August 2020 GEDA Luncheon

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Monday, August 10, 2020
10:45 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
2 10th Street
Augusta, GA 30901
United States
30 Seats Remaining
* Registration open until 8/5/20 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

Yes, we are going to meet in person… finally!  The Marriott Hotel, the Georgia Cyber Center and Cal Wray of the Augusta Economic Development Authority, our host and sponsor, have assured us that they will provide clean venues to keep us safe. There will be limited seating with a maximum of 108 people. We will require masks, screen registrants and socially distance during the networking, luncheon and Cyber Center “tour.”  Read on for more information, and let us know if you have any questions.


Cal Wray, EDFP, President of the Augusta Economic Development Authority, has put together a top-notch panel including:  Robbie Bennett, CEcD, Executive Director, Development Authority of Columbia County;  Will Williams, SCCED, President & CEO, Western SC Economic Development Partnership, and current SEDC Chairman; and an industry partner. Augusta’s economic development teams will discuss the history of cyber’s growth in Augusta, how the region has come together around this industry’s development, and how they are working together to further the development of the ecosystem. Thank you to our sponsor, Cal Wray, and the Augusta Economic Development Authority!

There are also presentations planned at the Georgia Cyber Center, after lunch, which is about a block's walk from the Marriott. Thank you to our sponsor, Cal Wray, and the Augusta Economic Development Authority! This portion of the program is free of charge, but registration is required.

Safety Procedures

We are requiring you to wear a mask during the networking time before lunch, as well as afterwards for the Georgia Cyber Center visit. You can remove your mask during lunch at the socially distanced tables inside the ballroom where you will be seated 2-3 to a table. We will also be conducting screening at the entrance to the event. These precautions are for all of our safety.  If you do not feel you can comply please know that we understand and hope to see you soon. 

Upon arrival you will be asked to affirm your compliance with the following statements:

  • I have not experienced symptoms of fever, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, or dry cough or exhibited any other symptoms relating to COVID-19 or any communicable disease within the last 14 days.
  • I have not, nor any member(s) of my household, traveled by sea or by air, internationally within the past 30 days.
  • I did not, nor any member of my household, visit any any area within the United States that was reported to be highly affected by COVID-19, in the last 30 days .
  • I have not been, nor any member(s) of my household, diagnosed to be infected of COVID-19 virus within the last 30 days.


  • Included in your registration fee for the luncheon at the Marriott, just past the main entrance on 10th Street.  You will receive a voucher in your name badge.

August 2020 Event Pricing

Early Registration
Regular Registration
Late Registration
Until 7/31/2020
Member Pricing
Non-member Pricing
You can also purchase 10 event tickets for $550.00. You can choose this option when you are registering online.


