Professional Development Committee

At a glance:

  • Promote and support the practice of professional development – that is, the advancement of skills, expertise, and knowledge to succeed in the economic development profession.
  • Facilitate support for GEDA members preparing for professional certification.
  • Promote and administer the GEDA professional development grant program.

A key part of GEDA’s mission is to support the continual professional development of our members. One of the key ways we do this is through our professional development grant program which involves an annual competitive application process coordinated by this committee. GEDA’s professional development grant program is the largest of its kind among state associations.

Are you working to gain the skills and knowledge to be among the best in the economic development profession in serving those you serve? Apply for a grant from GEDA to help you move forward in your professional development journey and meet your goals!

This committee also connects GEDA members with opportunities to help them prepare for professional certifications such as the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

For more information, contact Committee Chair:

Jason Dunn Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Development Authority

2023 Action Plan

Objective: Create and implement a series of one-hour virtual training sessions offered to GEDA members that will be very affordable and give value to the economic development professional.

  • Continued implementation of virtual professional development webinar
    • Topics will include
      • Crypto-Currency
      • Communication skills
      • Real Estate
        • Leases
        • Building Inspection
        • Land Development
        • Infrastructure
  • Dates:
    • February 24
    • May
    • August
    • December
  • Parties Involved
    • The Professional Development Committee will coordinate all efforts through Brittney Love, GEDA Manager, Member Services.
  • Marketing
    • Approximately 30 days prior to the date of the event, an email announcement with registration will be sent out to GEDA members.
    • The Professional Development Committee will provide the GEDA newsletter with the following:
      • A recap of the most recent webinar.
      • A month prior to the next webinar, the Professional Development committee will have information on the upcoming session in the GEDA newsletter.
  • Recording
    • All sessions will be recorded for future uses.

View the Professional Development Committee Roster