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Newsletter Archive [February 2010] [02/08/10]
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New Features on GEDA Website

Site Map

New website … new look … everything seems to be in a new place ... I can’t find the membership directory!!!

I know that the new site can be sometimes confusing. Until you fully experience the navigation of this site, it can be confusing. We have created a SITE MAP to alleviate some of this confusion. Click here and you will see links to all of our main pages. Down the left hand side of the screen are the major subject headers found on our main menu bar, including Membership, Events, News, Committees, etc. Those images are linked to their pages – and to the right are all of the links that can be found in that area. This SITE MAP will be a great way to find whatever you’re looking for at!

 Alphabet Soup

IEDC, ACCG, IAMC, REAP, SBDC … Economic development is like any other industry group – we have a tremendous amount of alphabet soup! There are so many industry terms and so much jargon, that it can be difficult for newer professionals (and even the seasoned folks) to fully understand all of these terms. Well, GEDA has attempted to compile some of these terms and Acronyms to help you more easily comprehend all of it. Click here to see our list (complete with links to most of the acronyms!) 

 Special Service Awards Committee

Award Nominations

Special Service Awards Committee: Committee Chair, Andrea Schruijer would like to be proactive this year in soliciting nominations for special service awards.  So many communities become so heavily involved in their work that they miss out on the recognition that they deserve.  And there are some volunteers who deserve to be honored for their dedication and committment to the economic development of their communities.  Start reviewing the qualifications of Deal of the Year and Volunteer of the Year and consider a deserving project or professional that would be a worthy recipient.  Visit the Special Service Awards Committee page for more information.


Professional Development Opportunity

CEcD Study Group, Certification in 2010 

Do you have any interest in becoming a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)?  Would you like to learn more about what it takes, how to do it, what the study & experience requirements are?  Do you think you have what it takes?  GEDA is going to provide information to those people that are interested in learning more.  If there are enough people who are ready to sit for the exam - we will create and help coordinate a CEcD study group!  GEDA has had a GREAT deal of success over the years in successfully guiding people through the process.  In fact, only Texas has more Certified Economic Developers than Georgia does!

Email us at to let us know of your interest.


Upcoming Events

February - No Program

March 15, 2010 - Monthly Luncheon, Hotel Palomar - Registration Available Soon

April 19, 2010 - Monthly Luncheon, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

May 19-21, 2010 - Spring Workshop, Jekyll Island, GA

Welcome New Members

Keith Barclift, Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority

Mary Beth Bass, UGA Archway Partnership

Benjamin Brooks, Smith Gambrell & Russell

Joseph Brown, Southwest Georgia United

Tedra Cheatham, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Dudley, Winter RLG Industrial Construction

Jason Fritz, Electric Cities of Georgia

Chase Grogan, Student-Georgia Southern University

Sarah Harrison, Municipal Consulting Serivices

Kevin Johnson, Georgia Power

Tino Mantella, Technology Association of Georgia

Kirk Mathews, Benning Construction Company

Leneva Morgan, Georgia Power

Edward Outlaw, Outlaw Consulting, Inc.

Shirley Sherrod, USDA Rural Development

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