Business Expansion and Retention Committee

At a glance:

  • Identifies & promotes effective local existing industry services, retention & expansion programs and best practices.
  • Serves economic developers with an interest and/or expertise in export & trade issues.
  • Helps to identify, analyze and interpret trade issues and resources.
  • Provides professional development opportunities for GEDA member practitioners seeking to establish or expand export assistance program.

The Business Expansion & Retention Committee was formed from the merger of the “Existing Industry” and “Trade Development” committees. The primary focus of this committee is to identify & promote effective local existing industry services, retention & expansion programs and best practices. Several detailed examples have been assembled in cooperation with the Georgia Tech Center for Economic Development Services, and may be accessed through www.geda.org or the Georgia Tech CEDS website. In addition, The Business Expansion & Retention Committee will now also serve economic developers with an interest and/or expertise in export & trade issues, help to identify, analyze, and interpret trade issues and resources, and provide professional development opportunities for GEDA member practitioners seeking to establish or expand export assistance programs.

Many years ago, to help bring attention to the importance of existing businesses, GEDA started its Existing Industry Awards program, recognizing exemplary existing industry from each economic development region of Georgia, statewide winners in large & small company categories, the "Spirit of Georgia" Award for individual performance, and a Community Award for Service to Existing Industry. The traditional GEDA awards program was discontinued after 2001; GEDA is evaluating potential new opportunities to partner with other organizations to recognize existing industry.
 

For more information, contact Committee Chair Andrea Griner.

Full list of Committee Members


 2014 Action Plan

1)      Document how to set up and launch a community BRE program
a.       Research design of successful BRE programs
b.      Collect information on best practices in existing BRE programs (within Georgia and nationwide)
c.       Identify how to build resource network – include summary of programs, resources and partners
d.      Create document and make available to membership through GEDA website (complete by Annual Conference)
 
 
2)      Document BRE best practices for supporting and building relationships with existing industries
a.       Compile information on industry support and appreciation in existing BRE programs (MAW activities – tours, proclamations, media, receptions)
b.      Research existing BRE programs to identify best ways to build strong relationships with existing industries
c.       Identify ways in which community leadership can embrace and interface with existing industries
d.      Create document and make available to membership through GEDA website (complete by Annual Conference)
 
 
3)      Include resource partners in BRE meetings several times during 2014

(GDEcD Regional Project Manager, Georgia Tech MEP, DoL Regional Rep, Technical College, University System, SBDC)  Providing opportunity to hear about programs and have Q&A with expert.  (Quarterly)

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