Professional Development Webinar: Media Relations

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Thursday, September 30, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
This event will be a virtual event. We will send you the links to join the event in the know before you go email in the days before the event.
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* Registration open until 9/29/21 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Media Relations


Chata Spikes, Director of Public Affairs, Atlanta Police Department

As the Director of Public Affairs for the Atlanta Police Department, Chata Spikes manages the department’s overall communication strategy which includes developing organizational messaging both internal and external. 

Ms. Spikes has worked in the media and public relations industry for more than 18 years.  She served as Media Liaison for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Public Information Officer for DeKalb County government, Communications Specialist Supervisor/Technical Writer for Time Warner/Turner Broadcasting, and an Assistant Professor of Mass Communications at her alma mater Fort Valley State University.  

Additionally, she had a successful media career having worked for WSB-TV (Atlanta, Ga.), CNN (Atlanta, Ga.), DeKalb County-TV, Fox News Network, and WYFF News (Greenville, SC) in a variety of on-camera and off-camera roles. 

In 2016, she joined Atlanta Police Department in the role of Deputy Director of Public Affairs under Chief George N. Turner, until her departure to become the first Director of Communications and External Affairs for the City of South Fulton. 

Most recently, she has owned and operated a communications/leadership consulting firm specializing in media, leadership, and customer service training for diverse audiences to include schools, churches, and government entities. 

She rejoined the Atlanta Police Department in 2020 under Chief Rodney N. Bryant.


Member Pricing - $25.00

Non-Member Pricing - $50.00

Andy Lucas
Andy Lucas Bleckley-Cochran Industrial Development Authority
Dorie Bacon
Dorie Bacon Executive Director Screven County Development Authority
Green Suttles
Green Suttles President and CEO Development Authority of Pickens County
Jason Dunn
Jason Dunn Executive Director Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Development Authority
Jesse Dillon
Jesse Dillon Vice President of Business Development Savannah Economic Development Authority
Jessica Hood
Jessica Hood Vice President Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
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
Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Molly Olson
Molly Olson Executive Director Development Authority of Burke County
Reedi Mabrey
Reedi Mabrey Director of Marketing & Research Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission
Serra Phillips Hall
Serra Phillips Hall Executive Director Newton County Industrial Development Authority
Stephanie Mata
Stephanie Mata Director Brooks County Development Authority
2 Other Registered Attendees


September 30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Program

For More Information:

Jason Dunn
Jason Dunn
Executive Director Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Development Authority (229)423-9357
Regular Member

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