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The GEDA Brokers' and Consultants' Networking Event is scheduled for June 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sweetwater Brewery (this takes the place of the traditional luncheon hour program).Meet top real estate brokers and site consultants as well as state project managers and economic development professionals.Enjoy brewery tours and beer tastings (non-alcoholic beverages will be provide, too)with catering from award-winning Atlanta-based Bold American Events.Free parking at adjacent businesses after 5:00 p.m. We encourage our guests to takeUberor appoint a designated driver.Sweetwater is located at 195 Ottley Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA (about 1.5 miles from Monroe Drive & Piedmont Avenue).

Please note: The Georgia Department of Economic Development will host an open house from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20.See details below on the special "Economic Development Incentives Seminar" from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Georgia Power Resource Center.
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EconomicDevelopment Incentives Seminar

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GEDA will host a seminar oneconomic development incentives onMonday, June 20from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at theGeorgia Power Resource Center(big thanks to Champions Circle Sponsor Georgia Power) located at 75 Fifth St., NW, Suite 150, Atlanta.This is the ground floor of the Centergy Building.The seminar will feature information about Georgia’s incentives, as well as the process by which incentives are awarded and delivered.Christopher Nunn, Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, andTom Croteau, Deputy Commissioner, Global Commerce, GDEcD, are coordinating the seminar. In addition to a panel presentation, you will have ample opportunity for Q&A. The seminar is free; however, space is limited to the first 50 people who register by emailingKaren Ewing, Manager, Member Services, GEDA.
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If you missed this year's Spring Workshop at Sea Palms, you missed a great one. Brian Dill and his conference committee deserve a huge THANK YOU for all the hard work that went into the conference. From the interesting and informative sessions and speakers to the great networking and social events, everything was outstanding. Even Thursday afternoon’s thunderstorm could not put a damper on the conference.If you have not done so, please take a moment to complete the Spring Workshop 2016 survey.
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Spring Workshop 2016 Recap

The GEDA 2016 Spring Workshop,Georgia’s Workforce: Lighting the Way,received tremendously positive feedback from attendees. Mark Lautman, of Lautman Economic Architecture in Albuquerque, NM, provided great information and ideas about bringing workforce and economic development closer. Roger Tutterow had good news about Georgia’s economy and did his usual fantastic job informing us. And for those of you who missed Steve Hester of Chick-fil-A, you missed a treat--literally, as Steve gave everyone a coupon for a free sandwich or salad. Steve provided a funny, moving and insightful look into what makes Chick fil-A a great enterprise. Clickhereto access speaker presentations.As the workshop presentations become available, they will be uploaded, too.
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Please join us in thanking ourSW16 Sponsors, including our Champions Circle Sponsors, and particularly our Platinum Sponsors,Brunswick & Glynn County Development Authority and theGeorgia Department of Economic Development.Their financial support helps GEDA create great programming and events for you--our members. Thanks to all our sponsors of the 2016 Spring Workshop.

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GEDACommittee News

Board Nominating Committee

The GEDA Board Nominating Committee will meet in early July to consider candidates for the Secretary-Treasurer position and four open board member seats to take office in January 2017. All GEDA members can nominate another GEDA member for a board position.Submit the name of an outstanding GEDA member for consideration by the Nominating Committee by completing the attached form.Your input, ideas, and interest are vital and welcome.We look forward to reading your nominations.
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Professional Development Committee


Ross Avinaof the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has secureda significant discount on theEconomic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification Seriesfrom BB&T.This certification series, which starts in June, is offered by the National Development Council (NDC). The first course,ED101: Economic Development Financeis offered June 6-10, 2016, on Hilton Head Island, SC (hotel TBD).ClickHEREfor program details.ClickHEREto register for the first course.The second course in the series,ED201: Business Credit Analysis, will be offered on October 17-21.The next two courses in the series are slated for 2017 with dates and places to be determined (most likely in Orlando, FL).ClickHEREfor theBB&T discount code and Series flyer.

