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A thank you message from Greg Wright

Wednesday, December 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Greg Wright
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Well, the end of the year is fast approaching, and so, too, is my tenure as Chairman of GEDA.

First, let me thank you for the honor of serving as GEDA Chairman.  I first joined the organization in 1996 and can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single minute.

I need to thank former chairman Bob White for calling me into service.  When Bob became GEDA chairman in 2011, he called and asked me to chair the Development Authority Executives Committee.  I was a little surprised because I had only been a Development Authority executive for 18 months; however, I welcomed the opportunity to help.  That led to an opportunity to join the Board of Directors and ultimately to become an officer.

I would also like to thank my fellow officers, directors, committee chairs and shared interest group chairs for their service, dedication and support.  We are very fortunate to have members who are willing to give of their time to help make our association better.  While we did not always agree on the best course of action, we were able to discuss issues fairly and openly and, in the end, make a decision that we felt was in the best interests of the association and of you, our members.

I want to thank our dedicated staff.  One of the things I am most proud of over the last few years has been the increased level of respect that GEDA has garnered in the state.  GEDA has always been a respected organization within the economic development community, but we continue, through the hard work for our president, Kevin Shea, to build important relationships with key groups and organizations in the state.  GEDA is seen as a valuable resource on economic development issues to many groups and organizations in the state.

Although fairly new to GEDA, Kelly McLendon has brought a new perspective to the membership services position, and I am excited to see how we grow the organization and better serve our members in the future through Kelly’s hard work.

Finally, I can trace my willingness to serve back to my parents.  Growing up, my father was a member of the Newnan Lions Club, was a Scoutmaster and was a volunteer with the American Red Cross.  My mother played piano at 2 churches and was a president of the Secretaries Association in Newnan.  I can remember going with my dad to sell mops, brooms and light bulbs to raise money for the Lions Club to help the blind, and I can remember going to Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival as my mother sold t-shirts for the Secretaries Association to help fund scholarships.

One of my fears is that, in the hustle and bustle of our world today, we lose sight of our need to give back to others.  Time is our most valuable commodity, and I honored to have given of my time to help the Georgia Economic Developers Association. 

My challenge to you is for you to dedicate just a little bit of your time to help make GEDA a better organization and help it promote quality economic development in our state.

Thanks for all you do for economic development and for all you do to help GEDA.

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