Board Members

Joint Development Authority of Jeff Davis County,Hazlehurst, and Denton, Georgia

About the Board

The Board of Directors of the Joint Development Authority are local leaders appointed by the Jeff Davis County Commission, and concented by the City Councils of Hazlehurst and Denton. These members are business owners and leaders who have an interest in the economic growth of Jeff Davis County.

How can I get involved in Economic Development?

We encourage you to learn more about what we do and we invite you to come to our Board Meetings.  Invest some time to learn about our local economy and the opportunities and challenges we face in Jeff Davis County.

“Economic Development is a team sport.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb

Board Members Jeff Davis County Joint Development Authority-1

Board Members, left to right: Bo Reese, Jesse Hagans, Grant Gainer (Board Chairman), Rick Ursrey (Treasure), Richard Stone, Terry Stone (Secretary), Dwayne Creamer (Vice-Chair).

Grant Gainer,


Henry, better known as Grant, is the Chairman of the JDA and has been on the board since 1992. His prior work experience includes, President of Gainer Brothers, Inc., South Georgia Gin Co. Inc, and Ocmulgee Tractor Company, Inc. all of Hazlehurst. Grant also worked at Trust Company Bank of Atlanta as a loan officer from 1987 to 1989 before returning to Hazlehurst to join his family’s business. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Finance from The University of Georgia in 1987 and received his high school diploma from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL in 1983.

Grant serves on several boards in his community including: Bank of Hazlehurst, Hazlehurst First United Methodist Church (Finance – Chairman and Trustees), Hazlehurst Chamber of Commerce, JDA of Jeff Davis County – Chairman, Coastal Pines Technical College Board of Directors.

In his spare time he enjoys golf, tennis, fishing and hunting with his wife Susanne, daughter Mary (14) and son Henry (12).

J. Dwayne Creamer


J. Dwayne Creamer is a life-long resident of Jeff Davis County. He earned an associate degree from Brewton Parker College as a scholar-athlete playing 2 years of baseball for the Barons. Dwayne graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1985 earning a BBA degree in Finance with an emphasis in Bank Management. He has worked as a local banker for over 30 years helping grow local businesses through meeting their financing needs.

Dwayne has served on various boards and civic organizations including the local Board of Education, LIONS Club, Hazlehurst Rotary Club, former Board Chairman of the Jeff Davis County Family Connections Collaborative and past President of the Georgia Bankers Association Leadership GBA Division. He is married to Susan and they have two sons. He is also active in his church serving in Christian education area in leadership and as a deacon/council member.

“Economic development is vital in every community but especially in small rural communities in order to have a strong employment base for residents and a positive outlook for future growth of new and existing business and industry” – J. Dwayne Creamer

Ricky Ursrey,


Satilla REMC, Assistant Director, Customer Services.  Board Member, Joint Development Authority, Jeff Davis Co./Hazlehurst/Denton Board Member, South East Georgia Regional Development Authority of Jeff Davis, Appling & Bacon County, Board Member.

Terry Lane Stone


Terry Lane Stone is an accountant with Stone’s Machine Shop, Inc., and also owner of Colonial Flowers and Gifts, Inc. Terry graduated from Jeff Davis High School and is an honor graduate of Georgia Southern College with a BBA in Accounting. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Beta Alpha Psi societies.  She has served on and as chairman of The Jeff Davis County Library Board of Trustees, The Satilla Regional Library Board and The Ohoopee Regional Library Board.  She now serves on the Joint Development Authority, The Jeff Davis Board of Tourism, and The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce.  She is a member of Oakland Baptist Church and is very involve in the community.

“My vision for serving on the Development Authority is for Jeff Davis County, which I have grown up in and love, to reach its full potential in industry, employment and advantages that makes up a great life in a small town… somewhere my grandchildren can grow up and stay.” – Terry Lane Stone

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