, and prepares monthly bank reconciliations for the Authority’s funds, Property Owners Association and MidCoast Regional Airport.

Rena has more than 35 years experience in business development and customer service with concentration in workforce, higher education and community partnerships.

Diana Reid

LCDA Office Assistant Diana ReidDiana Reid, receptionist/office assistant for the LCDA, is responsible for answering and directing all general incoming calls for the Authority, providing initial reception and assistance to visitors by responding to questions, providing published literature and tourism and welcome packets and directing in-person inquiries to the proper person or agency. She also assists with accounts receivable, maintains usage calendars for building facilities, conducts office errands and other duties as needed.

Diana is currently pursuing her post-secondary education with a concentration in computer sciences. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the public sector.


Pat Watkins

Pat Watkins, marketing and program manager, changed careers in the summer of 201
8 after more than 40 years in the newspaper industry, primarily community newspapers in Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana and Georgia. He graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism – news editorial sequence from the University of Kansas’ William Allen White Journalism School (now school of mass communications).

At LCDA he is responsible for communicating between the agency and public and existing and potential industries, as well as supporting the staff in our attempts to attract and keep jobs in the county.