April 2021 Virtual Monthly Meeting

Program: GDEcD Update

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Monday, April 19, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
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Event Details

Program

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Update with Commissioner Pat Wlson

Speaker: 

Pay Wilson

Pat Wilson was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) in November 2016. As Commissioner, he leads the state agency responsible for creating jobs and investment opportunities in Georgia through business recruitment and expansion, small business growth, international trade and tourism, as well as the arts, film and music industries. Pat is responsible for leading the GDEcD team in planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. Under Governor Brian P. Kemp and Commissioner Wilson’s leadership, Georgia was named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the eighth consecutive year in a row by Site Selection and seventh year in a row by Area Development. GDEcD was also rated as the nation’s best state-level economic development organization by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2017.

 

Mr. Wilson previously served as Chief Operating Officer of GDEcD from January 2011 until his appointment as Commissioner by former Governor Nathan Deal. As COO, he managed the daily operations of the agency, directed long-term strategy, managed the agency’s legislative priorities and served as the department’s liaison with the Georgia Congressional delegation and federal government partners. In addition, Pat served as Executive Director of the Georgia Allies.

Mr. Wilson joined GDEcD as Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce in 2010. Prior to that, he served on the staff of Governor Sonny Perdue as the director of government affairs. In that position, he led efforts to promote Governor Perdue’s legislative agenda at the State Capitol and managed federal affairs for the state of Georgia. He previously served as director of federal affairs for the state, opening the Washington, D.C., office in 2005. There he worked to promote the state’s agenda with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies as the Governor’s representative to the Georgia congressional delegation.

Prior to his work in state government, Mr. Wilson was director of governmental affairs for Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in Washington. He served under the late Sen. Paul Coverdell and under then-Rep. Nathan Deal.

He is a Franklin Springs, Georgia, native, and holds an undergraduate degree in political science with a focus on international relations from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Melissa and their two children, Padgett and Carter, reside in Sandy Springs.

