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Drop Everything You're Doing and Put These Dates in Your Calendar!!

GEDA is very excited to announce our dates for the 2012 year!  Make sure to put these dates in your Outlook calendar, iCal, Day Planner or whatever calendar you choose to use.  JoAnne Lewis, Tim Evans and Angie Gheesling have some great ideas for programs next year - just like the great 2011 we have enjoyed!

  • January 25.  Legislative Luncheon.  Empire Room-Sloppy Floyd Building.  (Will be very similar to the 2011 version.  Start talking to your legislators and local elected officials TODAY!)
  • February 20.  Monthly Luncheon.
  • March 19.  Monthly Luncheon.
  • April 16.  Monthly Luncheon.
  • May 16-18.  Spring Workshop at Brasstown Valley.
  • June 18.  Monthly Luncheon.
  • August 20.  Monthly Luncheon.
  • September 12-14.  Annual Conference at Hyatt Savannah.
  • October 15.  Monthly Luncheon.
  • November date is to be determined.
  • NOTE - no programs in July or December.

We look forward to seeing you at ALL of our programs in 2012!

2012 Sponsorships!

Be Heard!  Be Seen!

GEDA cannot function without our many generous sponsors.  We continually strive to provide valuable and meaningful sponsorship opportunities to our membership.  Now is the time to consider sponsoring GEDA ... because some sponsorships have already sold out for 2012!!

One new sponsorship opportunity has already been snatched up for 2012!  We are working with a third party to develop a mobile Conference application for your smartphones.  This will not cost you anything to download and use, but it should make conference navigation and planning so much easier. Also, please be aware that the Legislative Luncheon and the two

 Platinum sponsorships for the Spring Workshop are sold.  Luncheon sponsorships remain!  Contact the GEDA Offices or Brian Dill to discuss GEDA Sponsorships.  And most importantly, THANK YOU!


What is a Smart Grid?

You have asked us to deliver programs on emerging trends and technologies.  You have asked for more panels and fewer speeches from GEDA members.  You have asked us for nationally-recognized experts.  We are listening!  The Business Recruitment Committee is proud to present to you a panel of experts in the field of Smart Grid technology - an emerging sector that has great potential for ALL of Georgia.

As we heard at the October Luncheon from our site selection consultant panel, Georgia is at the forefront of Smart Grid, i.e. developing out electric power infrastructure into a high-tech, digitial communications network.  This 'Smart Grid' enables local and state leaders to embrace the growing need for energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric vehicles.  There are billions of dollars being spent in the US annually on this technology.  There is a huge potential to attract high-paying jobs in manufacturing, assembly, distribution, office, administrative, sales and executive management to Georgia.  There are components of this technology that belong in ALL of Georgia!

"The Smart Grid and its Impact on Economic Development in Georgia" will define the Smart Grid and show you how to prepare your community to recruit these jobs and the resulting economic growth we can all enjoy.  

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the luncheon!  The November luncheon will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center on Monday, November 14th.  Since we have such a quick turnaround from the October luncheon, we are extending the Early Bird deadline until Tuesday, November 8.  Register today!!  And don't forget to bring your local elected leadership so that they can understand this exciting new develop opportunity!


Legislative Luncheon

It's That Time Again!

It's already November, which means that the Georgia General Assembly will be back in full swing again for the 2012 session.  And as we all know, if you wait until January to begin communicating with your legislators, IT'S TOO LATE!  So, NOW is the time to begin communicating with them about issues of importance to economic developers.  GEDA is currently crafting our 2012 Legislative Policy Agenda.  For reference, you can always review the 2011 version, which will likely have a lot of overlap with next year's.  

More importantly, contact your Senators and Representatives NOW and tell them that YOU will be attending the GEDA Luncheon on Wednesday, January the 25th!  Legislators enjoy seeing their constituents visit them in Atlanta.  And GEDA is more than happy to provide the forum for those meetings.  Call your elected officials and urge them to join us on the 25th.  And your local elected officials and Boards of Directors will want to come too!

The 2011 Legislative Luncheon was fabulous and very well-attended by Legislators and GEDA folks alike.  Let's make sure to do the same next month.  Start making plans and sending invitations today!


Upcoming Events

November 14 Luncheon.  SmartGrid IQ Panel at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center.


Mark your calendars for the 2012 Legislative Luncheon: Wednesday, January 25.  Empire Room at the Sloppy Floyd Buildings.  More details to come later.

New Members!

Welcome to GEDA

Andrew Carnes, Dalton-Whitfield County JDA

Matt Carter, Pierce County Industrial Development Authority

Scott Cooper, Tennessee Valley Authority

Derek Long, Student

Lacey Norman, KPMG

Mark Thompson, Choate Construction

Two Big Events Coming

From Our Partners ...

GEDA would like to make our members aware of two events coming in the next few weeks ...

- The Fanning Institute has long been the 'go-to resource' for Development Authority Board Member Training.  Now, in response to demand, Fanning has created a new Advanced training.  The first offering of the new course will be held in Dalton on November 17th.  You can view the Registration Form or contact Diane Little (706-542-0159) for more information.  

- The University of Georgia Terry College of Business will hold its Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon on November 29, 2011 at the Georgia World Congress Center.  You can find more information online or call (706) 425-3051.  The Atlanta luncheon is the first of ten being held around the state and features Dean Robert Sumichrast and Atlanta FRB President Dennis Lockhart.



Renewal Time!

Avoid the Rush - Renew Early!

It's super easy to maintain your membership in THE leading professional association dedicated to enhancing Georgia's economic vitality.  Just log in to your Member Portal page and click where it says 'RENEW' at the top left (near your name and personal information.)  DONE!  And I promise I won't bother you about it for another whole year!


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