Albert M. Hodge Jr
Albert M. Hodge Jr President Hodge Consulting Services
Andrea Schruijer
Andrea Schruijer Executive Director Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority
Andrea Taylor
Andrea Taylor Project Manager - Region 9 Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber & JDA
Anna Chafin
Anna Chafin Chief Executive Officer Development Authority of Bryan County
Barbara Grogan
Barbara Grogan Executive Director Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority
Benjamin Temple
Benjamin Temple Vice President - Regional Manager ECS Southeast, LLP
Benjy Thompson
Benjy Thompson CEO Development Authority of Bulloch 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
Cal Wray
Cal Wray President Augusta Economic Development Authority
Chris G. Pumphrey
Chris G. Pumphrey President Douglas County Economic Development Authority
Christian Hersacher
Christian Hersacher VP of Industrial Services Evans General Contractors
Darrell Moore
Darrell Moore Executive Director Valdosta State University
David Tidmore
David Tidmore Treasurer Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority
David W. Bernd
David W. Bernd Senior Vice President Business Development Newton/Covington Economic Development Office
Dessa Morris
Dessa Morris Workforce Development Director Development Authority of Walton County
Garrett Wiley
Garrett Wiley VP of Business Development Garrard Group
Grant C. Buckley
Grant C. Buckley Executive Director Cordele-Crisp County IDC
Hannah M. Mullins
Hannah M. Mullins Executive Director Candler Co Ind Authority
Hannah M. Mullins
Hannah M. Mullins Executive Director Candler County Industrial Authority
Jana Dyke
Jana Dyke President & CEO Waycross-Ware County Development Authority
Jason Chambless
Jason Chambless Principal & Civil Department Manager Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Jessica Hood
Jessica Hood Director of Economic Development & Existing Ind. Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
John A. Henry
John A. Henry CEO Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority
John Brock
John Brock Manager of Business Development Constructive Ingenuity
Justin Farquhar
Justin Farquhar Director: Business Recruitment & Existing Industry Development Authority of Bryan County
Keith Barclift
Keith Barclift Economic Development Director Catoosa County
Kelly McLendon
Kelly McLendon Manager of Member Services Georgia Economic Developers Association
Keri Crosby Orvin
Keri Crosby Orvin President & CEO Development Authority of Appling County
Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Kimberly Tharp
Kimberly Tharp President & CEO Harris County Chamber of Commerce
Laurie Davis
Laurie Davis Operations Manager Augusta Economic Development Authority
Liz O'Connor
Liz O'Connor Senior Estimator Evans General Contractors
Lynn Patterson
Lynn Patterson Principal Three Points Planning
Meghan Duke
Meghan Duke Economic Development Director West Point Development Authority
Melissa Phillips
Melissa Phillips Business Development Manager Pond & Company
Melvin Williams
Melvin Williams Vice President/Senior Client Development Manager S&ME, Inc.
Michael Norris
Michael Norris Project Manager Augusta Economic Development Authority
Michele Johnson
Michele Johnson Executive Director Toombs County Development Authority
Morris Jordan
Morris Jordan Chairman Southern Crescent Promotions
Ralph L. Forbes
Ralph L. Forbes Vice President/Regional Director Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Ray Cheek
Ray Cheek Member Relations Coordinator Snapping Shoals EMC
Robert Bennett
Robert Bennett Executive Director Development Authority of Columbia County
Sadie Krawczyk
Sadie Krawczyk Economic Development SADIE KRAWCZYK
Scott Poag
Scott Poag Director of Business Development W&A Engineering
Serra Phillips Hall
Serra Phillips Hall Executive Director Newton County Industrial Development Authority
Shane Short
Shane Short Executive Director Development Authority of Walton County
Steve Chalker
Steve Chalker Director of Operations Jefferson Energy Cooperative
Thomas Kent Johnson
Thomas Kent Johnson Vice President of Business Development Griffco Design Build Inc.
Timothy McFalls
Timothy McFalls Manager Commercial and Retail Development Augusta Economic Development Authority
Tonya Powers
Tonya Powers Economic Developer Franklin County Industrial Building Authority
William P. Irwin
William P. Irwin Vice President - Energy Services Jefferson Energy Cooperative
8 Other Registered Attendees


August 10
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Registration
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Networking
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch & Program
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Georgia Cyber Center Presentation

For More Information:

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

Consent to Use of Photographic Images:

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, GEDA meetings and other activities constitutes and agreement by the registrant to GEDA's use and distribution (now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.


·A registrant who does not submit a written cancellation, or attend the luncheon, is considered a "No Show.”No-Shows are not eligible for refunds or credits, and are still liable for outstanding balances.Those who are ill and have a doctor’s excuse or a death in the family will be excused.
·Substitutions will be accepted at any time.
·There will be no refunds or credits for cancellations after the close of business (5 p.m.) on seven days prior the event.
·All cancellation requests must be received in writing (email or hard copy) and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline.
·Refund requests must include the name of the attendee.
·When possible, refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.
·For those who have registered and choose the bill me or pay by check option you are still subject to the refund policy.
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