GEDA 2021 Annual Conference

Registration is now open. It will remain open until Sept. 10, 2021.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 to Friday, September 17, 2021
Hyatt Regency Savannah
2 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401-1107
United States
* Registration open until 9/10/21 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

Online Registration Closes at 5:00 pm on September 10, 2021. Walk-up Registrations will be available after that time.

Hotel Reservation Information:

GEDA has a room block at the host hotel, Hyatt Regency Savannah. See the information below to book your room.

To make your reservations, please click here: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SAVRS/G-GEDL

If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by Region.

If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

Event details and pricing:

Click "Register Now" above in green to see event pricing options.

For virtual-only attendees, we have a special experience being set up for you all to participate in both the education and the exhibit space. You will not feel left out! You will be receiving emails in the coming days and weeks with how to participate and get the most for your registration dollars.

Detailed Schedule of Events:

Look to the right for the button called "Download Agenda" to download a tentative agenda.

Here is a list of the speaker bios that we have so far.

We will also have the app available soon for download.

GEDA Professional Development Grants

For information and an application to apply for grants related to the Annual Conference click here.

Optional Thursday Activities:

Golf at The Club at Savannah Harbor:

Boxed lunch will be provided. Shotgun start at 12:30. Price: $150.00

Sporting Clays at Dorchester Shooting Preserve:

Lunch will be provided. You must provide your transportation to and from Dorchester. Lunch will begin at 1:30, shooting will begin at 2. Price: $100.00 

Georgia Ports Authority Tour:

The tour will leave the River Street dock at 2:00 PM, on September 16th. The trip up the river will take about 2 hours round trip. The captain will discuss the history of all public and private terminals on the river, what they produce, and the impact on the economy. We will also pass the Garden City Terminal and spend time talking about and watching container ships unload. We will turn around at the Holihan bridge and head back to the dock. Price: $60.00

Restaurants in Savannah, GA:

https://www.visitsavannah.com/food-drink#Profile%20Grid

Sponsorship Information:

To learn about and purchase sponsorships click the link. To view the benefits of each sponsorship click View next to each sponsorship.

https://www.geda.org/products/sponsorships

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact:

Missy Kendrick 

Sponsorship Chair

GEDA

Office: 706-413-4213 x 1

Cell: 770-584-5234

missykendrick@developromefloyd.com

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors:

See logos and links below and to the right.


Champion Circle Sponsors

      

Winners Circle

       

