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Annual Conference Wrap-Up

Our Annual Conference was a great opportunity for learning and networking thanks to the more than 425 attendees and nearly 30 sponsors.  GEDA’s 2014 Annual Conference theme “Gateway to Greatness” provided a memorable venue for GEDA members to congregate at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. We heard from outstanding and insightful speakers, such as Captain Alan Price of Falcon Leadership (Leadership in Times of Crisis); Dr. Roger Tutterow, Economist with Kennesaw State University (Where Are We Headed?); and Dr. Charles Bullock, Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia (The 2014 Campaign Trail). 

Other significant programs included panel discussions by the ever-appreciated Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Directors (Annie Baxter, Mary Ellen McClanahan, Jennifer Nelson, and Amanda Shailendra) moderated by Pat Topping of the Macon Economic Development Commission; Georgia’s Workforce Advantage (Jamie Jordan, Kristin Laarhoven, and  Brett Lacy of GDEcD Workforce Division); and Reshoring Opportunities Ahead (Alan Barfoot of Georgia Tech, Gary Bruce of PartnerTechAtlanta, Ashley Googe of McPherson Manufacturing, and John Scott of Brunswick-Glynn Development Authority). 

The final, final Farewell Tour of the GEDA All Star Band, with our own GEDA members (Annie Baxter, Charlie Gatlin, David Luckie, Scott McMurray, and Bob White) performing provided a fun evening finale.  Additionally, many of our members enjoyed playing golf at The Westin Harbor Golf Resort.  We are very appreciative to Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. for hosting a group of GEDA aeronautic aficionados for a tour of its headquarters facility. 

Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, the Southeast Georgia Joint Development Authority, for your support!  Click here to see our sponsors.  Thanks to Greg Wright, President of the Coweta County Development Authority and Second Vice President of GEDA, for his tireless work in putting together the conference.  Also, thanks to his right-hand woman, Brenda Washington, for keeping Greg straight—before, during and after the conference. 

Other special thanks go to Ricky McGee for his stellar performance in sponsorship development; Mary Ellen McClanahan of GDEcD and Mike Worley, retired from Georgia Power, for their good humor and wit while distributing the door prize money; Gina McKinney and Danetha Belk of GDEcD for their help with nametags, ribbons & registration; and our staff of Colleen Boudreaux and Karen Ewing for their constant assistance.

Additionally,GEDA held its Business Meeting during the Annual Conference.  Misti Martin, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the committee’s recommendations, which were elected with a unanimous vote. Click here to read the full document.

Click here to see the Annual Conference Photos.

Many thanks to Jim Finch, who served as interim president and helped us throughout the year, and Rebecca McGee and Colleen Beaudreaux, who helped us throughout the summer and annual conference.  We remain very grateful for your assistance, energy, and patience during our transition period.  Big welcome to Karen Ewing, who joins GEDA as Manager of Member Services. 

  • January Legislative Luncheon (Date and Time TBD) 
  • February 16 - Small Business Rock Star Awards at Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
  • March 16 - Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center 
  • April 20 - Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
  • May 20-22- GEDA's Spring Workshop at Callaway Gardens
  • Click here for all calendar events.

Be sure to send us your new jobs, promotions, or retirements as well as any new business and expansion announcements from your companies and organizations.  We want to share your good news!

New Members (April-September)

Carrie Barnes, Georgia EMC

Christy Bozeman, Cordele-Crisp County IDC

Michael Buhler, Stantec

Chris Carr, GDEcD

Regina Carter, City of East Point

Stacey Chapman, Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects

Frank Charles, III, Charles Family Properties LLC

James Coughlin, Camden County JDA

Jennifer Dees, Town of Braselton

Valerie Alana Duvall, Greene County

Debbie Etheridge, Manchester Development Authority

Tammy Finley, O’Neal, Inc.

Ralph Forbes, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.

William Gardner, Sr., Chesterfield.llc

Philip Gibson, Georgia Quick Start

M.A. Hall, Pulaski County

Serra Phillips Hall, Newton County Chamber of Commerce

Christopher Heard, Yates Construction

William Hearn, CBRE

Henry Hobbs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Meredith Hodges, GasSouth

Sharron Kelly, APD Solutions

Chanreaksmey Kim, GPTC

Maurice Lake, Student, ABAC

Kelly Lane, Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Brad Lofton, Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority

John David McLean, City of Hiram

Jade Morey, Houston County Development Authority

Storm Mull, Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Kerry Norton, GDEcD

Lisa Olens, Georgia Power

Ricardo Palacios, Georgia Power

Michelle Pfeffer, Economic Development Authority of Claxton & Evans County

Erin Phillips, Effingham County IAD

Crawford Powell, Impact Developmental Group

Ronald Roberts, HNTB

Johnna Robinson, Georgia Power

Erin Rodgers, Georgia Power

Holly Rollins, O’Brien & Gere

Beth Sessoms, City of Marietta

Crissy Staley, Berrien County Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority

Sabrena Straton, Development Authority of Douglas County

Sheila Thomas, Darton State College

Chapman Walsh, APD Solutions

Philip Weatherly, GasSouth

Joseph Weatherspoon, GVRA

Vernon D. Welch, Welch Contracting Alliance, LLC

Jody Whitt, AKTPeerless

 

 
GEDA Staff Updates

Many thanks to Jim Finch, Rebecca McGee, and Colleen Beaudreaux who helped us throughout the summer and annual conference.  We remain very grateful for your assistance, energy, and patience during our transition period.  Big welcome to Karen Ewing, who joins GEDA as Manager of Member Services. 

 
GEDA Staff Updates

Many thanks to Jim Finch, Rebecca McGee, and Colleen Beaudreaux who helped us throughout the summer and annual conference.  We remain very grateful for your assistance, energy, and patience during our transition period.  Big welcome to Karen Ewing, who joins GEDA as Manager of Member Services. 

 

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