Explore the Professional Developmentlinkon GEDA’s website for more information. Beat the rush and apply now for an Annual Conference scholarship.
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GEDA Member News

New Babies – Congratulations!

Emily Charles was bornNovember 21, 2015, to J.R. and Melissa Charles. J.R. is Economic Development Director for Oconee County. Emily'sfavorite activities are flying in her Dad’s arms, playing at 3:00 a.m., and cuddling with her mom. Emily hopes to meet her dad's colleaguesat the GEDA Annual Meeting in Savannah this year.

Yoonie Kim, Senior Projects Manager, International Projects Team, Global Commerce, GDEcD, and family welcomed the newest addition to their family, Ellie Lana Kim, who is 4 months old now.


Elizabeth Emma Brewer, newest daughter ofDana Brewer, Director of Research, GDEcD, was born on May 25, weighing 7 lbs 10 oz and 20 inches long.Welcome to the newest member of the Georgia economic development research community.

GEDA New Members

  • Araina Reaves, Community Development Consultant, Georgia EMC, Atlanta,araina.reaves@georgiaemc.com
  • Maggie Laton, Project Manager, Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Team, Global Commerce Division, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Fayetteville,mlaton@georgia.org

Project Announcements

GEORGIA TOURISM GROWTH SETS NEW RECORD- Industry generates $58.9 billion economic impact
ATLANTA, May 5, 2016 —Gov. Nathan Deal announced during National Travel and Tourism Week that the state’s tourism industry generated $58.9 billion in business sales in 2015, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. This represents a three percent increase over the previous year and a new record for the total economic impact of tourism in Georgia.Congratulations toKevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner for Tourism, GDEcD, to his division and to all those in the tourism business throughout the State of Georgia for this great accomplishment!
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Deal: Dollar General to create more than 500 jobs -Discount retailer to invest $85 million in Butts and Spalding Counties
GRIFFIN, May 9, 2016- Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Dollar General, one of America’s leading discount retailers, will build a 1-million-square-foot distribution center in Butts and Spalding Counties. The distribution center will create more than 500 jobs and represents a capital investment of $85 million.Compliments toLaura Hale Sistrunk, Executive Director, Development Authority of Butts County;David Luckie, Executive Director, Griffin-Spalding Development Authority;Annie Baxter, former Director, Logistics, Energy Agribusiness & Food Team, andTom Croteau, Deputy Commissioner, Global Commerce, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD);Charles Stallworth, Senior Project Manager, Georgia Power Company; andDebra Smith (Bennett), President, Allen-Smith Consulting, Inc.All of these GEDA members worked on this project since last summer.Dan McRae, Attorney at Seyfarth Shaw, and his team were involved as bond counsel.
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DECD: WL PLASTICS CORPORATION TO CREATE 40 NEW JOBS IN STATESBORO -Leading manufacturer of polyethylene pipe to invest $12M in Bulloch County
STATESBORO, May 9, 2016– The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that WL Plastics Corporation (WL), one of the largest manufacturers of high performance High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe and related products for the oil, gas, mining, industrial and municipal water markets, will create 40 jobs and invest $12 million in Bulloch County.Congratulations toBenjy Thompson, CEO, The Development Authority of Bulloch County;Wylly Harrison, Senior Project Manager, Automotive, Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Team, Global Commerce division, GDEcD;Doug Coffey, Senior Project Manager, Economic Development, Georgia Power Company; andJan Melcher, Quick Start. In addition, WL Plastics has expressed interest in working with Quick Start for future workforce demands.
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Sparta Industries to create more than 1,000 jobs in Milledgeville -Insulation manufacturer to invest $22.5 million in Baldwin County
MILLEDGEVILLE, May 10, 2016- Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Sparta Industries, a manufacturer of HVAC duct liner insulation, will establish a new plant at the former Rheem Manufacturing building in Milledgeville. This venture is projected to create more than 1,000 jobs and represents a capital investment of $22.5 million throughout the next 5 years.Kudos toMatthew Poyner, Executive Director, Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville-Baldwin County;Wylly Harrison, Senior Project Manager, Automotive, Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Team, Global Commerce division, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD);Doug Coffey, Senior Project Manager, Economic Development, Georgia Power Company; the Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Quick Start and GC Financial Solutions, LLC.
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EDTS Moves Head Office to Augusta Cyberworks
Staff Report From Augusta CEO

