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Southern Company Manager, Governmental Affairs & Economic Development in Savannah, Georgia

Manager, Governmental Affairs & Economic Development


Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to leverage relationships with local governmental officials and community leaders to ensure a positive operating environment and reputation for Atlanta Gas Light. Within a defined territory, the Manager is an experienced company liaison with municipal, business, economic development and community leaders. The Manager also coordinates communication of capital/infrastructure projects with key stakeholders. Additionally, this position responds to state-wide Economic Development Infrastructure requests for information

Functional Expertise:

  • Responsible for leveraging relationships built with local government, business, economic development and community leaders to ensure a positive operating environment and reputation for AGLC.

  • Responsible for researching plans for significant AGLC capital/infrastructure projects and developing and executing plans for communicating project details with key stakeholders.

  • Responsible for serving as the state-wide Economic Development liaison for Atlanta Gas Light, supporting numerous high-profile projects each year for local, state, and utility-based Economic Development organizations

  • Responsible for coordinating high-level responses for natural gas infrastructure availability, capability, cost, and timing to prospective companies, economic development authorities and state and utility economic development project managers

  • Responsible for advising communities on needs to build or increase investment in utility infrastructure in order to foster economic growth. Advocate on behalf of communities to AGL for capital improvement.

  • Responsible for providing leadership and expertise on complex commercial and industrial expansions and relocations and other volunteer activities.

  • Responsible for supporting public presence/community involvement initiatives

Business Acumen:

  • Manages involvement with local associations and organizations (chambers, development authority’s, economic development and other business interests).

  • Seeks opportunities to speak about company programs and initiatives at membership organizations or other key venues.

  • Develops plans to strategically manage the territory considering, for example, key constituents, significant capital/infrastructure work scheduled, past (or potential) issues and economic development projects.

  • Assists operating departments with issues inhibiting work progress (runs interference between the company and municipal officials to help ensure that scheduled work is completed on time and on budget).

  • Assists in obtaining municipal planning maps/long-term growth plans for use in gas system planning.

  • Supports energy efficiency and energy assistance initiatives.


  • Provides ongoing communications (face-to-face and written) with Chamber of Commerce and local government officials, economic development officials and other constituent groups.

  • Provides timely responses to inquiries from economic development organization and new business prospects.

  • Assesses impact of business development opportunities and proactively pursues and participates on project teams which encourage economic growth.

  • Coordinates the management of escalated complaints with the [Customer Relations/Customer Experience] Department.

  • Participates regularly at Chamber of Commerce and economic development organizations.

  • Leads groups or project teams as needed to facilitate such company initiatives as energy fairs, United Way campaign and volunteer initiatives.

Driving Results:

  • Creates and maintains a directory of key territory contacts and tracks important interactions with constituents and other job tasks using a relationship management database.

  • Manages a territory budget. 


Education, Certifications/Licenses:

Required :

  • Bachelor’s Degree in, Marketing, Public Administration, Political Science, Engineering or related field.


  • Experience in interaction with internal and external stake holders including municipal, business, economic development and community leaders

  • Experience & thorough knowledge of natural gas distribution systems

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective interpersonal relationships

  • Exemplify a high level of diplomacy and decorum

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Experience in negotiating and conflict resolution

  • Public Speaking/presentation Skills

  • Familiarity with local government – structure, processes, decision makers

  • Customer service-oriented

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Must always be ready to respond to field emergencies

  • If away from territory, backup arrangements must be made and communicated internally as necessary

  • Some evening and weekend requirements

  • Must have valid driver’s license and access to transportation to attend meetings/events in territory

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Coastal Georgia-Savannah

Operating Company: Atlanta Gas Light

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Savannah Service Center - 1668 Chatham Pkwy (1668SAVANNAHCODE)

1668 Chatham Pkwy

Savannah, 31405

Req ID: GAS2002368

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