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TAG Excalibur Awards

Nominate Your Community's Companies

TAG wants to hear your success stories!  What a great way to promote the companies in your area by nominating them for the TAG Excalibur Awards…

These awards recognize Georgia’s “tech-enabled” companies who demonstrate exemplary competency in utilizing technology to enhance their business.  If you believe yours could be one of Georgia’s best “tech-enabled” companies, or you know of a company who is, apply today.  

Important links!  Further informationApplication form.

Winners will be selected in several categories: Small For-Profit, Small Government/Non-Profit/Education, Medium, Large, Creative.  The awards ceremony will be held on October 21st.

Help your companies celebrate their success!

Celebrating Rural Georgia

Mark your calendars!!  The 2011 Celebrating Rural Georgia Conference will be a unique one-day conference - October 12th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  The program will take place at the University of Georgia Conference Center - Tifton Campus.

This year's program will feature Governor Nathan Deal, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty and Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

Come join other community leaders and stakeholders to celebrate diversity, creativity and our rural heritage!

More information and details will follow soon...

Annual Conference is Upon Us!!

We are just three weeks away from the GEDA's 48th Annual Conference!  Are you registered??

 Highlights include:

  • GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey
  • Former Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher, discussing rural braodband
  • Sales team trainer extraordinaire, Carol Johnson (one breakout session AND a general session!)
  • Senator Ronnie Chance
  • Your own personal, private Competitiveness Initiative Listening Session!
  • GEDA Awards Ceremony

If you haven't registered yet, the time is now.  Early bird pricing ends next Friday, September 9th.  Also, we still have some hotel rooms available on Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott.  We'll see you there!  (If you need extra incentive, we will have over $3,000 worth of cash and prizes to give away during the Conference.  Must be present AND seated to win!) 

Strategic Planning

Shape GEDA's Future!

GEDA Past Chair, Tim Martin, CEcD, EDFP and his task force have been working for several months to develop the next GEDA Strategic Plan, which will cover a five year period from 2012 - 2016.  Tim has reached out to various components of our membership over the past few months and, working in conjunction with GEDA elected leadership, GEDA staff and professional facilitators (thank you, Pat Merritt and Jim Lovett!!) is now prepared to unveil a draft of this plan to you - the membership.  

GEDA is keenly aware of the fact that we exist to serve the members of this great association.  That is why we are coming to you now, asking for your feedback on this important document.  Please be on the lookout for an email from GEDA staff in the coming weeks.  You will be directed to the current draft of the 2012 - 2016 Strategic Plan.  The GEDA Board of Directors asks that you carefully review the document and make your suggestions for anything that you feel should be added, changed, deleted, etc.  

The final draft of the plan will be presented to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting, Friday morning at Annual Conference.  The Board will then take any final comments and suggestions into consideration and will vote to approve the plan at their October meeting.

Thank you in advance for helping GEDA accomplish our mission ... "to provide and promote networking and professional development opportunities and to shape economic development public policy."

Membership Renewal Time!

Okay, not quite yet ...

But you CAN renew now if you'd like to.  If you budget allows for it, you can go ahead and renew for 2012 NOW.  Avoid the rush ... renew today!  You can go to your Member Portal page, and there is a handy-dandy "renew" link available there (right under your personal information at the top left).  It's simple and it's fun!

2011 Events Calendar

September 21-23.  Annual Conference at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott.  Click HERE to reserve your room at the Marriott.  Click HERE to register for the Conference.

October 17.  One of our favorite programs of the year!  The consultants panel will be held at the Marriott Renaissance Midtown.

November 14.  Learn about Smart Grid technology from our incredible panel!  Hosted by the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center.

Welcome New Members

Amanda Blanton, Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Kate Gary, Development Authority of Bulloch County

Richard Thornton, Brantley County Development Authority

Vicki Hyatt, City of Griffin

Jonathan Lupo, Georgia Department of Economic Development 

State of the Ports Luncheon

Another Great Opportunity While in Savannah

The Georgia Ports Authority has invited GEDA Annual Conference attendees to attend the 2011 State of the Port Address.  GPA's Executive Director Curtis Foltz will present the latest developments on the Port of Savannah.  Ticket price is $40 per person.  (Note - registration for this event is separate from GEDA's Annual Conference and is handled solely by the Ports Authority.)  To register, go to and select the State of the Port link.  Or you can call 912.964.3885.  Registration closes next Friday, September 9th!


2011 Governor's Tourism Conference

Sept 11-14 - Macon, GA

The 2011 Governor's Tourism Conference will be held September 11-14 at the Macon Centreplex Convention Center.  Rooms are available at the Macon Marriott (right next door!) for only $124 a night.  Don't miss the biggest event of the year for Georgia tourism professionals!  Click here to read the full invitation letter.  Full agenda and registration links can be found here.

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