Sylvester-Worth County Leaders Graduate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces graduates of their 2013 Region 10 Multi-Day Training Program. The sessions were held at Darton State College in Albany. 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 Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.
Sylvester Worth County graduates representing the city and the Sylvester Downtown Development Authority are: Glenice Stephens, Angel Gray and Jean Brooks. Sylvester was also recently accepted into the Start-Up Main Street Program coordinated by the Office of Downtown Development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Created in 1993 the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all twelve 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 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. The Georgia Power Georgia Company and Georgia EMC provide facilitation 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,” says 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.”
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.  Local elected officials receive certification training credits through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association for completion of this program.
The next Region 10 Georgia Academy for Economic Development will begin in August 2014. For more information on this, please contact Jo Childers at