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Non-Member Pricing - $60.00

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Adela Kelley
Adela Kelley Regional Senior Project Manager-EIR Georgia Department of Economic Development
Alex Jones
Alex Jones Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Alyce Thornhill
Alyce Thornhill Region 12 project manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Andrea Schruijer
Andrea Schruijer Executive Director Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority
Andy Lucas
Andy Lucas Bleckley-Cochran Industrial Development Authority
Anna Chafin
Anna Chafin Chief Executive Officer Development Authority of Bryan County
Ashley Morris Varnum
Ashley Morris Varnum Senior Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Avery Hart
Avery Hart Board of Regents, University System of Georgia
Barton Lowrey
Barton Lowrey Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Benjy Thompson
Benjy Thompson CEO Development Authority of Bulloch County
Betsy McGriff
Betsy McGriff Director of Economic Development Development Authority of Dawson County
Bob White
Bob White Executive Director Development Authority of Butts County
Brandon Stooksbury
Brandon Stooksbury Key Accounts Executive Central Georgia EMC
Brandt Herndon
Brandt Herndon Chief Executive Officer Effingham County industrial development authority
Brian Sillitto
Brian Sillitto Executive Vice President of Economic Development Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Brittany Ivey
Brittany Ivey President/CEO Stephens County Development Authority
Candice Scott
Candice Scott Region 6 Project Manager - ESB Georgia Department of Economic Development
Carmen Denise Cole
Carmen Denise Cole Director of Operations & Business Development Liberty County Development Authority
Catherine Green
Catherine Green Georgia Department of Economic Development
Charlie Fiveash
Charlie Fiveash Executive Director Partnership Habersham
Chris Chammoun
Chris Chammoun Director, AgTech - Georgia Centers of Innovation Georgia Department of Economic Development
Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas Project Manager Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development
Dana Brewer
Dana Brewer Director of Incentives & Special Research Projects Georgia Department of Economic Development
Danetha Belk
Danetha Belk Director of Operations, Global Commerce Georgia Department of Economic Development
Daniel McRae
Daniel McRae Partner Seyfarth Shaw LLP
David Cleveland
David Cleveland Director of Business Development Jackson EMC
David Dietrichs
David Dietrichs Associate Miller & Martin PLLC
David Nuckolls
David Nuckolls Executive Director, Georgia Centers of Innovation Georgia Department of Economic Development
David W. Bernd
David W. Bernd Executive Director Newton County Industrial Development Authority
Donna Armstrong-Lackey
Donna Armstrong-Lackey Director of Public Service & Outreach University of West Georgia
Dorie Bacon
Dorie Bacon Executive Director Screven County Development Authority
EJane Caraway
EJane Caraway Director of Special Projects Georgia Department of Economic Development
Elizabeth McLean
Elizabeth McLean Georgia Department of Economic Development
Emily Poole
Emily Poole Georgia Department of Economic Development
Fernanda Kirchner
Fernanda Kirchner Project Manager, International Investment Georgia Department of Economic Development
Green Suttles
Green Suttles President and CEO Development Authority of Pickens County
Greg Wright
Greg Wright Sr. Director, Community & Economic Development Coweta-Fayette EMC
Hank Evans
Hank Evans Director, Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness, Food Georgia Department of Economic Development
Hannah M. Mullins
Hannah M. Mullins Executive Director Candler County Industrial Authority
Heather Seckman
Heather Seckman Project Manager Rome Floyd County Development Authority
J.R. Charles
J.R. Charles Vice President of Economic Development Carroll Tomorrow
Jana Dyke
Jana Dyke President & CEO Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission
Jane Fryer
Jane Fryer President Meriwether County Development Authority
Jassy Ji
Jassy Ji Partnership Gwinnett
Jennifer Fennell
Jennifer Fennell Sr. Business Development Manager Jackson EMC
Jessica Walden
Jessica Walden Business & Leadership Advisor, SBDC and Fanning 1r2fzb
John A. Henry
John A. Henry CEO Douglas-Coffee County Economic Development Authority
John Soper
John Soper Research Analyst Georgia Department of Economic Development
Joshua B. Stephens
Joshua B. Stephens Director, Policy and Government Affairs Georgia Department of Economic Development
Justin Farquhar
Justin Farquhar Director: Business Recruitment & Existing Industry Development Authority of Bryan County
Kathy Oxford
Kathy Oxford Executive Director Barnesville-Lamar Industrial Development Authority
Kelly McLendon
Kelly McLendon Manager of Member Services Georgia Economic Developers Association
Kendria Lee
Kendria Lee Director for Econ. Devel & Community Relations Georgia Southern University
Kevin Dodson
Kevin Dodson Jackson EMC
Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Kristen Miller
Kristen Miller Sr. Regional Project Manager, Region 5 Georgia Department of Economic Development
Kristi Brigman
Kristi Brigman Senior Project Manager, Corporate & Cyber Georgia Department of Economic Development
Kristy Rachal
Kristy Rachal Community Development Manager Georgia Power Company
Kyle Fletcher
Kyle Fletcher Executive Director Thomaston-Upson IDA
Lauren Price Wiley
Lauren Price Wiley Project Manager Georgia EMC
Len Berg
Len Berg Georgia Department of Economic Development
Lindsay Martin
Lindsay Martin Director, Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Georgia Department of Economic Development
Lisa Smart
Lisa Smart Executive Director Berrien County Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority
Lori Dowdy
Lori Dowdy Operations Manager Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development
Maggie Reenstra
Maggie Reenstra Coweta-Fayette EMC
Mark Clay
Mark Clay Manager of Economic Development/Gov't Affairs Southern Company
Matt Colvin
Matt Colvin Director of Economic Development The University of Georgia
Matthew Gambill
Matthew Gambill Director of Business Development NFP
Megan Baker
Megan Baker Vice President Fayette County Development Authority
Melinda S. Lemmon
Melinda S. Lemmon Executive Director Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development
Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes Paulding County Economic Development, Inc.
Mitchell Griggs
Mitchell Griggs Executive Director Union County Development Authority
Molly Olson
Molly Olson Executive Director Development Authority of Burke County
Nellie Shipley Sullivan
Nellie Shipley Sullivan Attorney Womble Bond Dickinson
Pam Powers-Smith
Pam Powers-Smith Director of Business & Industry Services Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce
Pat Wilson
Pat Wilson Commissioner Georgia Department of Economic Development
Ralph L. Forbes
Ralph L. Forbes Vice President/Regional Director Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Sam Young
Sam Young Director of Economic Development Greene County
Sandra Yang
Sandra Yang International Relations Coordinator Georgia Department of Economic Development
Saralyn Stafford
Saralyn Stafford Rural Development Manager, CVIOG The University of Georgia
Scott McMurray
Scott McMurray Deputy Commissioner Georgia Department of Economic Development
Stephen Adams
Stephen Adams Acting Executive Director Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority
Susan Contreras
Susan Contreras Director of Research Georgia Department of Economic Development
Tate O'Rouke
Tate O'Rouke Business Development Manager Jackson EMC
Taylor Walden
Taylor Walden Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Tim Evans
Tim Evans Vice President - Economic Development Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce
Tina Herring
Tina Herring Regional Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Tony Greene
Tony Greene Project Mgr, Adv Mfg & Aerospace Georgia Department of Economic Development
Tonya Jackson
Tonya Jackson Vice President of Sales and Marketing RA-LIN
Virginia Sengewald
Virginia Sengewald Georgia Department of Economic Development
Wade Johnson
Wade Johnson Business Development Manager Jackson EMC
Yoonie Kim
Yoonie Kim Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
3 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Kelly McLendon
Kelly McLendon
CAE Manager of Member Services Georgia Economic Developers Association (404)962-4110

Thanks you to our sponsor 

Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development