About Us


Live Well, Play Well, Hartwell!

Historic Downtown Hartwell is situated one mile from Lake Hartwell, the third largest Army Corps lake in the nation. The lake offers exciting water recreation with over 960 miles of shoreline, parks, campsites and several marinas. Located between Atlanta and Charlotte, in pristine Northeast GA, Hartwell is easily accessible from I-85 off exit 177.

Downtown Hartwell offers a wide array of retail opportunities with men and women’s boutiques, an outdoor outfitter store, arts and crafts, design and decorator shops and several restaurants from which to choose.

Please check out our events page for special events that occur throughout the year.

Executive Director Bio

Jason is from Marietta, Ga. and now lives in Harwell Georgia with his wife and ten-year-old son. Jason completed his Undergraduate Degree in Human Services at Kennesaw State University and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Shorter University. Jason also has a Master’s Degree in International Policy Management from Kennesaw State University where he was recognized as Kennesaw States School of Government and International Affair’s Outstanding Scholar for 2018. Jason is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration. Jason also participated in two study abroad programs at Kennesaw State to Uganda and Geneva and received the Global Engagement Certification. Jason served the Kennesaw State community by working with CIFAL-Atlanta, as a Graduate Research Assistant, as Part-time Faculty in First-Year Studies and Leadership Studies, and as Supervisor of Supplemental Instruction. In Jason’s professional experience, he has worked as a Licensed Dispensing Optician for 20 years. In 2008, he was recognized with Lenscrafters Horizon Award for his contributions to OneSight, a nonprofit organization that provides eye exams and eyewear for those in need across the United States and around the world. Jason also served in the United States Army, Georgia Army National Guard where he deployed as a combat medic in support of Operation Vigilant Relief (Hurricane Katrina), Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Jason was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Medical Badge, two Army Accommodation Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal, among others. Between his work with nonprofit organizations and service in the United States Army, Jason has served our global community across 5 continents. Jason is an advocate for equal access to education for all children as well as providing physical security for institutions of learning in areas of conflict. Jason is now the Executive Director of Hartwell Georgia’s Downtown Development Authority – Main Street Program.

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