Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Join Now
March 2014
Share |

Featured Articles

Georgia's Manufacturing Appreciation Week: April 14-18

Georgia's Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) is just around the corner – April 14-18, 2014. The GEDA Business Expansion and Retention Committee wants to encourage all members to start planning now and decide how you will recognize your community’s existing industries during MAW. A few easy ideas are below…
  • Highlight local industries on the Development Authority website, include video clip if available
  • Write a Letter-to-the-Editor recognizing the impact of local industries
  • Host industry tours for local leadership, providing opportunity to personally extend thanks
  • Ask local leaders to sign “Proclamation of Support” for existing industries
  • Host industry appreciation reception, bringing together industries, local leadership and partners
  • Send a letter to each industry thanking them for their continued impact on the community
Georgia's Manufacturing Appreciation Week was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. For more information, please visit their website -

Renew Before 3/31

Your 90-day grace period is almost up to renew your GEDA membership for 2014.  Don't be left behind!  We don't want you to miss a newsletter or event so click on the renew button below and log into your GEDA account and click the red renew button on that screen below your profile picture.  From there you can select to pay by invoice or credit card.

Spring Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

We are referring of course to GEDA's Spring Conference that is being held on May 14-16 at Brasstown Valley Resort in the scenic Young Harris, GA.  The committee is putting together some fantastic expert speakers and fun optional activities including a wine tasting and horseback riding but we need some help from you.  We can't pull off these conferences at the low rates we offer without our sponsors.  There are sponsorship opportunities at every level so you can get involved no matter your budget.  From door prizes to golf tournament sponsor to the exclusive PLATINUM sponsor level (there are only two spots for this!), we have something that fits everyone to get the exposure you want.  Click here to sign up now or email us with any questions.  All sponsorship opportunities are listed here.

March 17 Luncheon: Featuring our State Partners

What site selection process is not influenced by time, money and risk? CEO and Site Selection Consultant consistently rate incentives, transportation access and a skilled workforce among their top considerations for new location and expansion decisions. Georgia’s top stewards for programs related to these issues will offer their perspective and answer questions in an informal panel at our March 17 luncheon meeting at the Renaissance Midtown.  Click here to register while the early bird rate still applies!
Commissioner Keith Golden, Georgia Department of Transportation
Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Commissioner Ron Jackson, Technical College System of Georgia
Moderated by:  
Tom Croteau
Georgia Department of Economic Development  

2014 Events Calendar

  • March 17 - Renaissance Midtown
  • April 17 - Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
2014 Calendar is available too!

New Members in February

Stephen Albright, King & Spalding LLP
Camilo Andres Caballero
Shawn Gunn, Heart of Georgia RDC
Matt Mattila, Miller & Martin LLP
Darlene Lynch McLendon, Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
William P. Murphy, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
James Pugsley, Gwinnett County Planning and Development
Mary T Root, Satilla Business Services
Gregg Simon, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Diane L'Hommedieu Southwood, J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
Wilhelm J. Ziegler, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

GEDA Welcomes Jim Finch

On behalf of the GEDA Officers and Board, I would like to introduce Jim Finch as GEDA’s Interim President. Jim will serve in the interim position until we identify the next GEDA President. Jim has been a member of GEDA for twenty-five years. He served as Chairman of the GEDA Board in 2006. Jim received the GEDA Rip Wiley Award for Professional Excellence in 2009, and the GEDA Honorary Life Member Award in 2010. 
Jim retired from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs as Deputy Commissioner in 2010 after thirty-six years of public service. Since his retirement Jim has served as manager of Governor Deal’s 2010 Georgia Competitiveness Initiative; a public/private partnership lead by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. He has represented GEDA as legislative monitor for the past four years. 

Jim can be reached at

Connect With Us

75 Fifth St., NW, Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 962-4110 or (404) 962-4109