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GEDA August Monthly Luncheon

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When: Monday, August 20, 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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Online Registration for this event is now closed.  We are at capacity for this event, and have a wait list.  You may walk up to this event, and we will try our best to accommodate you.


GEDA August Luncheon


Statewide Rural Development Update


Rep. Terry England
Georgia State House of Representatives

Representative Terry England (R-Auburn) has spent his twelve years in the Georgia House of Representatives serving the citizens of Barrow County, and House District 116. Taking the principles and experiences learned from his life as a farmer and small-businessman, Terry England has worked tirelessly in the Georgia General Assembly to make, and keep, Georgia the best place in the nation to do business.


As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee since 2011, Representative England has earned a reputation for working closely with Governor Nathan Deal and leaders in the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives to apply the conservative principles they were elected on while maintaining a clear vision for Georgia’s future. His tenure on the Appropriations Committee has focused on cutting government waste, streamlining services, and reforming Georgia’s tax code. Chairman England has also prioritized Georgia’s growing revenue towards an additional $1 billion spent on K-12 education, dependable infrastructure investment, and a commitment to bring jobs to all Georgians. As co-chairman of The Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee, Representative England has worked to find a sustainable solution to meet the healthcare needs of rural hospitals across the state. He now is serving as Co-Chairman of the House Rural Development Council that is studying ways to boost our state’s rural communities.

Terry and his wife, Cindy, are lifelong Georgians who still live on the farm that has been in the family since Terry’s great-great grandfather came home after the War Between the States. After attending the University of Georgia, Terry has spent his entire working life as a farmer and agribusinessman. Today, Terry provides consulting services for construction and agribusiness industries as president/CEO of Pete’s Enterprises, Inc.


Before his election to the Georgia General Assembly, Representative England served as Chairman of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce where he was later named Citizen of the Year. In 2015, the Barrow County Campus of Lanier Tech named their lecture hall after Representative England in honor of his commitment to the institution and the community.


Terry and Cindy are active citizens within the community and their church. As members of the First Baptist Church of Auburn, Cindy is the assistant church CFO and Terry serves as a deacon.


Amy Carter
Deputy Director, Rural Georgia Initiatives, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Amy Carter serves as the Deputy Commissioner, Rural Georgia Initiatives for the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). Carter was appointed to this role by Governor Nathan Deal in March 2018. She leads state efforts to help rural Georgia communities become more competitive for economic development projects and identifies new strategies for attracting jobs and investment.

Most recently, Carter served as Executive Director of Stewardship and Development for the Technical College System of Georgia. From November 2006 until December 2017, Carter represented House District 175, which includes Brooks County and parts of Lowndes and Thomas counties, in the Georgia General Assembly. During her service, Carter served in numerous leadership capacities including Floor Leader for Governor Nathan Deal, Chairman of Governmental Affairs, and later, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. Carter also served as the chair of the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Commission in 2016 and was a member of the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Education, Governmental Affairs, Higher Education, and the Small Business Development committees.

Laura Meadows
Director, Carl Vinson Institute of Government

As director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Laura Meadows coordinates the efforts of more than 140 employees who provide technical assistance, applied research, technology solutions, and training and development services to governments in Georgia and internationally.

Dr. Meadows joined the Institute of Government in 2009 and was appointed permanent director in February 2012. She has an extensive career in public service, working with state and local governments on a variety of issues such as planning, housing, infrastructure development, and facilitating community development and economic growth efforts. Prior to her work with the university, Dr. Meadows served in several executive positions at the state and federal levels, including commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the first executive director of the OneGeorgia Authority, assistant secretary of state, and state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. 

Joyce White
State Director, USDA Rural Development Georgia

Joyce White was named State Director of the USDA Rural Development in Georgia by the Trump Administration on November 27, 2017.  In this capacity, she coordinates the efforts of 95 employees to work with others to ensure use of resources and 40 + programs are serving rural Georgia residents.  As State Director, White will use her leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Georgia

White was born and raised in rural Georgia.  She graduated from Clayton State University and began her career implementing "degree skills" while working as Executive Assistant to the CEO at Georgia-Pacific Corporation . Her sharp focus and get it done attitude won the attention of Governor Sonny Perdue’s office and in 2003 she began a two-term role with Governor Sonny Perdue as his Executive Assistant and Office Manager.

Always ambitious, Joyce consistently is centered in roles where she is instrumental in connecting people, residents, constituents and stakeholders to people, resources and assistance. Previously she served as Chief of Staff at the Georgia Department of Agriculture where she focused on assistance to agri-businesses and to Georgia’s growers.  She also worked on the staff of Georgia U.S. Senator David Perdue.

Joyce now advocates for rural prosperity and American agriculture in Georgia as State Director of the USDA Rural Development in Georgia.


Saralyn Stafford
Rural Development Manager, Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Saralyn Stafford, a community and economic developer with a 30 year career focused on Georgia, joined the University of Georgia in July 2018 to link rural communities with UGA’s vast knowledge and expertise.

As the rural development manager for UGA’s Public Service and Outreach units, Stafford serves as a liaison between UGA and local elected officials, chambers of commerce, economic development professionals, school boards, nonprofit organizations, small business owners and other community leaders.

Her work focuses on connecting communities with UGA’s Public Service and Outreach units, including the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, the Small Business Development Center and the Archway Partnership, to assist in addressing community and regional challenges. She is based in south Georgia’s Coffee County and works through UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.


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.

August 2018 Event Pricing


Early Registration Regular Registration Late Registration
Dates Until 7/31/2018 08/01/2018- 08/10/2018 08/11/2018-08/20/2018
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 for $400 per table. 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:

City of Fairburn

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