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Economist resigning to work for Ga. Tech

Alfie Meek

Alfie Meek

LAWRENCEVILLE — The man who helped bring NCR to Gwinnett is leaving the county for a job with his alma mater.

Alfie Meek, who has served as Gwinnett’s economic development director and forecaster for eight years, will leave at the end of the week to become director of community innovation services for the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech.

“I have met and worked alongside some amazing individuals and community leaders, and I hope that they will accept my offer to continue to engage and assist this community any way I can,” Meek said in a press release, after announcing the job on Facebook.

Meek earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgia Tech before going on to earn a doctorate from the University of Georgia. He also teaches a course in advanced multivariate statistics at Georgia Gwinnett College.

“Throughout his career here, Alfie has played an important role in many of the financial and economic successes we’ve experienced,” Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said. “His work will have a lasting and positive impact on the county. We wish him well in his new endeavor.”

Officials did not say if Meek would be replaced, as there is a 90-day freeze on any vacant county position.

“The economic development and research staff that we have in place at the county is second to none,” County Administrator Glenn Stephens said. “I have complete confidence in their ability to continue to build on the reputation in economic development and redevelopment established under Alfie’s leadership. The tradition of sophisticated economic and fiscal analysis that supports multiple facets of the county’s operations is in good hands.”