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Spring Registration is OPEN

May 18-20 at Sea Palms on St. Simons Island

GEDA is very pleased to announce that REGISTRATION is now available for the 2011 Spring Workshop!  We are still tweaking some of the final details, but that will be taken care of shortly.  Angie Gheesling and her Committee have a STELLAR lineup waiting for you in St Simons.  Come and get the tools you'll need to SURVIVE today's economy and not get voted off the island.

OUTSTANDING array of breakout sessions; OUTlandish entertainment on Wednesday night; ample OUTdoor networking opportunities; speakers to help you OUTmaneuver the competition - it's all right here a Spring Workshop 2011!!!


Seven Positions Available

There are currently seven fantastic positions available on the GEDA Jobs Center.  They are all over the state and are seeking varied levels of experience and knowledge.

  • Economic Development Research Intern, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce (Duluth)
  • Archway Professional, UGA Archway Partnership (Hawkinsville)
  • CEO, Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber (Milledgeville)
  • Membership Manager, Greater Macon Chamber (Macon)
  • Senior Project Manager, Metro Atlanta Chamber (Atlanta)
  • Asst. Dir. of Economic & Community Development, City of Macon (Macon)
  • Executive Director, Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (Valdosta) 

April Luncheon Deadline 

DOL Commissioner Mark Butler

TODAY is the deadline to register for the April luncheon at the EARLY BIRD price.  Make sure to REGISTER TODAY to save money!

Technology State of the Industry Report

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, unveiled results from its 2011 State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report. The report was released at TAG’s 8th annual Georgia Technology Summit on March 23rd


 With more than 13-thousand technology companies and close to 250-thousand technologists in our state, Georgia is truly emerging as a top state in the nation for technology. It is TAG’s hope that the State of the Industry Report and ‘Where Georgia Leads’ maps prove to be valuable resources for decision-makers as they look to expand or relocate their businesses in Georgia.

For more information on the State or the Industry Report or TAG, contact Heather Miner, Director of Economic and Community Resources.    


Click here to read the full article.   

Georgia Logistics Summit

May 10; 8am - 4pm at Cobb Galleria

On May 9th & 10th the State of Georgia will hold its Third Annual Georgia Logistics Summit hosted by the Center of Innovation for Logistics.  In just three short years, the Georgia Logistics Summit has become a truly unique and highly anticipated event.  The Summit has doubled in size every year and hosted 950 participants from 12 states in 2010; most importantly, 85% came from private industry.  All indications are for this to continue and the 2011 Summit to attract even more participants from all over the World! 
Themed as "Thriving in a Changing Ecosystem" the 2011 Summit will explore logistics business opportunity - and their requirements - across a set of six markets:  Agribusiness, Air Freight, Energy, Life-sciences, Manufacturing, and Ocean Freight.

Already confirmed for 2011 is a full agenda and speaker list of more than 30 industry leaders across six “Opportunity Sessions”, 3 keynote speakers and special guests. Summit attendees will have the chance to interact with these industry executives who will share their perspectives on what is desired from logistics providers, current gaps in service offerings, and specific industry trends that will impact logistics service delivery. 

Click here to see the flyer.  Or go to this website to register.


It's Not too Late to Sponsor Spring!

GEDA has a lot of scholarship options available for Spring Workshop.  And now, it's easier than ever to sponsor!  You can add it to your registration when you register for the Conference!  You can sponsor as a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze Conference Sponsor.  Or we have a lot of other options as well, like:

  • Evening entertainment ($2,500.)  This is one our members will NOT soon forget!  Wouldn't you love to have your logo attached to this???
  • New members/Board luncheon ($750.)  Wednesday luncheon for the GEDA Board of Directors and new members.
  • Refreshment Break ($1,000.)  Breaks with our sponsors - and you can be the one everyone thanks for the cookies and COKE products!
  • Golf Tournament:
    • Tournament sponsor - $500
    • Hole sponsor - $100
    • Beverage cart sponsor ($1,000).  EVERYONE loves seeing the beverage cart come!

For more information, contact Sponsorship Committee Chair, Ricky McGee.


2011 Events Calendar

April 18  Luncheon at Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, featuring Dept. of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. (Our last three programs have sold out.  Don't delay and be left out!)

May 18-20  Spring Workshop.  Sea Palms at St. Simons Island.  Hotel reservations are totally booked.  Overflow is available at the Sea Palms Inn.

Welcome New Members

Georgia Department of Economic Development
Ashlee Aurandt
Chris Cummiskey
Stacey Davis
Craig Dominey
Tony Greene
LaRhonda Jackson
Lee Thomas
Faye Tripp
Stella Xu

Trusted Business Advisors
Jeannine Brown

Dalton Utilities
Mark Buckner

Integra Water, LLC
John McDonald

City of Douglasville Development Authority
Cindy Pocali

Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber
Don Sims

Who's the Next GEDA Leader?

 Nominating Committee Will Meet This Summer

Start thinking.  Who will be the next person to lead GEDA?  Who are the next all-stars who are ready to shine on the Board of Directors or as Committee Chairs? 

The GEDA Nominating Committee will meet this summer to develop of slate of Officers and Directors for the coming years.  We would like your feedback as to the people you feel are the right ones to lead this Association.  More information will be available soon.

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