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2012 Job Tax Credit Rankings

See Where You Rank ...

DCA recently released the 2012 ranking details for the Georgia Job Tax Credits.  Any area affected by a change in Tier ranking; or a census tract that is no longer ranked as a Less Developed Census Tract can get this information out to businesses so the affected businesses can file a Notice of Intent by February 15.

County Rankings, Less Developed Census Tract Listing, and Military Zones.

2012 County Tier Map.

Contact Brian Williamson 404-679-1587 or Dawn Sturbaum 404-679-1585 with any questions or for further information.

Rest in Peace

GEDA Loses One of Its Finest

One of the staunch supporters of the creation of GIDA (GEDA's predecessor) over 50 years ago and a half-century supporter of economic development has finished his time on this earth.  Bob Cassell (age 93) passed away quietly  on January 3rd in Weeki Wachee, Florida.  Bob was a veteral of WWII and was a chief researcher at Georgia Tech over several decades.  He was known in GIDA/GEDA circles as tireless advocate of training programs and the professional development of our membership.  Just recently, IEDC had created a new award and presented to Mr. Cassell, as reported in the GEDA Gazette last year.

Bob is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and hundreds of friends.  GEDA offers condolences to the family and wishes Bob Cassell a peaceful journey.  The obituary can be found here.

GEDA has also learned that Mike Carrington of Forward McDuffie passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 51.  Information on Mike, his life and his family can be found here.  Condolences go to Ginger and their three children.

Repeat After Me ...

GEDA Resolutions

In 2012, I resolve to:

  1. Attend GEDA more regularly
  2. Always read the Gazette and other blast emails
  3. Be active on a Committee or SIG
  4. Apply for a scholarship
  5. Sing the praises of GEDA staff to everyone I meet
  6. Sponsor ... a luncheon, conference, golf tournament or submit a door prize




2012 Legislative Luncheon

Happy New Year!  GEDA hopes that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is back ready to kick off a GREAT 2012!

We are ready to start things off with a bang at the GEDA Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday, January 25th.  We had tremendous support from everyone last year and great attendance from the legislators.  This is an unbeatable opportunity to rub elbows and share barbecue with the decision-makers at the Capitol.  Impress your Board and staff with a great trip to Atlanta and chance to discuss those issues that matter to YOU and your community in an intimate setting.

Early bird deadline for registrations is Friday the 13th (spooky!)  Send us your reservations today and make sure to include your Board and other key local leaders.  All of your guests can come at the member rate!

Also, GEDA has invited all legislators to attend the luncheon.  But it means SO MUCH MORE if you, the constituent, call your Senators and Representatives urging them to join you for lunch.  Please take this opportunity to invite them to lunch - at GEDA's expense!  That's right - Legislators do not have to pay, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority!

Look forward to seeing you on the 25th!

I've Fallen, and I Can't Get Up!

It's time to renew your membership dues.  Don't know how?  Just follow these super-easy steps ...

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Member Login" at the  very top of the screen
  3. Enter your username and password.  If you cannot recall your username or password, there are instructions on the login screen on how to retrieve/reset them.  PLEASE do not contact GEDA to ask for your password.  We cannot see it!!
  4. You will now be on the Member Portal page.  On the top left of the screen, you will see the "About You" section.  If the end date for your membership has passed, you need to renew.  
  5. Click on the "Renew" link there.
  6. You can choose to pay by credit card (immediately) or by invoice with a check.
  7. You're done!  It's that simple!  And thank you for continuing your membership in GEDA!

If you have any questions or concerns or encounter any issues (besides your password!) please do not hesitate to contact us.

Invest in YOU!

Each year, GEDA awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to support the professional development of our members. These scholarships cover a significant portion of the expenses associated with many of the programs we value.

In 2012, more than $15,000 will be awarded through three rounds of applications. Round 1 applications are due February 6th. These applications are for scholarships which may be used toward programs offered from February through April. Possible programs which may be eligible for scholarship support include:

  • Community Development Institute (The Woodlands, TX) – March 5-9th
  • Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course (Atlanta, GA) – March 20-23rd
  • Upcoming IEDC Courses and exam dates:
    • IEDC Entrepreneurial and Small Business Strategies Course (Albany, NY) – February 13-14th
    • IEDC Technology Led Economic Development Course (Atlanta, GA) – February 16-17th
    • IEDC Economic Development Marketing and Attraction Course (Phoenix, AZ) – March 1-2nd
    • IEDC Real Estate Development and Reuse Course (Washington, DC) – March 15-16th
    • IEDC CEcD Exam (Washington, DC) – March 17-18th
    • IEDC Business Retention & Expansion (Atlanta, GA) – April 19-20th
    • IEDC Economic Development Credit Analysis Course (Chicago, IL) – April 25-27th

NOTE: In 2012, GEDA will award a total of ONE scholarship for the Community Development Institute (CDI), THREE scholarships for the Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course, and TWO scholarships for IEDC courses. If the total number of available scholarships for the CDI and IEDC are not awarded in Round 1, they will be offered in later rounds.

To download an application, please go to the Professional Development Committee documents page.

In these tight fiscal times, let GEDA help you continue your professional development journey. Apply for a scholarship today! For further information on GEDA’s scholarship program, please contact Joy Wilkins, 2012 professional development committee chair, at 404-895-6115 or

Upcoming Events

2012 Legislative Luncheon: Wednesday, January 25.  Empire Room at the Sloppy Floyd Buildings.  Invite your board members and elected officials.

February 20, 2012 - Monthly Luncheon.  International Trade focus.  Georgia Tech Hotel

March 19, 2012 - Monthly Luncheon.  Details TBC. 

April 16, 2012 - Monthly Luncheon.  Details TBC.

May 16-18, 2012 - Spring Workshop.  Brasstown Valley.  Sponsor the conference!

CEcD Interest?

Study Group Forming

Are you ready to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam?  The state of Georgia has a long and very proud history of helping economic developers achieve and maintain CEcD status.  Georgia is second to only Texas in the number of CEcDs!!  

To further that growth, GEDA is currently forming a study group to help our members prepare for the exam.  Self study is invaluable, but studying in a group format has proven to be the best way to prepare for a very difficult exam.  

The study group is forming NOW.  We are going to bring in an outside consultant who will be teaching the Bob Koepke study model, which has helped hundreds of people pass the exam, including many here in Georgia.  

If you are interested in participating in this course and are prepared to sit for the exam in the next year, please email Joy Wilkins, Chair of the Professional Development Committee and let her know. 


New Year, New Officers


Welcome the New Executive Committee

Now that January has begun, it is time to say hello to our new Executive Committee!  Please join me in welcoming/ thanking our leadership team.  They devote so much in time, talent, resources, expertise, advice - GEDA cannot function without them.  (Read bios for the Officers are Directors.)

Chair - Misti Martin, CEcD.  Cherokee Office of Economic Development

First Vice Chair - JoAnne Lewis.  Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority

Second Vice Chair - Angie Gheesling.  Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority

Secretary-Treasurer - Tim Evans, CEcD.  Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Immediate Past Chair - Bob White, CEcD.  Henry County Development Authority


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