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GEDA Announces Professional Development Scholarship Recipients!

From Leigh Hopkins, released March 7, 2017

The Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) has named three professional development scholarship recipients for the 2017 Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC). The scholarship recipients are: Jana Dyke, Executive Director, Development Authority of Waycross-Ware County; Meghan Barwick, Marketing & Communications Director, Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority; and Justin Farquhar, Project Manager, Development Authority of Bryan County.

We are proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Georgia Tech BEDC with these scholarship recipients. Accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), more than 3,000 economic developers have taken their first career steps at the Georgia Tech BEDC. Georgia Tech was founded in the 1880s to promote the economic development of Georgia, and we continue that mission today by helping advance economic developers’ careers and communities nationwide. 

GEDA has been a valuable partner of Georgia Tech and the BEDC for decades. As Georgia’s state economic development association, GEDA is the primary resource for networking, professional development and public policy for Georgia’s economic development community. Each year, GEDA’s Professional Development Committee offers more than $16,000 in professional development grant funds to deserving members who are committed to the economic development profession. 

To learn more about GEDA, IEDC, and the 50th Georgia Tech BEDC being held March 21st – 24th at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center.


Rodrick Miller to Talk Economic Resilience at Georgia Tech’s 50th BEDC

From Leigh Hopkins, released January 10, 2017

Rodrick Miller, CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) will serve as the keynote speaker on the topic of economic resilience for the 50th Annual Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course, being held in Atlanta March 21st – 24th, 2017.

Miller is a leader on the subject of economic resilience, leveraging the competitive advantages of cities like New Orleans and Detroit to create robust and economically diverse communities. Miller helped launch the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), the official economic development organization for the city. Since its founding in 2011, NOLABA has been focused on lowering barriers to entry in the marketplace, increasing transparency, and developing strategies for urban economic growth. The organization has helped attract $600 million in new investment and 4,000 new jobs to the New Orleans market, strengthening the local economy and building its resilience to future economic shocks.

The National Association of Counties (NACO) describes economic resilience as a community’s ability to foresee, adapt to, and leverage changing conditions to their advantage. Similarly, the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) content guidelines note that economic resilience has three primary attributes: 1) The ability to recover quickly from a shock; 2) The ability to withstand a shock; and 3) The ability to avoid the shock altogether.

These types of shocks may include downturns in the national or global economy that impact the demand for local goods and spending, downturns of particular industries critical to local economic activities, or external impacts such as natural or man-made disasters, military base closures or departure of a major employer, etc.

A region’s long-term economic prosperity is linked to its ability to deal with disruptions to its economic base. Economic shocks are inevitable, and communities need to be prepared. It is during the relatively prosperous times that communities need keep their focus on resiliency efforts. Economic developers play an important role in building their community’s economic resilience.

Join us on March 21st, 2017 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center for the 50th Annual Basic Economic Development Course where we will explore economic resilience and other core economic development subject areas, meet and network with professionals in your industry from around the country, and learn best practices from some of the industry’s most respected experts. Transform your community. Register TODAY!