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Much of the work of GEDA is accomplished by the Committees.  There are currently 15 standing committees within GEDA.  There is also one ad-hoc committee, along with two task forces.  Each year at the GEDA Planning Retreat, the incoming Chairs of these Committees meet with the GEDA elected leadership to form an Action Plan for the year. 

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This is the best and easiest way to get involved with GEDA!  If there is an area of interest (or two) below, send us an email and let us know which Committee you'd like to be a part of.  Many of GEDA's Officers and Directors will tell you that they first started serving GEDA through Committee work.  What you will find is, when you give to an Association, you get more back in return.


Business Expansion & Retention - Chair: Brian Sillitto, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Business Recruitment - Chair: Al Nash, Development Authority of Fulton County
Development Authority Executives - Chair: Melinda Lemmon, Cartersville-Bartow County Economic Development
Marketing & Communications - Chair: J.R. Charles, Oconee County - Economic Development
Membership Services - Chair: Mitch Griggs, Union County Development Authority
Professional Development - Chair: Saralyn Stafford, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Public Policy - Chair: Dan McRae, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sponsorship - Chair: Jessica Hood, Development Authority of Burke County
Young Professionals - Chair: Ashley Varnum, Georgia Development of Economic Development

Shared Interest Groups:

Education & Workforce Development - Chair: Jennifer Nelson, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Entrepreneur Development - Chair: Donna Armstrong-Lackey, CarrollTomorrow
Infrastucture & Transportation - Chair: Stacy Watson, Georgia Ports Authority
Natural Resources & Environment - Chair: Ralph Forbes, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Non-Traditional Economic Development - Chair:  Elyse Davis, Georgia Power
Rural Development - Chair: Grant Buckley, Cordele-Crisp County IDC
Research - Chair: Tracey Ussery, Georgia Power

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