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GEDA Hosts Angel Investor Tax Credit Workshop

House Bill 1069 contains a measure will will deliver a critical boost to Georgia's high tech industry by providing an income tax credit of up to $50,000 for individuals who invest in innovative start-up companies in Georgia.  This new legislation will assit Georgia in attracting a much-needed influx of angel investment and venture capital to spur business development for intellectual property constantly being generated out of world-renowned educational institutions and research organizations.  Click here to learn more about this session, hosted by GEDA, the Technology Association of Georgia and the Gwinnett Chamber Technology Council.  The program will take place on Friday, June 25th at the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.

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Easiest Way to Receive Updates

Real Simple Synidcation (RSS) feeds are now available for this new version of the GEDA Gazette.  At the very bottom of this screen, you will seen several words - one of them is "RSS."  Click on RSS and you will go to a sign up page for the RSS feeds.  Once there, you can name the feed, place it in a folder, etc.  Once you have finished this - whenever a new Gazette is published, it will automatically appear in your RSS Feed folder (which is in Microsoft Outlook for many people.)  This is the easiest and quisckest way to get the LATEST updates from GEDA!

 Survey is Still Open!

We are still collecting responses for the Spring Workshop Survey on SurveyMonkey.  Let us know what you thought!  Go to to complete the quick, simple survey.

Ink Publishing Offer to GEDA Members

Ink Publishing is a proud sponsor of the GEDA Spring Workshop and the publisher of 35 in-flight magazine titles worldwide including AirTran Airways, Go Magazine and United Airlines, Hemispheres Magazine.  These publications are a direct source to CEO's of thousands of organizations, both nationally and internationally.  The magazines are read regularly by the airline's frequent business travelers and have relevant business features in each issue.  They offer an excellent opportunity to pitch the benefits of operating businesses in your area.  Ink is offering all GEDA members and Conference attendees significant discounts in all their publications.  Please contact Hope Levy at 678-553-8084 for more information.  Click here to view all Ink Publishing Magazines Online.  Click on any cover to review the magazine page by page.

Annual Conference Room Block!

ROOMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!  GEDA has negotiated a special room rate of $169 per night at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott for Annual Conference.  That's right - we'll be back at the Marriott this year from September 22-24 for our 47th Annual Conference.  Make sure to reserve your room TODAY at our headquarters hotel.   Call 800-285-0398 to reserve your room.  (We have some rooms available for Tuesday night as well, for all of you who would like to come down early.)  This year's Annual Conference is already shaping up to be a great one.  Scheduled (or invited) to speak are: our final two Gubernatorial candidates for 2010 (we'll know names once the primaries are over) and Dr. Jeffrey Rosensweig, "Global Guru" and one of GEDA's favorites presenters!  There will be much more involved with the program, so make your hotel reservations now and keep watching your inbox for more Conference information.

Awards Time!

Since Annual Conference is near, that must mean it's time to Nominate for the GEDA Awards!

Each year at the GEDA Annual Confernce, we host an Awards Banquet to recognize some of our brightest stars and most amazing achievements.  These awards include:

  • Rip Wiley Award for Professional Excellence
  • Governor Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Honorary Lifetime Membership
  • Deal of the Year awards for three communities

YOU get to submit the names and accomplishments that will be considered by the Board of Directors and Professional Development Committee.  Click here to continue reading and learn what the awards are all about and how to submit information.  Contact Andrea Schruijer to submit names and/or projects to be considered for the Awards.

Scholarships Available

GEDA can help three communities take an International Trade Mission

Don’t allow lack of funding to prevent you from participating in international trade missions and trade shows.  GEDA is here to assist.  Three communities benefited from GEDA’s International Trade Mission Scholarships last year and this year, one of those communities could be yours.

Visit the Professional Development Committee page to view applications and deadlines for GEDA’s International Trade Mission Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities that are available to promote continuing education and professional development.

For more information on international trade missions and trades shows, please visit Upcoming Business Missions.

For those who are already registered for the upcoming Farnborough International Air Show, it is not too late to take advantage of this scholarship opportunity. 

Please contact Leah Blasingame for more information.

Upcoming Events

June 21, 2010 - Monthly Luncheon in Macon.  Early Bird Deadline is FRIDAY!!


  • Three Site Selection Consultants on the Panel:
    • Amy Gerber, Jones Lang LaSalle
    • Kate McEnroe, Kate McEnroe Consulting
    • Jay Garner, Garner Economics

SUMBIT YOUR QUESTIONS! - Click here to email us questions you would like the Consultants to answer at our luncheon.  We will take brief comments from each presenter and then open the floor to questions from YOU!

July - No Program

August 23, 2010 - Monthly Luncheon, Piedmont Park.  Catering by The Varsity!

Welcome New Members

Troels Adrian, Georgia Tech

Grant Buckley, The Jordan Firm

Michael Chlopek, Whiting-Turner

Jacqueline Connoe, Sylvania Manufactured Homes

Brandt Herndon, Fayette County Development Authority

Luke Howe, City of Doraville

Leslie Kane, Crye-Leike Relocation Services

Patrick McCarthy, Rabey Electric Company

Lindsay Myers, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development

Christopher Park, Batson-Cook Company

Jack Perry, Tift County Development Authority

Molly Taylor, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Cerita Willie, Student

Nicole Wright, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development

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