Farewell from Colin Martin, outgoing President and CEO of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce


Since November 1st, 2018, I have had the privilege of serving as President & CEO of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. In that four and a half years, I have established deep roots in this community and have come to love the people and the places. This is truly a great place to live, work, play, and pray.

As I prepare to depart for a new opportunity, I have been reflecting on what makes Fayette County so unique in the Metro Atlanta area. While our natural tendency is to focus on what is wrong, I want to take a moment to remind us all why we chose to live here. So, here are four things that I have come to appreciate about Fayette County.

• Our School System — A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to the 2023 Teacher of the Year nominees from each school. I reminded these educators that when Realtors or community boosters like me are “selling” Fayette County, we talk about them. We talk about how they bring out the best in our children and prepare them for the future. The school system is the best in Metro Atlanta and the crown jewel of our community. We are justifiably proud.

• Our Industrial Base — When I tell my chamber colleagues across the state about the manufacturers and industries located primarily along Highway 74 in Peachtree City, they are always jealous. The leaders who worked hard to attract those reputable and diverse companies to Peachtree City were visionaries. The job and tax base created there supports all of Fayette County in many ways.

• Our Creative Economy — As a resident of the Town at Trilith, I have come to appreciate the ecosystem being built there. Besides the jobs and capital investment that the studios bring, we are attracting new residents who simply want to be near one of the coolest developments in Metro Atlanta, if not the whole Southeast. More importantly, the creative economy at Trilith brings balance to the industrial economy in Peachtree City and contributes to the prosperity of all of us.

• Our Abundant Green Space – We have preserved the tree canopy and green spaces in Fayette County. While other communities have clear-cut land to make room for development, we can take pride in our lush landscape. The southern portion of Fayette County maintains a rural feel that I hope we will preserve.

We really do have much to love about Fayette County. Now that my time here is coming to an end, I am convinced of this: the best days are ahead. I have no doubt that on return visits, I will find a thriving community that has built on what is already here to maintain its preeminence among Metro Atlanta counties.

I’ll end with a word of gratitude. From the moment I arrived, I have felt welcomed and connected to Fayette County. I have worked with a great staff of professional, dedicated volunteers, and a distinguished board of directors. Because of their support, our chamber has accomplished some remarkable things. Thanks for the opportunity.

[Martin is leaving to become external affairs manager with AT&T in Columbus, Ga. His resignation letter is here.]