Aaron Szarowicz
Aaron Szarowicz Economic Development Manager City of Douglasville
Adela Kelley
Adela Kelley Regional Senior Project Manager-EIR Georgia Department of Economic Development
Aida Roberts
Aida Roberts Economic Development Manager Development Authority of Walton County
Albert M. Hodge Jr
Albert M. Hodge Jr President Hodge Consulting Services
Alexander Millard
Alexander Millard Project Manager - Region 8 Georgia Department of Economic Development
Alyce Thornhill
Alyce Thornhill Region 12 project manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Amanda Fields
Amanda Fields Sr. Project Manager, Region 4 Georgia Department of Economic Development
Amity Farrar
Amity Farrar Executive Vice President POWER 10 Capital Campaigns
Amy Jackson
Amy Jackson President & CEO Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce
Andrea Schruijer
Andrea Schruijer Executive Director Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority
Andrea Taylor
Andrea Taylor Project Manager - Region 9 Georgia Department of Economic Development
Andrew Camp
Andrew Camp Director of Business Development LeCraw Engineering
Andrew Capezzuto
Andrew Capezzuto Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel Georgia Department of Economic Development
Andy Lucas
Andy Lucas Bleckley-Cochran Industrial Development Authority
Angel Almodovar
Angel Almodovar Assistant to the City Manager City of Acworth
Anna Chafin
Anna Chafin Chief Executive Officer Development Authority of Bryan
Araina Reaves
Araina Reaves Community Development Consultant Georgia EMC
Asher Dozier
Asher Dozier Vice President of Economic Development Newton County Industrial Development Authority
Ashley Hardin
Ashley Hardin Economic Development Manager City of Perry
Ashley Morris Varnum
Ashley Morris Varnum Division Director, Global Commerce Georgia Department of Economic Development
Avery Hart Jarrard
Avery Hart Jarrard Director of Economic Development Board of Regents, University System of Georgia
Barbara Grogan
Barbara Grogan Executive Director Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority
Ben McDaniel
Ben McDaniel Barrow Economic Development
Benjy Thompson
Benjy Thompson CEO Development Authority of Bulloch County
Betsy McGriff
Betsy McGriff Director of Economic Development Dawson County Chamber of Commerce
Bob Kosek Jr
Bob Kosek Jr Director - Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness, Food Georgia Department of Economic Development
Bob White
Bob White Executive Director Development Authority of Butts County
Brad Campbell
Brad Campbell Business Development Pattillo Construction Corp.
Brandon Ashley
Brandon Ashley Commercial/Industrial Marketing Representative Jackson EMC
Breezy Straton
Breezy Straton Vice President Elevate Douglas Economic Partnership
Brent Stubbs
Brent Stubbs Savannah Technical College
Cal Wray
Cal Wray President Augusta Economic Development Authority
Candice Scott
Candice Scott Region 6 Project Manager - ESB Georgia Department of Economic Development
Carlotta Ungaro
Carlotta Ungaro Senior Project Director Convergent Nonprofit Solutions
Carmen Denise Cole
Carmen Denise Cole Director of Operations & Business Development Liberty County Development Authorit
Carrie Barnes
Carrie Barnes Community Development Consultant Georgia EMC
Catherine Green
Catherine Green Marketing Specialist Georgia Department of Economic Development
Chance Raehn
Chance Raehn Senior Vice-President, Development Chesterfield, LLC
Chris G. Pumphrey
Chris G. Pumphrey President Elevate Douglas Economic Partnership
Chris Wood
Chris Wood VP of Economic Development & External Affairs Snapping Shoals EMC
Christy Bozeman
Christy Bozeman Economic Development Coordinator Cordele-Crisp County IDC
Cindi McAdams
Cindi McAdams Business Development Manager ECS Southeast, LLP
Colin Chance
Colin Chance Industrial Project Manager Electric Cities of Georgia
Dan Ver Beek
Dan Ver Beek Director of Business Development The Sack Company
Dana Godfrey
Dana Godfrey The Southern Company / Atlanta Gas Light
Danetha Belk
Danetha Belk Director of Operations, Global Commerce Georgia Department of Economic Development
Daniel Dobbins
Daniel Dobbins President & CEO Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton, Bowman
Darrell Moore
Darrell Moore Executive Director Valdosta State University
Darren Miller
Darren Miller Alpharesults, LLC
David Brazell
David Brazell Business Development Pattillo Construction Corp.
David Cleveland
David Cleveland Director of Business Development Jackson EMC
David Denison
David Denison Project Manager Georgia EMC
David Nuckolls
David Nuckolls Executive Director, Georgia Centers of Innovation Georgia Department of Economic Development
