Professional Development Webinar: Real Numbers that Really Help

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Thursday, July 29, 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 7/28/21 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Real Numbers that Really Help

Alfie will cover fiscal impact analysis and mix in some data regarding our post-COVID economy.


Dr. Alfie Meek is a nationally recognized economist and the Director of the Center for Economic Development Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Meek is also the President/CEO of the Economic Impact Group, LLC., a firm that specializes in economic and fiscal analysis supporting state and local economic development.  Dr. Meek has more than 25 years of experience in economic/fiscal impact analysis and research.

Over the years Dr. Meek has served the State of Georgia in various roles including the technical advisory committee for the Georgia Rural Development Council and the Rural Research Consortium. Currently, Dr. Meek is serving as a member of Georgia Governor Kemp’s Coronavirus Task Force Economic Impact Committee.

Dr. Meek served for many years as the Chief Economist and Director of Economic Analysis for Gwinnett County, Georgia where he oversaw the county’s economic development program as well as its forecasting and research efforts.  In that role, he was integral in the development and implementation of Partnership Gwinnett, a community-wide strategic plan that was named the best multi-year economic development program for large communities by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2010.  During his time at Gwinnett, he played a key role in the relocation of NCR’s world headquarters to Gwinnett, as well as the location of other major companies including HP, AMD, Suniva, a the AAA-affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

Before his time in local government, he spent three years as the Director of Applied Research at The University of Georgia’s Business Outreach Services and Small Business Development Center.  Early in his career, Dr. Meek was the Research Economist for SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Current areas of special focus include economic/fiscal impact analysis, forecasting and modeling, workforce issues, tax policy analysis, and target industry analysis.  In recent years, Dr. Meek has focused on the fiscal impact of investment tax credits in states including Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Texas, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Indiana, Rhode Island, and of course, Georgia.  He has testified before state legislatures in multiple states on the fiscal impact of tax credits and is considered a nationally recognized expert in the area of fiscal analysis.  He is also the owner of LOCI™, the nationally-recognized gold standard in fiscal impact analysis software. Licensed by dozens of communities across the country, LOCI™ helps communities understand the true cost to local governments of development and development incentives.

In addition to his research, Dr. Meek speaks widely on topics relating to economic impact and economic development.  He has also written for economic development-related publications, as well as other periodicals. His research on the size and economic impact of the sports industry in the United States was published in Sports Marketing Quarterly.  This research has been written about and cited in numerous publications – USA TodayGeorgia TrendFinancial Times LondonFortune Magazine, and Investors Business Daily among others, and has been cited more than 200 times in academic work across the globe in academic journals and textbooks.

Dr. Meek holds a PhD. in Agricultural Economics from The University of Georgia; a Master of Science in Business Economics from Georgia State University; and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the American Economic Association, and is a current member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and is a past president of the Atlanta Economics Club. Dr. Meek serves on the board of the Georgia Academy of Economic Development and is an honorary member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics.


Member Pricing - $25.00

Non-Member Pricing - $50.00

Adam Kennedy
Adam Kennedy Executive Director Economic Development Authority of Claxton & Evans County
Aiko Decker
Aiko Decker Cartersville-Bartow Department of Economic Development
Alfie Meek
Alfie Meek Director, Center for Economic Development Research Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
Andrea Schruijer
Andrea Schruijer Executive Director Valdosta Lowndes County Development Authority
Andy Lucas
Andy Lucas Bleckley-Cochran Industrial Development Authority
Araina Reaves
Araina Reaves Community Development Consultant Georgia EMC
Asher Dozier
Asher Dozier Vice President of Economic Development Newton County Industrial Development Authority
Ashley Gowen
Ashley Gowen Executive Director Folkston-Charlton County Development Authority
Bob White
Bob White Executive Director Development Authority of Butts County
Cameron Barnhill
Cameron Barnhill Project Manager, Business Development Henry County Development Authority
Dana Brewer
Dana Brewer Director of Incentives & Special Research Projects Georgia Department of Economic Development
Darren Harper
Darren Harper Project Manager Camden County Joint Development Authority
Dawn Malin
Dawn Malin President & CEO McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority
Green Suttles
Green Suttles President and CEO Development Authority of Pickens County
Jacquelyn E Truelove
Jacquelyn E Truelove President White County Chamber of Commerce
Jane Fryer
Jane Fryer President Meriwether County Development Authority
Jason Dunn
Jason Dunn Executive Director Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Development Authority
Jennifer Collins
Jennifer Collins Business Development Project Manager Savannah Economic Development Authority
Jessica Hood
Jessica Hood Director of Economic Development & Existing Ind. Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
John Sell
John Sell Community and Economic Development Director White County Government
John Soper
John Soper Research Analyst GDEcD
Kate Hogan
Kate Hogan Director of Economic Development City of Centerville
Kathy Oxford
Kathy Oxford Executive Director Barnesville-Lamar Industrial Development Authority
Kelly McLendon
Kelly McLendon Manager of Member Services Georgia Economic Developers Association
Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Len Berg
Len Berg Research Analyst Georgia Department of Economic Development
Lisa Maloof
Lisa Maloof Economic Development Director Barrow County
Lisa Smart
Lisa Smart Executive Director Berrien County Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority
Marva Bryan
Marva Bryan Accounting Manager/Tax Incentive Analyst Development Authority of Fulton County
Melinda S. Lemmon
Melinda S. Lemmon Executive Director Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development
Michele Johnson
Michele Johnson Executive Director Toombs County Development Authority
Ryan Thornton
Ryan Thornton Industry & Manufacturing Specialist Athens-Clarke County Economic Development
Ryan Waldrep
Ryan Waldrep President Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority
Sean Mikula
Sean Mikula Chief Executive Officer POWER 10 Capital Campaigns
Shar'ron Russell
Shar'ron Russell Georgia Power Company
Susan Contreras
Susan Contreras Director of Research Georgia Department of Economic Development
Taylor Brittan Edwards
Taylor Brittan Edwards Project Manager Development Authority of Columbia County
Taylor Walden
Taylor Walden Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Tom Harrold Jr
Tom Harrold Jr Member Miller & Martin PLLC
Trisha Colpetzer
Trisha Colpetzer Manager of Established Industry Henry County Development Authority
3 Other Registered Attendees


July 29
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Program

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