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Honorary Life Membership Criteria

What does it take to become an HLM?  Basically a lot of quality time and effort poured into the organization and profession as recognized by peers.

The criteria is as follows: 
1. Must be or have been an economic, industrial or community development professional whose activities and accomplishments in the field extend far beyond those necessary to satisfy the position(s) for which he or she has been compensated;
2. Must have at least ten (10) years of service in the SEDC region as a professional economic, industrial or community developer;
3. Must be a past or present member of SEDC and must have demonstrated multiple years of service to SEDC, said service being as a committee member, board member, officer or committed, active supporter of SEDC;
4. Must be at least 50 years old.
HLM designation allows the recipient to hold office in SEDC and to vote. Honorary Life Members who are still active in the economic development profession continue to pay their dues; however, if the HLM recipient is retired from the profession, he/she does not have to pay dues.
The Selection Committee consists of the five immediate past Chairmen.  They will consider any recommendations and present qualified recommendations to the Board of Directors.
The process of nominating someone for HLM Status is through the State Director from a state in which the candidate has served.
  (click here to view the list of state directors) He/she can submit the candidate to the Selection Committee.  Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted.
The package should:
o   Include a letter from the nominee’s State Director and three other letters of recommendation from current SEDC members, on company letterhead;
o   Include a biography of the candidate that tells of his/her service to an SEDC member state, service to SEDC and the significant contributions to the economic development profession;
o   Arrive at the State Director's office by March 10.
For questions please contact Gene Stinson, President, SEDC a
t or by phone at 404-523-3030.