Public Sector Workforce 2030 Summit:
Planning for the Next Generation of State and Local Government Employees

Friday, September 27, 2019 – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Health and Wellness Benefits

Hawthorne E. Welcher, Jr.

Director of Housing & Development, Augusta, Georgia


Hawthorne E. Welcher, Jr., was appointed to director of the City of Augusta, GA Housing and Community Development Department in July 2015, after serving as interim director for 6 months. As director, he is responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of Federal, State and Local funds benefiting the underserved, business and nonprofit community for the Augusta-Richmond County area.

In support of the Augusta, GA Commission, and Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr’s. “One Augusta”, initiative, under Welcher’s watch, over 850 housing units have been developed for the Central Savanah River Area. His passion driven approach has fostered collaboration with local and global partners such as Warrick Dunn Charities, Columbia Ventures, several reputable Real Estate Companies, and moreover enabling Welcher to serve in a key capacity in the revitalization of the historically recognized Laney Walker neighborhood and its transformation into “Augusta’s premier urban living destination, Beacon Station. Efforts such as this, trademarks the “czar of housing and community development movement.

For over twenty years, authentic phrases such as Restore, Connect, Transform; Greater Good; Support Plus Trust Equals Halfway has guided his exceptional career in the field of community and economic development. These mottos foster a cohesive and productive work environment for the Housing and Community Development Department.

Although his heart is bow-tied to his mission to serve, Welcher holds true to his commitment to Christ and his family, Shantanet Welcher, his wife, and their two children Zyian Welcher and Hawthorne E. Welcher, III; his Dream Team.


  • 1998 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (Finance), Morehouse College
  • 2007 Masters of Science in Management, Southern Wesleyan University
  • Certified Housing Counselor, Association of Housing Counselors
  • Housing Development Finance Professional, National Development Council


  • 2018 Augusta City Classic Government Service Award Recipient
  • 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Recipient
  • 2011 Chester A. Willis Outstanding Educator Award Recipient



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