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GEDA Annual Conference 2016

I'm writing from the beautiful and historic city of Savannah, GA at the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) Annual Conference.

This conference, my third now, has become a hallmark of my year, both as a professional and a person as I get to reflect on the year and catch up with colleagues around the State.

It always take me back to my internship at the Metro Atlanta Chamber in the summer of 2012 when I first heard about GEDA. I recall not being able to afford membership dues. Fast forward to last year's annual conference when I was selected as a speaker at one of the breakout sessions.

Persistence and dedication can take you anywhere.

As for the conference itself, there's been some great presentations and panel discussions about workforce development, education, entrepreneurship (which went in depth about growth trends in makerspace labs, innovation, and crowdfunding), and an update of economic development accomplishments across the State by Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr.

I love how Commissioner Carr, at the end of his presentation, touted the importance of tourism and the arts in communities to help create vibrancy. Quality of life is a necessary element for giving companies, and their employees, a desirable reason to want to locate in respective cities.

At the end of the day, all economic development is local.

There is one more day left of the conference. As always, so far it's been really good. My wheels are already turning about how some of the ideas and best practices presented can implemented in Canton.


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