GEDA 2020 Spring Workshop

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to Friday, May 22, 2020
Westin Jekyll Island
110 Ocean Way
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States
* Registration open until 5/13/20 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

Book your group rate for Georgia Economic Developers Association

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Event Summary:

Georgia Economic Developers Association

Start Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020

End Date: Monday, May 25, 2020

Last Day to Book: Sunday, April 19, 2020

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • The Westin Jekyll Island for 190 USD - 290 USD per night

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Registration & Optional Activity Pricing:

Click "Registration Options" above in green to see event pricing.

Detailed Schedule of Events:

Keynote:

Jesse Cole

Jesse Cole is the founder of Fans First Entertainment and owner of the Savannah Bananas.

His teams have welcomed more than 1 million fans to their ballparks and have been featured on MSNBC, CNN and ESPN. Cole’s teams have been awarded Organization of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year and have won three CPL Championships.

The Savannah Bananas currently have sold out every game for three straight seasons and have a waiting list in the thousands for tickets. 

In 2018, Fans First Entertainment made the INC 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies in America.

Jesse released his first book “Find Your Yellow Tux – How to Be Successful by Standing Out” in January of 2018.  The book launched #1 in three categories on Amazon and has been sold in 18 countries.   Staying true to his mantra, “ Whatever’s Normal, Do the Exact Opposite,” Cole launched the book with a World Book Tour….at Epcot. 

Cole believes to be successful you need to Stand Out and Be Different. He releases daily videos and blogs on LinkedIn and FindYourYellowTux.com.  He is passionate about creating attention, loving your customers more than your product and loving your employees more than your customers. 

Cole is the Host of the Business Done Differently Podcast.

Optional Thursday Activities:

Wiffle Ball on the Jekyll Island Convention Center Lawn:

This will be a wiffle ball game for all levels of play on the Jekyll Island Convention Center Lawn.  You will eat lunch on your own before you go. This activity is free of charge. Start Time TBD.

Golf at Jekyll Island Club:

Boxed lunch will be provided. Shotgun start at 12:30 pm. $105.00

Georgia Ports Authority Tour - Brunswick:

Transportation and Boxed Lunch will be provided. Tour vans will leave at 12:30 pm from the Westin Valet Station. The bus will return you to the Westin valet station upon your completion. $15.00

UGA MAREX Coastal Expedition:

You will catch a bus at 12:30 pm from the Westin Valet station and pick up a boxed lunch before you board the bus. The bus will take you to the Marine Extension Center where you will Board the boat and explore the Coastal areas.  Upon your return to shore you will board the bus back to the Westin. $35.00

Rum, Wine and Beer Tour (Rum and Wine tasting)

You will pick up a boxed lunch at the front of the Westin and Board a bus at 12:30 pm.  The bus will take you to the start of the tour where you will tour Richland Rum and have a rum tasting, then you will go to Silver Bluff Brewery where you will tour the brewery, and then you will go to Rabbiteye Wine for a tour and tasting. Then you will board the bus and return to the Westin. $70.00

