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Research SIG

The Research SIG is designed for Georgia’s economic development professionals who have research as a portion of their job responsibilities.  The SIG gathers two to three times a year to network and learn from each other about data, resources, and methods to support best practice economic development research.

Learn more about your statewide economic development research resources available via:

Electric Cities of Georgia -
Michelle Holbrook, Manager, External Affairs

Selma Dogic, Market Research Analyst

Georgia EMC -
Ricky McGee, Manager, Technical Services

Shaun Dodson, Site Design Specialist

Georgia Power -
Jennifer Zeller, Support Services Manager

Tracey Ussery, Research Team Lead

Georgia Department of Economic Development -
Dana Brewer, Director of Research

David Denison, Project Analyst and Georgia InSite Administrator

Learn more about the primary government sources of economic, workforce, and demographic data:

Georgia Department of Labor, Labor Market Explorer:
Faye Duzan, Workforce Statistics & Economic Research

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey:

U.S. Census Bureau, Economic Census:

U.S. Census Bureau, OnTheMap:

U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates:

Learn more about some of the Georgia university resources in economic development:

Armstrong State University

                Center for Regional Analysis:
Public Service Center:

University of Georgia

Carl Vinson Institute of Government:
Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development:
Selig Center for Economic Growth:

Georgia Institute of Technology

Center for Economic Development Research:
Enterprise Innovation Institute (

Georgia State University

Economic Forecasting Center:
Fiscal Research Center:

Kennesaw State University

Econometric Center:

Valdosta State University

Center for Business & Economic Research:

University of West Georgia:

Center for Business & Economic Research:

For more information, contact Research SIG Chair Tracey Ussery

2018 Action Plan

·        Broaden participation and discussion by creating a SIG with GEDA members from across the state.   Meet after monthly GEDA meetings.

·        Provide program for one GEDA monthly luncheon (“Film” was the topic for 2017)

·        Host one continuing education segment on forms of “non-traditional” economic development at the 2018 GEDA Spring Workshop or Annual Conference.

·        SIG will provide two (2) articles to GEDA staff to publish on web site and/or in GEDA newsletter.


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