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More Great Programming For GEDA

Thursday, June 30, 2016   (0 Comments)
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By Greg Wright

GEDA Board Chair, 2016 


We have reached the halfway point in our GEDA program year, and I am delighted with where we are as an organization.  I can assure you that your GEDA board, staff, committee chairs and shared interest group chairs are committed to helping provide you with the greatest possible return on your membership investment.  Our luncheons have been outstanding this year, and I am still hearing rave reviews about the Spring Workshop.  There are more great things to come this year, and I want you to know how much we appreciate your membership in GEDA.

Often, what has worked for us in the past is repeated over and over again.  But, sometimes, if we try something new, the results are far better.  Such was the case with GEDA’s annual brokers’ event in June.

For years, we have planned our brokers’ event as a luncheon.  This year, however, thanks to the leadership of our First Vice Chair Anna Chafin and our Business Recruitment Committee Chairman Brandt Herndon we tried something new, and it worked!

I hope you were at Sweetwater Brewing Company for the brokers’ reception, which included more than 70 brokers and site location consultants.  I loved the reception format, and it was hard to beat the location.  From the comments I have received, the event was a hit, and I hope we can continue to change up the format for GEDA events to keep them interesting and fresh for everyone who attends.

Looking to the future, we are moving toward our Annual Meeting in September.  Missy Kendrick and her committee have developed an outstanding program using the theme “Georgia IS…Growing, Innovating, Succeeding.”   You will not want to miss this one, so I hope you are making plans now to attend.

Finally, as I write this, I am reminded of just how close our GEDA family is.  As you may have heard, there was an explosion at one of our local industries in Newnan on June 29th.  Almost immediately after news organizations reported on the accident, I started getting phone calls, texts and emails from GEDA members around the state expressing their concern and asking if there was anything that they could do.  We are truly a family of economic developers, and I hope that you appreciate your fellow GEDA members as much as I do.


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