Adela Kelley
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Adela Kelley Regional Senior Project Manager-EIR Georgia Department of Economic Development
Alex Warner
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Alex Warner Forward Forsyth
Allen McCall
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Allen McCall Athens Technical College
Amy A. Carter
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Amy A. Carter Deputy Commissioner, Rural Georgia Initiatives Georgia Department of Economic Development
Andrea Taylor
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Andrea Taylor CEO Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber & JDA
Angie Gheesling
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Angie Gheesling Executive Director Houston County Development Authority
Araina Reaves
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Araina Reaves Community Development Consultant Georgia EMC
Barbara Fiedor
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Barbara Fiedor Georgia Department of Economic Development
Bill Boone
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Bill Boone The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
Brandon Stooksbury
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Brandon Stooksbury Key Accounts Executive Central Georgia EMC
Brandt Herndon
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Brandt Herndon Chief Executive Officer Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
Candice Scott
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Candice Scott Region 6 Project Manager - ESB Georgia Department of Economic Development
Carmen Denise Cole
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Carmen Denise Cole Director of Operations & Business Development Liberty County Development Aut
Casey Farmer
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Casey Farmer Vice President - Land Management Pattillo Industrial Real Estate
Charles Ezelle
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Charles Ezelle Regional Director Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Chris Chammoun
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Chris Chammoun Division Director Georgia Department of Economic Development
Dan Ver Beek
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Dan Ver Beek Director of Business Development The Sack Company
Daniel McRae
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Daniel McRae Partner Seyfarth Shaw LLP
David M. Luckie
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David M. Luckie Executive Director Griffin-Spalding Development Authority
Debra Smith
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Debra Smith President Allen-Smith Consulting, Inc.
Dorie Bacon
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Dorie Bacon Executive Director Sylvania Downtown Development Authority / Screven County Development Authority
Elizabeth McLean
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Elizabeth McLean Georgia Department of Economic Development
Frank Ginn
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Frank Ginn Executive Director Madison County Industrial Develop and Building Authority
Garrett Wiley
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Garrett Wiley VP of Business Development Garrard Group
Greg Wright
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Greg Wright Sr. Director, Community & Economic Development Coweta-Fayette EMC
Hannah M. Mullins
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Hannah M. Mullins Executive Director Candler County Industrial Authority
Heath Slapikas
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Heath Slapikas 365 Degree Total Marketing
Heather Seckman
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Heather Seckman Project Manager Rome Floyd County Development Authority
James Nelson Geter
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James Nelson Geter Executive Director Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Jane Fryer
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Jane Fryer President Meriwether County Development Authority
Jason Chambless
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Jason Chambless Engineer Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Jennifer Fennell
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Jennifer Fennell Business Development Manager Jackson EMC
Jesse Dillon
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Jesse Dillon Project Manager Savannah Economic Development Authority
Jessica Hood
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Jessica Hood Director of Economic Development and Existing Ind. Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
John A. Henry
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John A. Henry President Douglas-Coffee County Economic Development Authority
Jonathan Pannell
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Jonathan Pannell Partner Gray Pannell & Woodward LLP
Josh Walton
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Josh Walton District Director The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
Kathy Oxford
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Kathy Oxford Executive Director Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Deve
Keith Barclift
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Keith Barclift Economic Development Director Catoosa County
Kelly McLendon
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Kelly McLendon Manager of Member Services Georgia Economic Developers Association
Keri Crosby Orvin
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Keri Crosby Orvin Executive Director Development Authority of Appling County
Kevin Shea
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Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Kristen Miller
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Kristen Miller Sr. Regional Project Manager, Region 5 Georgia Department of Economic Development
Kyle Fletcher
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Kyle Fletcher Executive Director Thomaston-Upson IDA
Lauren Price Wiley
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Lauren Price Wiley Project Manager Georgia EMC
Linda Mosely
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Linda Mosely CEO 365 Degree Total Marketing
Lindsay Martin
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Lindsay Martin Director, Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Georgia Department of Economic Development
Maggie Reenstra
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Maggie Reenstra Coweta-Fayette EMC
Mandy Underwood
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Mandy Underwood Executive Director Jenkins County Development Authority
Meghan Duke
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Meghan Duke Economic Development Director West Point Development Authority
Melissa Kendrick
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Melissa Kendrick President/CEO Rome-Floyd County Development Authority
Michelle Shaw
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Michelle Shaw Asst Dir. Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Georgia Department of Economic Development
Mike  Fisher
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Mike Fisher Environmental Department Manager Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Misti Martin
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Misti Martin President Cherokee Office of Economic Development
Molly Olson
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Molly Olson Executive Director Development Authority of Burke County
Patrick Topping
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Patrick Topping Consultant MetroPower, Inc.
Paula Elaine Anderson
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Paula Elaine Anderson President Telfair County Chamber of Commerce
Ralph L. Forbes
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Ralph L. Forbes Vice President/Regional Director Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Ray Cheek
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Ray Cheek Member Relations Coordinator Snapping Shoals EMC
Richard Blackwell
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Richard Blackwell Vice President of Development AGRACEL
Robert David Zellner
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Robert David Zellner Director of Business Development for Southeast US FCL Builders
Robert Long
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Robert Long VP of Economic Development Forward Forsyth
Rusty Warner
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Rusty Warner Executive Director Sumter County Development Authority
Sabrina Kirkland
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Sabrina Kirkland Business Development Development Authority of Fulton County
Sarah Rothwein
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Sarah Rothwein Preconstruction Coordinator Evans General Contractors
Stephanie Davis
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Stephanie Davis Client Development Manager Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Stephanie Scearce
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Stephanie Scearce Vice President of Economic Development Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Stephen McMillan
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Stephen McMillan Project Executive Reeves Young
Tammy Caudell
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Tammy Caudell Business Development Carroll Daniel Construction Co.
Taylor Kielty
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Taylor Kielty Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Taylor Walden
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Taylor Walden Project Manager, Rural Initiatives Georgia Department of Economic Development
Terry Schwindler
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Terry Schwindler President/CEO Development Authority Of Polk County
Tina Herring
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Tina Herring Regional Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Tony King
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Tony King Director Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC
Trip Tollison
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Trip Tollison President/CEO Savannah Economic Development Authority
3 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

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

Concent 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.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

  • A registrant who does not submit a written cancellation, or attend the Spring Workshop, 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 have a death in the family will be excused.
  • The last day to receive a refund of registration fees paid is the close of business (5:00 p.m.) seven days before the Spring Workshop begins.
  • Substitutions will be accepted at any time.
  • 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, they are still subject to the refund policy.

Liability Waiver:

Waiver and Release of Liability – Please Read Carefully

I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in an optional, outdoor recreational activity that has inherent risks, dangers and hazards, and my participation in such activities and/or use of equipment is voluntary.

I, on behalf of myself, my personal representatives and my heirs, hereby voluntarily agree to release, waive, discharge, and hold harmless the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) officers, board of directors, committee chairs, members, and employees from any and all claims, actions or losses for bodily injury, property damage, or wrongful death.

I HAVE READ THE ABOVE WAIVER AND RELEASE, AND BY SIGNING IT AGREE IT IS MY INTENTION TO EXEMPT THE GEORGIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION (GEDA) OFFICERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, COMMITTEE CHAIRS, MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES FROM LIABILITY FOR PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR WRONGFUL DEATH.

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