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2014 Job Tax Credit Ranking

The annual rankings for the Job Tax Credit Program have been designated under the provisions of Georgia Code sections 48-7-40(b) and 48-7-40.1(b). The Military Zones have been reviewed for eligibility based on updated detail under the provision of Georgia Code section 48-7-40.1(c)(2). A detailed memo of the County Rankings, Less Developed Census Tract Listing, and Military Zones is now available and may be accessed at:
DCA ranking criteria for 2014 used data based on the 2010 Census Tract boundaries for the 2014 Census Tract designations. Please read the memo carefully for additional information on the Census Tract designations.
A map of the 2014 County Tier map may be accessed directly at:
Additional information on the Job Tax Credit Program, including regulations and forms, may be found on DCA’s Job Tax Credit web page at:
Please feel free to contact Gretchen Corbin at (404) 679-0585 or with any questions or for further information. You can also contact Brain Williamson at (404) 679-1587 or, or Dawn Sturbaum at (404) 679-1585 or, with questions specific to the Job Tax Credit Program.

Legislative Day Update

We hope you are all safe and warm in your homes as you read this.  We look forward to seeing everyone on February 5 for our rescheduled Legislative Day at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot to mingle with our old and new GEDA friends as well as the legislators that are now in session making decisions that will impact the future of economic development.  Don't miss it!  Click here to read more about the event and to register.  Click here to read Jim Finch's report from the capitol.
Thank you to our generous sponsor:


Application Deadline is FRIDAY!

Since its very inception, a core part of GEDA’s mission has been to support the continual professional development of our members. One of the key ways we do this is through our professional development grant program. With more than $15,000 available in funds each year, our grant program is the largest of its kind among state economic development associations in the country!
Don’t miss out on Round 1 opportunities! The deadline for applications is January 31st.
Here is what some of our past awardees have shared with us:
“Having the opportunity to network and learn from some of the best economic developers in the state of Georgia is extremely hard to put a price on, but I know I couldn't have done it without GEDA's help.” 

“When it comes to getting free money, I usually dread all of the time and work involved, but the GEDA application and reimbursement process was quick and easy. I was honored to receive and happy to participate in the opportunity.”

Award Opportunities Only Available During Round 1:

-THREE $1,000 grants for the Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course. More information about this course is at

Other Funds Available During this Round

All of GEDA’s other grants will be available during each of the three rounds of grant offerings this year, until the funding has been expended. Here are some highlights:
  • Up to $2,000 in Penn Worden Professional Development Grant funds. (This grant can be used toward any accredited economic development program. Preference will be given toward supporting participation in programs not already supported by another GEDA grant.)
  • Two $600 grants for IEDC courses. More information can be found at
  • One $1,000 grant for the Economic Development Institute (EDI). More information can be found at
  • One $750 grant for the Community Development Institute (CDI). More information can be found at
Two $1,000 grants for International Trade Missions. To learn more about upcoming trade missions led by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, please visit
  • Two $1,000 grants for the CEcD Exam. This grant can be used to sit for the CEcD exam held at locations around the country, usually in conjunction with IEDC conferences. More information on certification is available at

2014 Events Calendar

  • February 5.  Legislative Day at the The Freight Room.
  • February 17. Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.
2014 Calendar is available now too!

New Members in December and January

Jennie Agerton, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc.
Stephanie Aylworth, City of Powder Springs
David Bernd, Covington/Newton County Chamber
Jim Eshleman, Yates Construction
Steven A. Gonzales
ReKasa Hart, Clinch County Development Authority
Laura K. Johnson, Savannah Economic Development Authority
James Johnson Jr., Covington Newton County Chamber
Marc Martin, Perry Area Chamber of Commerc
Kelsey Ann Pauxtis-Thomas, Camden County JDA
Christian Perry
Marion Phillips
Bill Price, Georgia Technology Authority

DCA's Community Development Institute

February 24-25 in Douglasville, GA
The Department of Community Affairs will be hosting NDC training on February 24 & 25 in Douglasville in coordination with their Community Development Institute. Click here for all the details on this training curriculum. In particular, this NDC training is ED512: Mixed Use Real Estate Finance. The course is normally $690 for the two days, but they are offering it for only $150.  If you are looking for NDC continuing education courses close to home, look no further.
Click here to see the sponsorship opportunities available for 2014
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