Much of the work of GEDA is accomplished by the Committees. There are currently 9 standing committees and 7 Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) within GEDA. Each year at the GEDA Planning Retreat, the incoming Chairs of these Committees meet with the GEDA elected leadership to form an Action Plan for the year.
This is the best and easiest way to get involved with GEDA! If there is an area of interest (or two) below, send follow this link and fill out our online form to let us know which Committee you'd like to be a part of. Many of GEDA's Officers and Directors will tell you that they first started serving GEDA through Committee work. What you will find is, when you give to an Association, you get more back in return.
|Business Retention & Expansion||Brian Sillitto, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce|
|Business Recruitment||Al Nash, Development Authority of Fulton County|
|Development Authority Executives||Melinda Lemmon, Cartersville-Bartow County Economic Development|
|Marketing & Communications||J.R. Charles, Carroll Tomorrow|
|Membership Services||Mitch Griggs, Union County Development Authority|
|Professional Development||Saralyn Stafford, The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government|
|Public Policy||Dan McRae, Seyfarth Shaw LLP|
|Sponsorship||Jessica Hood, Effingham County Industrial Development Authority|
Ashley Varnum, Georgia Development of Economic Development
One of GEDA's strengths is facilitating peer-to-peer information exchange. Shared Interest Groups provide members with another layer of professional development and foster better relationships and information exchanges more easily. They are optional, and vary widely depending on the individual preferences of the group.
There is no cost to join a SIG, but participants must be GEDA members. SIGs follow the same program year as the organization, but participants can join in or drop out at any point.
The most successful SIGs usually have a topic announced ahead of time, though not a formal program. These are not symposia with speakers. They are opportunities for people with similar interests to come together to share experiences and resources and ask questions.
Jennifer Nelson, The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government
|Entrepreneur Development||Donna Armstrong-Lackey, CarrollTomorrow|
|Infrastucture & Transportation||Stacy Watson, Georgia Ports Authority|
|Natural Resources & Environment||Ralph Forbes, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company|
|Non-Traditional Economic Development||Elyse Davis, Georgia Power|
|Rural Development||Grant Buckley, Cordele-Crisp County IDC|
|Research||Tracey Ussery, Georgia Power|