What is a SIG?
One of GEDA's strengths is facilitating peer-to-peer information exchange. Shared Interest Groups provide members with another layer of professional development and foster better relationships and information exchanges more easily. They are optional, and vary widely depending on the individual preferences of the group.
There is no cost to join a SIG, but participants must be GEDA members. SIGs follow the same program year as the organization, but participants can join in or drop out at any point.
How do SIGs work?
- SIGs have the autonomy to meet as they choose.
- Most SIGs will meet face-to-face several times a year at a time and location that meets the needs of its members.
- There will be no charge for these meetings.
- SIGs may also have reserved tables at GEDA luncheons.
- If SIG members find it convenient, SIGs may also conduct their meetings prior to or after GEDA luncheons, or online.
The most successful SIGs usually have a topic announced ahead of time, though not a formal program. These are not symposia with speakers. They are opportunities for people with similar interests to come together to share experiences and resources and ask questions.
Shared Interest Groups:
Education & Workforce Development - Chair: Jan Melcher, Quick Start Georgia
Entrepreneur Development - Chair: Mark Farmer, Gwinnett County Government
Infrastucture & Transportation - Chair: Stacy Watson, Georgia Ports Authority
Natural Resources & Environment - Chair: Ralph Forbes, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Non-Traditional Economic Development - Chair: Niki Know Vanderslice, Fayette County Development Authority
Rural Development - Chair: Kyle Fletcher, Thomaston-Upson IDA
Research - Chair: Dana Brewer, Georgia Department of Economic Development
Click here for the full 2017 Action Plan for all SIGs.