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Summer Heats Up GEDA

Monday, August 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
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By Greg Wright

2016 GEDA Board Chair 


With summer winding down and everyone getting ready for the start of school, you would think it is time for GEDA to get back into the swing of things; however, things never really slowed down.

Over the summer, Missy Kendrick and her committee have been finalizing the 2016 Annual Meeting in Savannah.  As I write this column, more than 260 people have registered for the conference already.  The Hyatt Regency Savannah always does a great job hosting our conference, and our members enjoy and appreciate the Savannah location.  I hope you are planning to attend because it is sure to be one of GEDA's best ever.

The August luncheon will celebrate regional partnerships with a panel discussion moderated by Tom Croteau from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.  Featured panelists include Nick Masino, representing The Innovation Crescent; Pat Topping, representing Greater Georgia; and Trip Tollison, representing the Savannah Harbor/I-16 Corridor Joint Development Authority.  As economic developers, we must collaborate in order to be successful, and I look forward to learning from these valuable partnerships.

One of my goals for the year was to find a better way to engage our younger members.  I turned to Meghan Duke, economic development director for the City of West Point, and asked her to chair our Young Professionals (YP) Committee.  Meghan had been an important part of the YP group though the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), and I knew I could count on her to help energize this important part of our membership.  She has done just that.  Prior to our luncheon on August 15th, the committee will host a YP Coffee with GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr.  The session will focus on effective leadership, strategies for success and preparing the next generation of economic development leaders to make a tangible impact on Georgia communities.

Finally, this year seems to be flying by, and, pretty soon, the Board will sit down to plan for our 2017 GEDA year.  As we look to the future, I hope you will take the time to share your thoughts and ideas with any member of the Board.  Our organization can only get better when members like you take the time to provide important feedback on how GEDA can better serve you.

Thanks for all you do for economic development, our communities, and the State of Georgia.




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