Each year Georgia Trend Magazine honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. For the second straight year, Habersham County is represented as local businesswoman and community leader Natalie Crawford was named to this year's prestigious list.
The ideal candidates are successful in their professions and are passionate about community service. This year’s 40 Under 40 were selected by the Georgia Trend staff from nominations provided by readers throughout the state who know nominees best.
In her day job, Natalie Crawford sells proprietary financial systems to clients with assets worth more than $1 billion. Her side hustle is serving as a two-term Habersham County commissioner.
After graduating from Piedmont College, Crawford returned to her native Habersham County and put down roots. She was compelled into public service around the time of the Great Recession, when she watched industry leave her hometown, two community banks fail and several small businesses shutter.
After getting her toes wet as chair of a local hospitality board, she took office as the District 4 commissioner in 2013. In that role, she commissioned the first corridor overlay study and helped form the county’s economic development council.
“I grew up a preacher’s kid,” she says, “and I feel like I’m called to serve.”
It's not the first time Habersham County has been recognized in the annual 40 Under 40 which has been a staple for the magazine for 24 years. Cornelia Community Manager Jessie Owensby was named to last year's class.
The full list of honorees can be viewed here.