Last week I attended the 2015 Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) Annual Conference in lovely Savannah: Taking Georgia from Good to Great.
It was my second consecutive time attending in as many years as I have been a member.
I have yet to encounter a better organization that provides so much for its membership- from an resources standpoint and a participation and leadership standpoint.
One quality about GEDA that I really like is that everyone can feel like a part of the group. Seasoned veterans, rookies, development authority executives; chamber of commerce leaders; county, city, and special district directors and managers; engineers, marketers, contractors, real estate developers- they all compose GEDA's membership.
Governor Nathan Deal addressed us on Tuesday evening; and we heard presentations about trends and their affect on jobs in the state, Georgia's ports, global competitiveness, economic development marketing, and leadership insights from appointed leaders of statewide agencies.
I was honored to address new GEDA members at the New Members Luncheon. I shared my experiences about being an active member and emphasized the importance of getting out of GEDA what you put in.
Overall, my hat is off to GEDA and those who helped make it yet, another great conference!