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Much of the work of GEDA is accomplished by the Committees.  There are currently 15 standing committees within GEDA.  There is also one ad-hoc committee, along with two task forces.  Each year at the GEDA Planning Retreat, the incoming Chairs of these Committees meet with the GEDA elected leadership to form an Action Plan for the year. 

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This is the best and easiest way to get involved with GEDA!  If there is an area of interest (or two) below, send us an email and let us know which Committee you'd like to be a part of.  Many of GEDA's Officers and Directors will tell you that they first started serving GEDA through Committee work.  What you will find is, when you give to an Association, you get more back in return.


Business Recruitment - Chair: Walt Farrell, Georgia Power Company
Business Retention & Expansion - Chair: Ashley Miller, Macon Economic Development Commission
Development Authority Executives - Chair: Melinda Lemmon, Cartersville-Bartow County Economic Development
Marketing & Communications - Chair: John Scott, Brunswick & Glynn County Development Authority
Membership Services
- Chair: Shelley Zorn, City of Thomasville
Professional Development - Chair: Scott Poag, Augusta Economic Development Authority
Public Policy - Chair: Al Nash, Development Authority of Fulton County
Sponsorship - Chair: Jessica Hood, Development Authority of Burke County
Young Professionals - Chair: Meghan Duke, City of West Point

Shared Interest Groups:

Education & Workforce Development - Chair: Jan Melcher, Georgia Quick Start
Entrepreneur Development - Chair: Mark Farmer, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development
Transportation & Infrastructure - Chair: Stacy Watson, Georgia Ports Authority
Natural Resources & Environment - Chair: Ralph Forbes, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Non-Traditional Economic Development - Chair:  Niki Knox Vanderslice, Fayette County Development Authority
Rural Development - Chair:Kyle Fletcher, Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority
Research - Chair: Dana Brewer, Georgia Department of Economic Development

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