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Optional Activities at Spring Workshop

EASY Way to Add, Plus New Options

Need to add a Thursday activity?  Already done that, but need to add a guest or spouse?  It's easy - just click here and fill out the form!

Also - we have an added program at Spring Workshop.  On Wendesday morning, from 8am until 12 noon, DCA is hosting a Finance Workshop.  Come and learn all about how to structure a deal, finance programs and much more.  You only have to pay for the materials, but the information you'll receive is absolutely priceless!  (You can use the same handy Add Optional Activities link above to register.)

And More Finance Fun ...

DCA Announces Major Discounts!

The National Development Council administers a certification recognized by GEDA called the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP.)  There are four week-long courses (that normally cost over $1,000 each) that are required to complete the program.

DCA has announced that BB&T is subsidizing the cost to attend these courses for economic developers in Alabama and Georgia.  Through their generosity, the courses now only cost $150 each - a savings of over $4,000 over the four courses.   This is a truly remarkable opportunity!

To learn more about this INCREDIBLE deal, click here

In Memoriam

GEDA Loses Two

As previously mentioned on our website and via email, we lost Faye Amato to cancer in recent weeks.  Information about Faye is still available on the GEDA Home Page.

We have also recently learned of the passing of Bill Darley.  Bill was a long time employee of Georgia Tech and was a major supporter of the EDI program through the University of Oklahoma and Georgia Tech.  Mr. Darley passed away on April 19.  You can read more about Bill at this website.  Information on contributions (to the First United Methodist Church in Pine Mountain or to Coumbus Hospice.)  Bill was 66 years old when he passed from this life.

Spring Workshop Registration!!

GEDA Spring Workshop 2011, aka Survivor: St. Simons Island, is approaching.  The regular registration rate expires on Friday.  It's not too late to join us on the coast!

Phenomenal programming, outstanding food, unrivaled networking, unforgettable entertainment, coastal setting, breathtaking scenery, and I haven't even mentioned the door prizes, sponsor booths and hula dancers!!  There is NO reason to miss this year's event!  Your peers will be there; your friends will be there; your neighbors will be there; your competitors will be there!  Make sure to register by Friday to lock in the regular conference rate of $250 (increases to $325 on Saturday.)


We have everything planned and waiting on you - all we need is your registration!

Professional Development Survey

Tell Us Where to Send Our Money!

You should have received an email in the last week regarding GEDA's Professional Development Committee.  The survey referenced in that email was created and sent to get a feel for what scholarships would be of the most interest to our membership.  Part of GEDA's mission is dedicated to enhancing the professional development of our membership.  This is partially managed by assisting members with attendance at GEDA and non-GEDA events, like IEDC, EDI, EDFP, etc.  However, we typically will have some scholarship money left over at the end of the year, due to lack of applications for all of our offerings.

Skip Teaster, the GEDA Professional Development Committee and the UGA Fanning Institute have developed this survey in an effort to ask you directly which scholarships are most wanted/needed.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and help us better meet your needs.

NOTE: The Survey will close at 12 noon on Monday, May 16.  Please make every effort to complete that survey as soon as you can.  It should not take more than just a few minutes to complete.  

GEDA Celebrates 50 Years

Planning Underway for 2013

As you may already be aware, the Georgia Industrial Developers Association began as a small, informal group of like-minded individuals that would meet and discuss topics of interest over lunch.  First housed at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the group quickly grew into a large and important voice in the world of industrial development.  Our name changed to GEDA in the early 1990s and we continue to be "the state's leading professional association dedicated to enhancing Georgia's economic vitality." 

Chairman Bob White has named a top-tier pair of GEDA veterans to lead the planning for the year-long celebration.  Annie Hunt-Burriss and Jim Lenahan have already begun preparations for 2013 and will continue to do so until we reach that major milestone.  GEDA welcomes and values input from all of our members, both new and "experienced."  If you have ideas, thoughts, resources, etc for 2013, please send them to the GEDA Offices.

Thanks!  (Don't worry - we'll still be working on making our 48, 49th and 51st years the best they can be, too!)


Survivor: St. Simons Island

2011 Events Calendar

May 18-20  Spring Workshop.  Sea Palms at St. Simons Island.  Hotel reservations are totally booked.  Overflow is available at the Sea Palms Inn.   REGISTER TODAY!!  Regular rates expire on Friday and we will have to add a late fee. 

June 20.  June Luncheon.  Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center.  Program TBD.

Welcome New Members

Hannah Bowles - Student

David Dunagan - Georgia Department of Economic Development

Eric Johnson - Hussey, Gay, Bell, DeYoung

Dawn Malin - Development Authority of Folkston & Charlton County

Gina Lee McKinney - Georgia Department of Labor

Cindy Morley - Georgia Department of Labor

Andrea Taylor - Douglas - Coffee County Chamber & Development Authority


Nomination Form is Available

Nominating Committee Meeting in June

The GEDA Nominating Committee will meet in June of this year to discuss Officers and Directors for the coming year.  Do you have what it takes?  Do you know someone who does? 

The form will ask you who you are nominating, which position (Officer or Board Member) you see them as qualified for and your reasons for nominating them.  It's that simple!

Well, GEDA wants YOU!  Fill out this simple form online to let us know who you think our next leaders should be!  We value your opinion and want to know what you think.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 10th at 4PM.


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