Get Involved

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.

Join a Committee Today!

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.



Existing Industry/Workforce Serra Hall, Covington-Newton County
Business Recruitment Charlie Moseley, Georgia Power Company
Development Authority Executives Cal Wray, Augusta Economic Development Authority
Special Services Awards Molly Olson, Development Authority of Burke County
Membership Engagement Maceo Rogers, City of East Point
Professional Development Megan Baker, Fayette County Development Authority
Public Policy Dan McRae, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sponsorship Justin Farquhar, Development Authority of Bryan County
Nominating Committee Missy Kendrick, Rome-Floyd County

The full 2019 Action Plan for all committees.

Shared Interest Groups 

What is a SIG?

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.

How do SIGs work?
  • SIGs have the autonomy to meet as they choose.
  • Most SIGs will meet face-to-face several times a year at a time and location that meets the needs of its members.
  • There will be no charge for these meetings.
  • SIGs may also have reserved tables at GEDA luncheons.
  • If SIG members find it convenient, SIGs may also conduct their meetings prior to or after GEDA luncheons, or online.

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.



Education Pathways & Partnerships

Barbara Wall, Georgia Department of Education

Public Private Partnership/Redevelopment Travis Stegall, City of Brunswick
Natural Resources Ralph Forbes, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Non-Traditional Economic Development Christie Gribble, Fannin County Economic Development
Rural Development Strategies Saralyn Stafford, The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute
Marketing & Communications J.R. Charles, Carroll Tomorrow
Young Professionals David Denison, Georgia EMC
Research Sarah Carnes, Georgia Power

Click here for the full 2019 Action Plan for all SIGs.