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2018 Annual Conference

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9/19/2018 to 9/21/2018
When: Wednesday, September 19-21, 2018
11:00 AM
Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, Georgia  31421
United States
Contact: Kelly McLendon

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Online Registration is now closed.  You are welcome to walk-up to the event and register on site.  


Registration Pricing

July Reg. Fee Aug. Reg. Fee Sept. Reg. Fee
Non-member $405 $455 $505
Members $305 $355 $405
Spouse/Guest $175 $175 $200
Non-Member One Day Ticket $150 $175 $200
Member One Day Ticket $130 $155 $180
Non-Member Two Day Ticket $250 $275 $300
Member Two Day Ticket $230 $255 $280

Special Offer for new members of GEDA

If you plan to join GEDA and come to the GEDA conference for the first time in 2018.  Your dues will cover your membership for the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019, if you join and register for the Annual Conference at the same time.  If you have questions about this offer call Kelly McLendon at 404-962-4110 or 404-955-4840.

Professional Development Grants Available

SIX (6) scholarships of $600 each have been approved by the GEDA board for attendees at the AC18.  Apply today for a GEDA Professional Development grant.

Check out the Professional Development Committee on the GEDA website, or contact  Saralyn Stafford, GEDA Chair, Professional Development; & Division Director, Community Development, Georgia Department of Community Affairs. 

Optional Items Pricing

  • Bronze Sponsor - $750
  • Break Sponsor - $1500
  • Door Prize Sponsor - $50
  • Gold Sponsor - $2500
  • Golf Tournament Sponsor - $500
  • Golf Tournament Registration -$100
  • Golf Beverage Cart Sponsor - $500
  • New Member Luncheon Sponsor - $500
  • Platinum Sponsor - $4000
  • Silver Sponsor - $1500
  • Golf Hole Sponsor - $100
  • Sporting Clays at Dorchester - $100
  • Slow Ride Pub Crawl - $40
  • SCAD Tour - $20

For the most current schedule download the conference app at  You can also download the program here.

Optional Thursday Activities

  • Golf Tournament Registration -$100
  • Slow Ride Pub Crawl - $40
  • SCAD Tour - $20
  • Sporting Clays at Dorchester - $100
  • Special Optional Activity: Stacy Watson, General Manager, Economic & Industrial Development, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), and GEDA member, has informed us of a special opportunity.  This year’s State of the Port Address, delivered by Griff Lynch, GPA Executive Director, with Governor Nathan Deal expected to attend, will take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, 1 International Dr, Savannah, GA 31421 (next door to the Westin), room number to-be-determined on Thursday, September 20, from 11:45am to 1:30pm  Click HERE to get more information and to register.  We understand that tickets are going fast, so register today, if you are interested.

Speaker Photos and Bios (Updated 9/7/2018)

Restaurants at or near the Westin Savannah

Sponsorship Information

To see our current list of sponsors click here.

To learn more about sponsoring this or any other GEDA Event click HERE.

Consent for Use of Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, GEDA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to GEDA’s use and distribution (now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • A registrant who does not submit a written cancellation, or attend the Annual Conference, 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.
  • The last day to receive a refund of registration fees is the close of business (5:00 p.m.) seven days before the Annual Conference begins.
  • 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 choose the “bill me” or “pay by check” option you are still subject to the refund policy.

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