AUGUSTA, May 13, 2016- Following the announcement made by the Augusta Canal Authority and Cape Augusta Digital Properties on Wednesday, May 5th, Cape Augusta is proud to announce the signing of a 10 year lease with EDTS, a leading managed IT services and cyber security firm headquartered in Augusta, GA.“EDTS has signed a 10year lease for 32,500 square feet in the historic Cotton Store building and is the anchor tenant for Phase 1, which includes the refurbishment of this 1880’s building and surrounding site works,” Said James Ainslie, CEO of Cape Augusta Digital Properties.
Congratulations toWalter Sprouse, Executive Director, Augusta Economic Development Authority, his staff, board and community!
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KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE MORE THAN 200 JOBS IN ATLANTA
ATLANTA, May 18, 2016– Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Keysight Technologies, a leading provider of electronic design and test software, equipment and services, will expand the company’s presence by opening an operation in Atlanta. This project will create more than 200 software engineering jobs and represents an investment of $13.9 million.Way to goAshley Morris, Project Manager, Life Sciences, Corporate Solutions, Digital Entertainment and IT Team, Global Commerce division, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD);Brenda Robbins, Senior Project Manager, Economic Development, Georgia Power Company;Gregg Simon, Vice President, Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber; andRandi Mason, Advisor for Economic Development, Invest Atlanta; who worked on this project! The team also worked with representatives with the City of Atlanta and Georgia Tech.
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GDEcD: StayWell acquisition of ShareWIK expected to create up to 20 new jobs in Atlanta -New health entertainment service bridges digital media and life science industries
ATLANTA-May 24, 2016- The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that The StayWell Company, based in Yardley, Penn., which recently acquired ShareWIK, is expected to bring up to 20 new jobs to Atlanta and up to $2.0 million investment in capital to the Atlanta area.ShareWIK (short for Share-What-I-Know), boasts a library of over 600 videos that feature compelling stories of individual patients and caregivers sharing their personal experiences about a wide range of health conditions. Additionally, the company offers its customers custom content development services, including 3-D animations, motion graphics, live event production, infographics, product demonstration videos and more. Founded by award-winning health care journalist, Diana Keough, ShareWIK is rooted in the art of storytelling.Congrats toAsante Bradford, Project Manager, Life Sciences, Corporate Solutions, Digital Entertainment and IT Team, Global Commerce division, GDEcD, who worked with ShareWIK and StayWell throughout the acquisition, in conjunction with theGrant Wainscott, Director of Technology Industry, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and LaunchPad2X, an organization that helps women entrepreneurs hone their business skills to accelerate growth and build strong networks to meet the challenges of growing a young business.
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Apparel company to create more than 300 jobs in metro Atlanta -thredUP to open distribution center in Gwinnett County
DULUTH, May 30, 2016- Gov. Nathan Deal announced that thredUP, a leading online marketplace for consumers to buy and sell like-new women’s and children’s clothing, will establish a distribution and warehouse operation in Gwinnett County. This project represents the creation of more than 300 new jobs in the metro Atlanta area.Kudos toAndrew Carnes, Director of Economic Development, andShantell Wilson, Senior Project Manager, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development;Joshua Stephens, Project Manager, Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness & Food Team, Global Commerce division, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD);Trent Williamson, Project Manager, Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce;Walt Farrell, Senior Project Manager, Economic Development, Georgia Power Company; and Jones Lang LaSalle Commercial Real Estate Agency, who all worked on this project.
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Get involved in GEDA's Committees and SIGs to learn about projects and meet fellow members - visit your profile onGEDA.orgto join.Committee and SIG 2016 Action Plans

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