David W. Bernd
David W. Bernd Owner BOE Organizational Services
Deepa Xavier
Deepa Xavier Project Manager Elevate Douglas Economic Partnership
Dessa Morris
Dessa Morris Economic Development Coordinator Development Authority of Walton County
Dorie Bacon
Dorie Bacon Executive Director Screven County Development Authority
Elizabeth McLean
Elizabeth McLean Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Elyse C. Davis
Elyse C. Davis Northwest Ga Manager Community and Economic. Devel Georgia Power Company
Eric McDonald
Eric McDonald President/CEO Haralson County Chamber of Commerce
F.J. Fenn
F.J. Fenn Executive Director Henry County Development Authority
Fernanda Kirchner
Fernanda Kirchner Project Manager, International Investment Georgia Department of Economic Development
Frank Ginn
Frank Ginn Executive Director Madison County Industrial Develop and Building Authority
Grant C. Buckley
Grant C. Buckley Executive Director Cordele-Crisp IDC
Green Suttles
Green Suttles President and CEO Development Authority of Pickens County
Greg Sellars
Greg Sellars Executive Director Development Authority of Jefferson County
Haley Watson
Haley Watson Executive Director Development Authority of Jones County
Hamilton Grant Cagle
Hamilton Grant Cagle Business Development Electric Cities of Georgia
Hannah M. Mullins
Hannah M. Mullins Executive Director Candler County Industrial Authority
Heath Slapikas
Heath Slapikas 365 Degree Total Marketing
Heath Tippens
Heath Tippens Vice President Cherokee Office of Economic Development
Heather Seckman
Heather Seckman Project Manager Rome-Floyd County Development Authority
Imani Beckles
Imani Beckles Decide DeKalb Development Authority
Jason Chambless
Jason Chambless Principal & Civil Department Manager Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Jason Coley
Jason Coley Regional Manager Georgia Power Company
Jason Dunn
Jason Dunn Executive Director Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Development Authority
Jay Markwalter
Jay Markwalter Executive Director Georgia Association of CVBs
Jazmin Thomas
Jazmin Thomas Downtown Manager City of Perry
Jeff Mullis
Jeff Mullis President and CEO The Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority
Jeff Noles
Jeff Noles Director, Key Accounts GreyStone Power Corporation
Jennifer Fennell
Jennifer Fennell Sr. Business Development Manager Jackson EMC
Jennifer Fordham
Jennifer Fordham Region 12 Representative Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Jenny Robbins
Jenny Robbins Manager, Community Development Georgia EMC
Jessica Hood
Jessica Hood Director of Economic Development and Existing Ind. Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
Jim Lovett
Jim Lovett Regional Project Manager Georgia Power Company
Jody Reeves
Jody Reeves Executive Director Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education
John A. Henry
John A. Henry CEO Douglas-Coffee County Economic Development Authority
John Drake
John Drake Vice President-Business Development Pattillo Construction Corp.
John VanBrunt
John VanBrunt Manager, Community Development Electric Cities of Georgia
Jonathan Lupo
Jonathan Lupo President and CEO WWDA
Jonathan Pannell
Jonathan Pannell Partner Gray Pannell & Woodward LLP
Jones Hooks
Jones Hooks Executive Director Jekyll Island Authority
Julian Brown
Julian Brown Executive Director Grady County Joint Development Authority
Justin Farquhar
Justin Farquhar Director: Business Recruitment & Existing Industry Development Authority of Bryan
Justin Farquhar
Justin Farquhar Director: Business Recruitment & Existing Industry Development Authority of Bryan County
Kasey Smith
Kasey Smith Project Manager - ADAM Georgia Department of Economic Development
Kathy Johnson
Kathy Johnson President Gordon County Development Authority
Kathy Oxford
Kathy Oxford Executive Director Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Development Authority
Keith Adams
Keith Adams Member Relations Coordinator Snapping Shoals EMC
Keith Barclift
Keith Barclift Economic Development Director Catoosa County
Kelley Bush
Kelley Bush Economic Development Manager City of LaGrange
Kelly McLendon
Kelly McLendon Manager of Member Services Georgia Economic Developers Association
Ken Warnock
Ken Warnock Cheif Executive Officer Swainsboro/Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce and Joint Development Authorities
Kevin Dodson
Kevin Dodson Business Development Manager Jackson EMC
Kevin Ellis
Kevin Ellis Executive Director Bacon County Development Authority
Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Kimberly Carter
