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The board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces two leaders from Grady County have graduated from the multi-day training program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from 10 counties in Southwest Georgia.
The region 10 Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain an understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, region, and state levels.
Grady County graduates at the November 21, 2019, ceremony included Michelle Ausley and Trey Gainous. Ausley is coordinator of the Work Based Learning program at Cairo High School and Gainous is executive director of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce.
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 represent public and private economic development organizations and agencies from across Georgia.
Since its organization, the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state. Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support.
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. In addition, the curriculum features specific leadership skills such as consensus building, ethics in public service, collaborative leadership and other segments needed for effective community leadership in economic development.
The next Region 10 Georgia Academy for Economic Development will begin in August 2020.