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Pushing the Boundary on Innovation: Center of Innovation for Life Sciences & IT

As the fifth largest IT employer in the nation and with more than 165,000 technology employees, Georgia is a hub for innovation. The Center of Innovation for Life Sciences & IT is a leader when it comes to helping these businesses and industries thrive. The Center’s industry experience and insight provides companies with essential resources to solve problems, grow quickly and compete globally.

Let us help you find the right solutions to meet your company’s unique needs. Are you our next success story? Visit to learn more.

State of the Ports

Luncheon and Conference on 11/13 at the Westin Buckhead

The Georgia Chamber invites you to attend the 2013 State of the Ports Luncheon and Transportation Conference on November 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta and feature speakers Governor Nathan Deal, Mayor Kasim Reed (invited) and Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz.  Click here for more details and to register.

Exercise your Leadership by Serving as a Grader

Calling all CEcDs!! IEDC is requesting your participation in the CEcD grading process for the Atlanta, GA CEcD Exam for two credits towards your recertification. The exam is a two-day process on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, 2013.  The grading process will begin at 12:30 pm local time on Saturday, December 14. Please make travel and accommodation arrangements to arrive on Friday, December 13 or early Saturday, December 14.  Interested?  Fill out this form and email it to

Georgia Named No. 1 by Site Selection

Georgia Named Number 1 State for Business

“Making Georgia the premiere state in the nation for business has been a strategic goal from Day One of my administration. We have worked hard to stay ahead of the curve and anticipate business needs not only today, but in the future. Achieving this national recognition means we are on the right track and reminds us of the importance of continuing to strive for excellence in all we do.” - Governor Nathan Deal

Click here to read the full article in Site Selection Magazine.

Consultants Panel and GDEcD Open House on November 18

Our annual Consultants Panel just got better with the addition of the Open House at the Georgia Department of Economic Development before and after the luncheon!  Our Partnerships are here to maximize your membership value so don't miss out on this opportunity.

If you haven't registered for this month's luncheon, now is the time.  Click here to register for the November 18th luncheon at the Renaissance Midtown Atlanta.  We will be hearing from Jeff Forsythe, McCallum Sweeney Consulting, William Hearn, Site Dynamics, and Gary Yates, Jones Lang LaSalle with Jonathan Sangster, Georgia Power as our panel moderator. 


2014 is Right Around the Corner!

The holiday season is upon us and it will be time to renew your GEDA membership dues.  What better gift to give yourself than another year in this organization that you love so much?  Click here to renew your dues if you haven't done so already.

We also want to get on your calendar in advance so here's a list of the event dates for 2014:

January 29 - Legislative Day
February 17 
March 17 
April 21 
May 14-16
 - Spring Workshop at Brasstown Valley Resort
June 16 
August 18
September 17-19
 - Annual Conference at Hyatt Savannah Riverfront
October 20 
November 17

You can add prepaid meals to your membership dues for a bargain price of $240 by emailing us at  For a list of our (and other industry) events, go to our Calendar of Events.  We will be updating that throughout the year.

In Memory of Walt Bellamy

GEDA is sad to report that Walt Bellamy passed away on Saturday. Walt is best known as a Hall of Fame center in the NBA, playing with several teams including our Atlanta Hawks. After his basketball career, he began a career in service – to the Democratic National Convention as a three-time delegate and as Senate Doorkeeper at the Georgia General Assembly. Most recently, Walt served as Secretary-Treasurer of the College Park Business & Industrial Development Authority. More information about his playing career can be found here. Rest in peace, Mr. Bellamy.

2013 Events Calendar

November 18.  Consultants Panel at the Renaissance Midtown Atlanta

December.  NO MEETING.  Happy Holidays!

2014 Calendar is available now too!

New Members in October!

Shawn Gunn, Gwinnett County Economic Development
General Bob McMahon, 21st Century Partnership
Chrissy Miner, 21st Century Partnership
Woody Vaughan, King & Spalding

App of the Month

Did you switch to an iPhone but miss your BlackBerry Messenger?  Well that ends today (actually it ended 10/21). Last month one of BlackBerry's most popular features finally finds its way to iPhone and Android as an official app.  Click here to read more and get the link to the app on your device.

Have an app to recommend to us?   Fill out this simple form.  

Back in Time

On November 22, 2013, our nation will arrive at the 50th anniversary of the assassination of our 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. While traveling in a motorcade in Dallas, TX with First Lady Jacqueline and Texas Governor John Connally, President Kennedy was shot and fatally wounded at 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. At 3:33 pm, Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in as our 36th President once Kennedy was pronounced dead. The oath was administered aboard Air Force One, with Jacqueline Kennedy by his side. By that evening, Lee Harvey Oswald had been arrested and charged in the murders of Dallas police officer JD Tippit and President Kennedy.

Two days later, on November 24, night club operator Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald as he was being transported from a police holding facility to the county jail. The shooting was caught on live TV and was witnessed by millions.   A jury found Ruby guilty of murder and sentenced him to death. While awaiting a trial date for his appeal to be heard, Ruby became ill and died of pulmonary embolism due to lung cancer. Ten months later, the Warren Commission presented President Johnson an 889-page report that stated that Oswald and Ruby had both acted alone in their actions. Georgia’s own US Senator Richard Russell, Jr. served on the Warren Commission.

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