As President of the Decide DeKalb Development Authority, Ray Gilley leads a professional staff and works with its board and partners to deliver comprehensive economic development services designed to increase high-wage jobs and capital investment as well as diversify DeKalb County’s economy.
Since Gilley joined Decide DeKalb in 2015, DeKalb County has attracted and retained major employers such the Task Force for Global Health; Cox Communications; EuroFins; Source One; Acuity Brands Lighting; and Perimeter Summit. The county’s total capital investment also exceeded $300 million and more than 2,000 jobs were announced in 2015.
Gilley is an active member of metro Atlanta’s economic development regionalism efforts. He serves on the boards and committees of JDAMA (Joint Development Authorities of Metro Atlanta); ICRP (Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership; DeKalb Workforce Development; and Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Prosperous Committee. He also is a member of GEDA (Georgia Economic Developers Association); the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and Leadership DeKalb (Class of 2016).
He continues to serve as a board of trustee member at University of Central Florida and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Other former boards include Florida TaxWatch, BBVA Compass Central Market, Orlando Health, and Leesburg Regional Medical Center. He is also past chair of Workforce Florida and the Florida Economic Development Council. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Florida State University.