Print Page   |   Report Abuse   |   Sign In   |   Register
Sign In
Sign In securely
Newsletter Archive [May 2013] [05/09/13]
Share |

Welcome SEDC's Newest Members

  • Andrena Powell-Baker, Union, SC
  • Maceo Rogers, Atlanta, GA
  • Lynn Huff, Jacksonville, FL
  • Christopher S. Pace, Jackson, MS
  • Bryan Barnhouse, Pine Bluff, AR
  • Scarlett Phaneuf, Panama City, FL
  • Jim McKnight, Blue Ridge, GA
  • Kelli Osterman, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Leasha Johnson, Williamson, WV
  • Megan Lucas, CEcD, Altavista, VA
  • Emily Poole, Fayetteville, GA
  • Lavette Dow-Jones, Atlanta, GA
  • Gary Faulkner, Montgomery, AL
  • Elaine J. McKinney, Lancaster, SC
  • Robert Smith, Montgomery, AL
  • Brian Useforge, Gulfport, MS
  • David Dodd, CEcD, FM, New Orleans, LA
  • Garrett Wagley, Danridge, TN
  • Chris Fallin, Bay St. Louis, MS
  • Katrina Jarboe, Birmingham, AL
  • William Messer, Jacksonville, FL
  • Matt Marshall, Little Falls, MN
  • Rebecca Martin, Springhill, LA
  • Jennifer Nelson, Lancaster, SC
  • Eric Forshee, Charlotte, NC
  • Kathy B Knight, Athens, TN
  • Mike Michalski, North Royalton, OH
  • Phillis Belcher, Eutaw, AL
  • Tanya Maloney, Heflin, AL
  • Dennis Pruitt, St. Louis, MO
  • Darrell Williams, Kingston, TN
  • Donald Shea, Covington, LA
  • Janet Yowell, Edmond, OK
  • Roy Holleman, Natchitoches, LA
  • Brian Daskam, Denton, TX
  • Ann Gaines, Bartlesville, OK
  • David Wood, Bartlesville, OK
  • Eric K Miller, Stillwater, OK
  • Jeffrey G Reed, South Boston, VA
  • Angela M McLaughlin, Stillwater, OK
  • Darla Heller, Coweta, OK
  • Jim Dale Mason, Elk City, OK

Mark your Calendars!

It's not too early to save the date for the following events:

2013 Annual Conference
Tulsa, OK
Hyatt Regency Tulsa
August 4-6, 2013

2013 YP Meet the Consultants
Chicago, IL
Palmer House Hilton
October 30, 2013

2014 Annual Conference
Memphis, TN
Peabody Memphis
August 3-5, 2014

2015 Annual Conference
Savannah, GA
Hyatt Regency Savannah
July 2015

Congratulations to our SEDC Members in their new positions

  • Jason Reiner, AVP Industrial Development, Norfolk Southern
  • Roger Harrison, Chief Business Development Officer, Wagner Service Solutions
  • Gary Walton, President, Huntington Area Development Council
  • Jim Fram, President/ CEO, Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Courtney Bernardi, Director of Economic Development, Covington-Newton County Office of Economic Development

    *If you have news to share with the association, please send to

2013 Annual Conference

Register Today for only $425!

The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) has opened registration for the 2013 SEDC Annual Conference which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa in Tulsa, OK from August 4-6, 2013. Keynote speakers include Dan Rooney, Founder and President of Folds of Honor and Wayne Breitbarth, Founder of Power Formula LLC and one of the world’s foremost LinkedIn experts. Continue reading... 

Chairman's Corner

Dan Motley, Industrial Development Director, Norfolk Southern

The first quarter of 2013 has been an exhilarating and exhausting experience as Chair of SEDC. We entered 2013 on an upward trend with membership growing, a recognized need for new office space for our staff, and the challenges of maintaining a top-flight program for our membership. All of these items are vital to the future success of SEDC, but our main priority is providing value to our membership through high-caliber educational programs and networking opportunities.  Continue reading...

Meet the Consultants

Over 300 Economic Development Professionals Joined us in Atlanta, April 4-5

The 6th Annual Meet the Consultants event was held in Atlanta, April 4-5, at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. This year's program was one of the highest attended Meet the Consultants, with over 300 economic development professionals in attendance for the day-and-a-half event. You can download the speaker presentations and view pictures from the event on the SEDC Web site.

