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March 2013
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Featured Articles

  • Register for the March Luncheon!
  • Scholarships have been awarded!!
  • Sustainability Survey  
  • IEDC Salary Survey
  • EDRP Announcement
  • GEDA Scholarships at Work!

2013 IEDC Salary Survey


In 2012, GEDA partnered with the International Economic Development Council to collect data for their bi-annual salary survey. The results have been finalized and GEDA has obtained the Georgia-specific results from this survey.

We have arranged to be able to provide these results to our members. You can find the pdf document in the Library of Documents. ANOTHER great benefit of GEDA membership!

EDRP Announcement

As we mentioned a few months ago, there is new funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the EDRP program. The program is designed to fund community-based research that will enhance economic development in the state and local communities. The first recipients of these grants are:

Liberty County Development Authority – Analysis of the ex-military and military-dependent labor force in Liberty County (and surrounding area). This will be used to assist potential employers and industries in their evaluation of opportunities for utilizing people who have served in the armed forces or are dependent on the military presence in the region.

Grady County Joint Development Authority - Economic Impact Analysis of the Motocross Training Facilities in Cairo, GA. This research will help provide an in depth evaluation of the elite-level training facilities that are attracting international athletes to Cairo, and provide a new platform to market industrial expansion to the motocross equipment manufacturing industry.

March 18th Luncheon

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of GEDA at this special edition luncheon! Joining us as our guest speaker will be Dan Reeves, famed NFL Coach.Georgia born and raised, Mr. Reeves was the only coach to lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl. You won't want to miss it! We look forward to see you at the Georgia Aquarium on March 18th.

Sponsor this Monthly Meeting

Our March Luncheon has only 3 spots left for sponsorship! Check out ourSponsorship Brochureto learn more or emailBrian Dillto secure your spot.

Scholarships Awarded for Round 1!

We are so honored to be able to award our outstanding and deserving members with multiple scholarships each year. The 2013 season of giving has begun and we are delighted to announce the winners of the first round.

And the winners are (based on one or more of the following criteria: participation in GEDA, economic development service in Georgia, and financial need):
1. Georgia Tech BEDC:
Andy Camp, City of LaGrange
Kyle Fletcher, Thomaston-Upson County Industrial Development Authority
2. CEcD Exam:
Roger Harrison, Newton County Office of Economic Development
Peter Tokar, City of Alpharetta
Andrea Griner, Houston County Development Authority
3. Community Development Institute: Darren Harper, City of Kingsland
4. GEDA Annual Conference:
Christy Hammons, Pike Co. Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority
Wally Orrel, McIntosh Co. Industrial Development Authority
5. IEDC Courses: Laura Hale, Development Authority of Butts Co.
6. Penn Worden: Meghan Duke, Valdosta-Lowndes Co. Industrial Authority

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners! The next round of applications will be due by March 29. For more information,click here.

GEDASends Cal Wray to Europe

2012 European Prospect Trip Summary
by Cal Wray

In October 2012, I was able to participate in a 17 day marketing/recruitment trip to Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Denmark. By use of the GEDA scholarship I was able to supplement our travel budget to make this trip more economically feasible. As you will see below the trip was successful and met all of its goals.

The main portion of the trip was visiting the Volkswagen supplier show in Wolfsburg, Germany. This 3 day event brings major suppliers to the Volkswagen main campus and allows for a high concentration of potential targets for the State of Georgia and Laurens County. With the help of Antje Abshoff and Franz Pastorius, we were able to meet with potential prospects, current active projects, and call upon many future targets in a very quick time. This trip resulted in meetings with 10+ companies directly and contact with an additional 20+ prospects. This is a high amount of potential targets that are seen for a very economical price compared to single visits in our own counties.
Further, the German trip allowed me to meet companies at their own facilities in Leipzig, Leisnig, Herzberg, and Austria. This was very important as several had visited Laurens County and were active prospects. These 5 companies represent over $50 million in investment and 350+ jobs for our community. These were an added bonus to the trip.

Lessons Learned:
Translated materials into German would be a nice touch for added ease for potential executives to have in front of them. While all speak excellent or very proficient English it gives them an added sense of comfort to have something to refer to in their own language. Travel to additional companies in different locations is much easier than anticipated by train, car, and air. Future trips will allow for added visits to other companies.

Overall this trip was excellent and the assistance by GEDA is much appreciated.

2013 Events Calendar

March 18. 50th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon. Georgia Aquarium. Register today!

April 15. Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. Registration will open soon.

2013 Calendar

New Members in February

Hannah Bowles,Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development
Darron Cooper
Lavette Dow-Jones
Barbara Grogan,
Americus Sumter Payroll Development Authority
Shehzin Jafar,Georgia Department of Economic Development
Mabel Jenkins,Millen/Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce
Kristina Jones,Schiff Hardin LLP
Clay Loyd,
T.E.L.C.O. Inc

Joint Sustainabilty Survey

A team of sustainability experts from Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern University, the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia will soon be conducting a “sustainability” skills survey.Click herefor the full article.

App of the Month

Google it! Raise your hand if you use the term Google as a verb. We do too! And we have the app for it.Here are some of our favorite features:

  • Speak your search into yourApple device
  • Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box
  • Choose from results that appear as you type
  • "Swipe" between an unlimited number of tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards
  • Long press on the back button to quickly access any page in your tab history
  • Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your Apple Device. Pick up right where you left off.
  • Send pages from Chrome on your computer to your Apple device with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline.
  • Open a tab in Incognito* to browse without saving your history
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