Kimberly Carter Director, Office of Community Development Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Kimberly Hobbs
Kimberly Hobbs Community & Economic Development Director Southern Georgia Regional Commission
Kristen Miller
Kristen Miller Sr. Regional Project Manager, Region 5 Georgia Department of Economic Development
Kristy Rachal
Kristy Rachal Community Development Manager Georgia Power Company
Kyle Fletcher
Kyle Fletcher Executive Director Thomaston-Upson IDA
Lance Morsell
Lance Morsell Director of Economic Development City of Doraville/ Doraville Development Authority
Laura J. Garrett
Laura J. Garrett Business Development Manager Albion
Lauren Price Wiley
Lauren Price Wiley Project Manager Georgia EMC
Laurie Davis
Laurie Davis Operations Manager Augusta Economic Development Authority
Lenzy Kyle Hood
Lenzy Kyle Hood Division Director, Community Development Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Linda Mosely
Linda Mosely CEO 365 Degree Total Marketing
Lindsay Martin
Lindsay Martin Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business Georgia Department of Economic Development
Lisa Davis
Lisa Davis Executive Director Lee County Chamber & Development Authority
Lisa Smart
Lisa Smart Executive Director Berrien County Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority
Liz O'Connor
Liz O'Connor Senior Estimator Evans General Contractors
Lynn Patterson
Lynn Patterson Principal Three Points Planning, LLC
Maggie Richardson
Maggie Richardson Economic Development Coordinator Technical College System of Georgia
Mandy Underwood
Mandy Underwood Executive Director Jenkins County Development Authority
Marion Phillips
Marion Phillips Senior Research Analyst Georgia Power Company
Mark Clay
Mark Clay Manager of Economic Development/Gov't Affairs Southern Company Gas
Martha McAfee
Martha McAfee Economic and Community Development Manager Fort Valley Utility Commission
MaryBeth Flournoy
MaryBeth Flournoy Business Recruitment Manager Georgia Power Company
Matt Carter
Matt Carter Executive Director Pierce County Industrial Development Authority
Matt Colvin
Matt Colvin Director of Economic Development The University of Georgia
Matt Forshee
Matt Forshee Regional Manager, Community & Economic Devleopment Georgia Power Company
Megan Baker
Megan Baker President Fayette County Development Authority
Meghan Duke
Meghan Duke Economic Development Director West Point Development Authority
Melinda S. Lemmon
Melinda S. Lemmon Executive Director Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development
Melissa Kendrick
Melissa Kendrick President/CEO Rome-Floyd County Development Authority
Mellissa Takeuchi
Mellissa Takeuchi Project Manager, Global Commerce Georgia Department of Economic Development
Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes Executive Director Paulding County Economic Development Inc
Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes Executive Director Paulding County Economic Development, Inc.
Michele Rabalais
Michele Rabalais Regional Director Conway Data, Inc. | Site Selection
Michelle Shaw
Michelle Shaw Asst Dir. Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Georgia Department of Economic Development
Mill Graves
Mill Graves Director of Business Development Retail Strategies
Misti Martin
Misti Martin President & CEO Cherokee Office of Economic Development
Mitchell Griggs
Mitchell Griggs Executive Director Union County Development Authority
Molly Olson
Molly Olson Executive Director Development Authority of Burke County
Morris Jordan
Morris Jordan Chairman Development Authority of Walton County
Nichol Linn
Nichol Linn Gordon County Development Authority
Nicole Dozier
Nicole Dozier Community Development Director City of Riverdale
Pat Merritt
Pat Merritt Vice President, Community & Economic Development Georgia EMC
Patrick Ledford
Patrick Ledford Economic Development Liasion Georgia Department of Education
Patrick Topping
Patrick Topping Interim Executive Director Topping Economic Development Consulting
Pricilla Gallogly
Pricilla Gallogly Marketing Coordinator W&A Engineering
Ralph L. Forbes
Ralph L. Forbes Vice President/Regional Director Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Randall Toussaint
Randall Toussaint Director of Economic Development Partnership Gwinnett
Randi Mason
Randi Mason Vice President, Economic Development Decide DeKalb Development Authority
Raul Peralta
Raul Peralta Senior Vice President ECS Southeast, LLP
Rebecca Jordan
Rebecca Jordan Director Metro Atlanta Chamber
Rebecca White
Rebecca White Executive Director Randolph County Development Authority
Richard Blackwell
Richard Blackwell Vice President of Development Agracel
Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks Banks County Development Authority
Rick Story
Rick Story Director of Development Development Authority of Rabun County
Robert Bennett
Robert Bennett Executive Director Development Authority of Columbia County
Rope Roberts
Rope Roberts Community & Economic Development Manager Georgia Power Company
Rusty Haygood
Rusty Haygood Deputy Commissioner Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Ryan Waldrep
Ryan Waldrep President Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority
Sara Gershon
Sara Gershon Associate Counsel Georgia Department of Economic Development
Sarah Rothwein
Sarah Rothwein Preconstruction Coordinator Evans General Contractors
Saralyn Stafford
Saralyn Stafford Rural Development Manager, CVIOG The University of Georgia
Scott McMurray
Scott McMurray Deputy Commissioner Georgia Department of Economic Development
Scott Poag
Scott Poag Director of Business Development W&A Engineering
Scott Purvis
Scott Purvis Region Manager - South Georgia Power Company
Shane Short
Shane Short Executive Director Development Authority of Walton County
Shannon James Sr
Shannon James Sr Executive Director Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance
Shar'ron Russell
Shar'ron Russell Georgia Power Company
Shaun Dodson
Shaun Dodson Senior Site Design Specialist Georgia EMC
Shelley Zorn
Shelley Zorn Economic Developer Thomasville Payroll Development Authority
Slade Gulledge
Slade Gulledge Vice President of Economic Development Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
Spencer Hogg
Spencer Hogg Economic Development Project Manager Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority
Stephanie Cox
Stephanie Cox Senior Manager of Investor Relations & Events Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie Scearce
Stephanie Scearce Vice President of Economic Development Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Stephen Adams
Stephen Adams Executive Director Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority
Sunny Cavan Anderson
Sunny Cavan Anderson Business Attraction Manager Decide DeKalb Development Authority
T. Scott Malone
T. Scott Malone President Development Authority of LaGrange
Tamara Brock
Tamara Brock Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Tammy Caudell
Tammy Caudell Business Development Carroll Daniel Construction Co.
Taylor Brittan Edwards
Taylor Brittan Edwards Project Manager Development Authority of Columbia County
Taylor Walden
Taylor Walden Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Terry Buttrill
Terry Buttrill Public Affairs Director Georgia Transmission Corporation
Terry Cole
Terry Cole Public Affairs Director Georgia Transmission Corporation
Timothy McFalls
Timothy McFalls Manager Commercial and Retail Development Augusta Economic Development Authority
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
Tonya Mole
Tonya Mole Region 6 Representative Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Tyler Garrison
Tyler Garrison Client Development Manager Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants, Inc. A Terracon Company
Tyler Garrison
Tyler Garrison Client Development Manager Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants, Inc.A Terracon Company
Virginia Murphy
Virginia Murphy Waste Water Industrial Solutions LLC
Virginia Sengewald
Virginia Sengewald Project Manager - LEAF Georgia Department of Economic Development
Wayne S. Glover
Wayne S. Glover Manager of Economic Development GreyStone Power Corporation
William Smith
William Smith Economic Development Manager City of Covington
Wylly Harrison
Wylly Harrison Manager, Business Development Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties
11 Other Registered Attendees
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Consent to Use of Photographic Images:

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, GEDA meetings and other activities constitutes an 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 Annual Conference, 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 Annual Conference 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 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 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 I INTEND 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.

Please check the box as part of your registration.

 If you have any questions about the GEDA Annual Conference please contact Kelly McLendon at 404-962-4110 or kmclendon@georgia.org.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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