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Local leaders graduate from Georgia Academy for Economic Development

LOCAL GRADUATES of an economic development program are pictured with program officials, l-r: Scott Purvis, Georgia Power; Lisa Calhoun, City of Whigham; Sara Heady, Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce; Celeste Tyler, Main Street Cairo; Araina Reaves, Georgia E.M.C.

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Grady County graduates from the 2017 Region 10 Multi-Day Training Program.  
Lisa Calhoun, Sara Heady and Celeste Tyler from Grady County were among the graduates at the Nov. 15 ceremony.
The academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain an understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.
Class participants represented a number of professional and nonprofessional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 14 counties in southwest Georgia.  
Created in 1993, the academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all 12 service delivery regions in Georgia.  
The Board of Directors of the academy represents public and private economic development organizations and agencies from across Georgia. Since its Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support.
In Region 10, CED cooperative members are Colquitt EMC, Diverse Power-Pataula District, Mitchell EMC and Sumter EMC.
The Academy’s multi-day program, taught one day a month over a four-month period, includes training in the basics of economic and community development, plus specialized segments on business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development, planning and other essentials for community success.
The next Region 10 Georgia Academy for Economic Development will begin in August 2018. For more information contact Gina Webb at 404-387-1429 or by email at

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