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Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for the City of Atlanta.  Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness in order to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta. Invest Atlanta is governed by a 9 member board of directors, chaired by the Mayor of Atlanta.

Invest Atlanta’s programs and initiatives focus on developing and fostering public-private partnerships to accelerate job creation/economic growth, neighborhood revitalization/investment and innovation/entrepreneurship. Invest Atlanta’s economic tools include bond financing, revolving loan funds, housing financing, tax increment financing and tax credits.

Eloisa Klementich joined the Invest Atlanta in November, 2011 as the Director of Business Development. Her areas of focus are to oversee Invest Atlanta’s business retention, business expansion efforts and entrepreneurship growth for the City of Atlanta.

Dr. Klementich joined Invest Atlanta from the US Economic Development Administration where she was a Special Assistant for Economic Development working within the Office of the Secretary. At the EDA, she was detailed to the National Incident Command to work on the Federal response to the Gulf Oil Spill. In June 2008, she was appointed as California’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Commerce by Governor Schwarzenegger. She was instrumental in forming the new Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the state’s innovation program (iHub program).
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Klementich worked as a Marketing Manager for the Economic Development Agency at the County of San Bernardino; Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities; and the founding Director for the Mayor’s Office of International Trade under Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn.

Additionally, she served as Chief Field Deputy to Los Angeles Councilmember Alex Padilla; District Director to California State Assemblyman Tony Cardenas; Special Market Coordinator to Anheuser-Busch Sales of Sylmar; and Marketing Manager at General DataComm de Mexico in Mexico City.

Dr. Klementich also served as a consultant for Mexico’s President Vicente Fox, working closely with the President’s Special Advisor on Constituent Services, Dr. Juan Hernandez, on best practices for addressing constituent issues and requests.

Dr. Klementich received her Bachelor’s Degree from Pitzer College in Claremont.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from el Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey and two Master’s Degrees, in Urban Planning and Latin American Affairs, from University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of LaVerne in 2010. Lastly, she is a Certified Economic Developer which is a national recognition denoting a mastery of principal skills in economic development.

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