Remembrances of the Early Days Founding Peachtree City
Jan 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Joel Cowan, Mayor, Developer, International Trade
Remembrances of the Early Days Founding Peachtree City

Joel Cowan was born in the Southern U.S graduating from Georgia Tech in 1958 and lives in Peachtree City, Georgia. 


His past major business interests have been in real estate development. He is the founder of Georgia's new town of Peachtree City serving as its first Mayor beginning in 1959.  He was also the chief executive of its development company through 1976. In addition, he was the developer of other major projects including Phipps Plaza, Snapfinger Woods and Palmetto Dunes.


For the last twenty years his primary interests have been international. This involves both for profit and non-profit work in the emerging economies of Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and China. These activities focus on trade, technology transfer, and merchant banking. Education and leadership training are the focus of his non-profit activities.


He was formerly a director of World Air Holdings, Inc.; Continental Airlines (NYSE); Interstate General Company (ASE) and IRT Property Company (IRT).


He currently is Adjunct Professor in the MBA program at Georgia Tech specializing on issues of the emerging world. He is a director of the EastWest Institute (New York) and the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center.


He is a trustee emeritus of the Georgia Tech Foundation; former trustee of The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and former Chairman of the Community Foundation of Fayette County. He is Former Chairman of the Board of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. He was a member of Georgia’s Board of Regents for the University System.


Mr. Cowan is a Presbyterian, has three grown children and five grandchildren. He and his wife have lived in Peachtree City since 1959.


INVOCATION: Michael Butkus