A special thank you to this year's event sponsors.

    Southern Company
  • GOLD
    Greater Georgia, Almost Nashville (KY), Norfolk Southern, AEP
  • SILVER        
    Central AL Electric Coop, I-22 Alliance, Conway Data
    Opelika/ Chambers Counties, AMEA, Area Development Partnership, Economic Development Partnership, Amarillo EDA, Lubbock, Greenspoint District, Coweta County Development Authority, Dominion Virginia Power, West Virginia Development Office, Arkansas Electric Coop, Troy University, Knoxville Chamber, Griffin Spalding, Brunswick & Glynn County, Brand Acceleration, Lake Martin

SEDC Educational Foundation Scholarships

The SEDC Educational Foundation annually awards professional development scholarships of up to $500 each. Congratulations to this year's scholarship receipents: Greg Wright, Ryan Wetherington, Austin Monk, Matthew Poyner and Lisa Collins.

You can support the SEDC Educational Foundational at Silent Auction Reception that is held each year during the SEDC Annual Conference. This year's event will be Monday, August 5th, at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa. If you are interested in donating to the Silent Auction, you can download the form on the event web site.

Communication Awards- Call for Entries Now Available

Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Has Begun Accepting Entries for its 2013 Communication Awards for Economic Development Organizations in the South. These Communication Awards are given each year to SEDC members by SEDC at its Annual Conference. SEDC’s 2013 Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa, August 4-6, 2013 in Tulsa, OK. Submission forms are available at

Over 20 categories of marketing work submitted by SEDC members are evaluated within four division size levels. The awards are: BEST OF SHOW, BEST OF CLASS, SUPERIOR, EXCELLENT, MERIT, and SPECIAL JUDGES’ AWARDS. Judging criteria for General Entry Awards include Graphic Appeal, Clarity of Message, Quality of Information, Positioning / Differentiation and Format.

Judges for the Communication Awards competition are economic development consultants, practitioners and design professionals from across the southern U.S. that work with clients in developing strategies for growth in their communities. SEDC chooses judges based on their knowledge of economic development, site location and de­sign. They understand the needs businesses have in choosing a site and how communities and economic development organizations can reach prospective clients through their marketing efforts. 

Is your Community Suitable for Forest Industry Jobs

FIA Data Helps Locate Wood-Based Company
Economic conditions from 2005 to 2010 meant bad news for much of the South’s forest industry, accelerating mill closings and job losses in small towns across the southern United States. Recently, the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station worked with a leading manufacturer to bring good news to one hard-hit community.  Read more…


Sponsorships Still Available

The Local Conference Committee is seeking sponsors and exhibitors for the 2013 Annual Conference in Tulsa. For as low as $1,500.00 you can support the event and get a complimentary registration. You can download the sponsorship form on the conference web site.

Golf sponsorships are also available for the annual SEDC Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 4th in Tulsa. Sponsorships start at $150.00 for a hole sponsor and goes as high as $1,500.00 for the beverage cart sponsor. Download the sponsorship form today.


Career Center

  • Business Development Manager, Prince William County, VA Dept. Of Economic Development
  • Economic Development Director, NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, Represents Kingsport, Bristol, Bluff City and Sullivan County, TN
  • Chief Executive Officer, Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce, Kyle, TX
  • Executive Director, BEN Board of Director & Commerce Lexington Inc, Lexington, KY
  • Manager for Economic Development Programs,The Development Authority of Bulloch County, Statesboro, GA
  • President/CEO, Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance, Columbia, TN
  • Executive Director, Yazoo County Economic Development District and Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce, Yazoo City, MS
  • Director of Development Services, The City of Midland, TX
  • Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville (FL) Downtown Investment Authority (DIA), Jacksonville, FL
  • Executive Director, Clinch County Development Authority, Homerville, GA
  • Executive Director, Putnam County Development Authority, Scott Depot, WV
  • Project Manager, The Augusta Economic Development Authority, Augusta, Georgia
  • Executive Director, Tippah County Development Foundation, Ripley, MS