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Corbitt, Floyd complete Georgia Academy for Economic Development

POSTED: November 14, 2013 7:10 p.m.
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Shown at the Nov. 7 graduation ceremony are, from left to right, Pat Merritt of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, Wesley Corbitt, Forrest Floyd and Peggy Jolley and Mike Worley of Georgia Power.

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Wesley Corbitt from the City of Rincon and Forrest Floyd from the Effingham County Board of Commissioners graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development's 2013 Region 12 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 the coastal region of Georgia. The academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.


Created in 1993 by then-Gov. Zell Miller’s Development Council, 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 consists of 22 members representing 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, and since 1998 the academy has been offered annually.


Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support to this important program.


“One of the goals for the multi-day regional academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation,” said Corinne Thornton, director of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. “Many times the participants discover the issues facing their community are the same as those facing other communities in their region, and can then combine limited resources to address the issue.”

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