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GEDA February Monthly Luncheon
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When: Monday, February 19, 2018
11:00 AM
Where: Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
800 Spring St NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30308
United States
Contact: Kelly McLendon

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February Luncheon Event


GEDA February Luncheon Presentation

The February program will be entitled "The View from the Site Selector's Side of the Table" and the speaker, who's bio is below, will be Lindsey Cannon, Prinicpal, Director, Site Readiness Programs.

We encourage local economic development professionals to bring your elected officials with you to this event.  While in Atlanta you can visit with your legislators as well as the GEDA luncheon and hear about some of the ways local elected officials can help a project as well as getting a clearer view of how competitive the process is.


Photo Lindsey CannonLindsey Cannon is a principal and director of economic development services with McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), which provides site selection services and economic development consulting to companies and organizations worldwide. 

With more than 10 years of experience in site selection and economic development, Ms. Cannon assists companies in identifying, evaluating, and selecting the optimal location for their capital investment. She provides specialized skills and services to clients in the areas of detailed site evaluations including sites, infrastructure, transportation, labor and demographics, state and local taxes, and incentives. Most recently, she assisted BMC with their headquarters relocation. 

In her role as director of economic development services, Ms. Cannon oversees MSC’s services and programs for states, utilities, communities, and private landowners to increase the attractiveness of their community and/or property to industrial prospects. These services include site evaluations and certifications, site identification, strategic planning, target industry analysis, and workforce/labor evaluations. Currently, she is actively managing evaluation and/or certification programs for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Duke Energy, and TVA. 

Ms. Cannon has completed numerous certification programs including AEP’s Quality Site Program, Dayton Power and Light’s Certified Sites Program, Gulf Power’s Florida First Sites, Mississippi Power’s Project Ready Program, and Wyoming Business Council’s Certified Sites Program. In addition, she has worked on a feasibility study for a siting project in Europe, completed an incentives evaluation study for Jacksonville, Florida, and managed a target competitiveness study for the State of Florida. She also has worked on a headquarters relocation for SunCoke Energy, a manufacturing project for Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, and assisted with the site analysis for the permanent jamboree site for the Boy Scouts of America. She also worked on the target industry studies for the Upstate SC Alliance, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, the Beacon Council (Miami, Florida), and JAXUSA. 

Before joining McCallum Sweeney Consulting, Ms. Cannon served as a research analyst and tax and incentives consultant for the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Ms. Cannon’s professional background also includes positions with Charleston Area Federal Credit Union and Sodexho/Carolina Dining Services as well as an internship with Miller Brewing Company. 

Ms. Cannon has earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, both from the University of South Carolina (USC). She is currently pursuing a Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) through CoreNet Global. In 2016, she received the “Rising Star” award from CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Upstate and completed a Certificate in Leadership from CREW Network. She is currently serving as the Past-President of CREW Upstate in addition to serving on the USC Moore School of Business Young Alumni Board. Previously, she has served on the board for the Upstate USC Moore School of Business Alumni, the Greenville MyCarolina Alumni Association, and PULSE. She is also a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 38.


Ample Self Parking (1,500 space parking garage connected to hotel) $15 daily (one time access); $18 for unlimited in/out access.  Prices subject to change.

February 2018 Event Pricing

Early Registration Regular Registration Late Registration
Dates Until 01/31/2018 02/01/2018- 02/10/2018 02/11/2018-02/19/2018
Member Pricing $40.00 $45.00 $50.00
Non-member Pricing $55.00 $60.00 $65.00


Tables (10 seats per table) are available as part of registration as well.  If you purchase a table please provide a list of who will be at your table to Kelly McLendon via email at


·         A registrant who does not submit a written cancellation, or attend the luncheon, is considered a "No Show.”  No-Shows are not eligible for refunds or credits, and are still liable for outstanding balances.  Those who are ill and have a doctor’s excuse or a death in the family will be excused.

·         Substitutions will be accepted at any time.

·         There will be no refunds or credits for cancellations after the close of business (5 p.m.) on seven days prior the event.

·         All cancellation requests must be received in writing (email or hard copy) and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline.

·         Refund requests must include the name of the attendee.

·         When possible, refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.

·         For those who have registered and choose the bill me or pay by check option you are still subject to the refund policy.


Thank you to our sponsor:

Thomasville Development Authority

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