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Economic Development Research Program

Between 1985 and 2000, Georgia Tech administered the Economic Development Research Program (EDRP) which provided research services to communities throughout the state. Through this program, state resources were leveraged with a small local match to provide needed research to local communities. With funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), that program was re-introduced on a limited basis last year. Two projects were awarded in Liberty County and Grady County, which are still on-going. However, there is a second-round of funding that is being made available for 2014 and it is time to submit your requests. If your community has a need for innovative research, is willing to become actively involved in the project during the study phase and follow-up implementation, and is willing to provide some level of cost match, Georgia Tech and EDA want to partner with you to conduct the research.

For more information on this new resource, you can contact Dr. Alfie Meek, the Director of Innovation Strategy & Impact at Georgia Tech ( You may fill out an application at The deadline to apply for the 2014 funding is December 31, 2013. The final projects will be chosen by the EDRP Board and awards will be announced by February 1. The goal is that the paperwork can be taken care of during the month of February and research can begin in March 2014.

As before, there are limited funds available and projects will be chosen based on local commitment, likelihood of implementation, level of cost match, and obviously a match with the capabilities of the research team at Georgia Tech.

We look forward to getting your applications and partnering with you to meet your community’s research needs.

GEDA Holiday Hours

The GEDA office will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.  We will be closed on those three days in accordance with the state holiday calendar.

Happy Holidays from GEDA  

Thank you.

You have made 2013 an unbelievable success in every way we could possibly imagine. While we certainly spent a great deal of time planning for a fantastic 50th Anniversary celebration, you responded in such a positive way that it is difficult to grasp.

Attendance figures are through the roof, sponsorships set records in every category that we can measure, membership is now over 800, approaching pre-Great Recession numbers. GEDA proactively worked to get our name and purpose out in more public areas through a communications strategy. Starting with the 32-page publication that came with your January Georgia Trend and continuing through multiple placements in newspapers all over the state, more citizens know about economic development than ever before.

Thank you. GEDA is moving forward into our 2nd 50 years and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.


2014 is the Year to Sponsor

Calling all sponsors!  Now is the time to grab your spot on GEDAs 2014 calendar.  With an event almost every month, there's something for everyone no matter your budget.  Some changes to note for the upcoming sponsorship season:

  • There are three sponsorships available for each of these luncheons: Legislative, Meet the Brokers & Consultants Panel.
  • There is only one spot left for Champions Circle.
  • Sponsorships range from $200-10,000

Our sponsorships always sell out so don't be left behind.  Click here for the full sponsorship prospectus.  For availalility and to lock in your event or program of preference, email

Tis the Season to Renew!

It's time to renew your membership to the organization that you can't live without.  What better gift can you give yourself and/or your employees this season than the gift of education and networking to further your careers?  Don't miss all that we have in store for you in 2014.  Renew your membership now by click here, log in and then click the red button that says "RENEW".

2014 Events Calendar

January 29.  Legislative Day at the The Freight Room.

2014 Calendar is available now too!

New Members in November!

Jennie Allison, CSRA Regional Commission
Allen Bernhardt, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development
Ashley M Brown, Macon Economic Development Commission
Brion Fitzpatrick, Inman Solar
Colin Martin, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Nathan Mize, Mize & Mize
Michael Eugene Mizell, Millennium Security Services, LLC
Summer Nix, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce

Be On the Lookout for GEDA Grants Available in January!

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

In 2013, more than $15,000 were awarded through three rounds of applications and we are doing it again in 2014. Round 1 applications will be due in early February. Programs which may be eligible for support during Round 1 will include:

  • Basic Economic Development Course in Atlanta, GA
  • CEcD Exam
  • Community Development Institute
  • Economic Development Institute
  • IEDC courses
  • International Missions
  • Penn Worden (general purpose professional development grant)

In these tight fiscal times, let GEDA help you continue your professional development journey. Apply for a grant today! To download an application, please go to the Professional Development Committee documents page. For further information on GEDA’s scholarship program, please contact Justin Strickland, 2014 Professional Development Committee chair.

App of the Month

"From Dec. 26 to Jan. 6, Apple will offer a free gift every day from the App Store or iTunes. That means free books, movies, apps, songs right after you've opened that brand new iPad or iPhone. Each deal is only available for 24 hours.

But in order to find out about those giveaways you'll need to download Apple's "12 Days of Gifts" app, which is available now in the App Store." -ABC News

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