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Meet Them There

For economic developers, relationships with local businesses is the foundation of your work.
Here's a tip: Get a monthly listing of new business licenses issued. You can find these at City Hall. The information should also have the address of the business and the business owner's name. 
After investing due diligence on the company, go introduce yourself. By doing this, you're taking a proactive step to building a lasting and trusted relationship. In addition, you're shaping their first impressions of your community, and you've likely added relief to the potentially-frustrating business start-up process.
Business owners/operators genuinely appreciate the welcome and support from their local economic development official.

Georgia Academy for Economic Development

Today I graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

I highly recommend anyone involved in economic development in the state of Georgia to attend. The program is provided by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and has been educating economic development practitioners and community leaders since 1993.

With many of Georgia's economic developers and community leaders having graduated from the Academy, I would say their training was a contributing factor to Georgia being chosen as "The #1 State in the US for Business" by Site Selection Magazine. Educated economic developers and numerous Academy alumni helped make that happen.

Fresh from graduation, here are 5 takeaways I would like to share with you:
What do "Property Taxes" tax? Real Property- Any property that is attached directly to land, as well as the land itself.Personal Property- Any property that is movable and is not affixed to or associated with the land. For example, furniture, bus…

Infrastructure is Essential

Infrastructure is the physical and technological support system needed for the delivery of goods and services.

Internet connectivity has risen among the top priorities for communities desiring to attract businesses and residents. Local governments today are pursing broadband internet, free public wi-fi, and even gigabit speeds across the nation.

Just as communities and cities compete for businesses, they also compete for the infrastructure that supports those businesses.

Yesterday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's administration won approval to invest $45M in water improvement projects. The money will allow Georgia to send more water downstream to Alabama and Florida.

The GA-FL-AL Water War has been raging since 1990. Alabama and Florida argue that Atlanta uses too much water upstream, leaving too little water downstream for businesses and wildlife. In fact, Florida sued Georgia earlier this year.

Neighboring states bickering over water goes to show just how important infrastructure…