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Newsletter Archive [June 2013] [06/07/13]
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Welcome SEDC's Newest Members

  • Brad Schneider
    Northwest Kentucky Forward, Henderson, KY
  • David Brazell     
    Pattillo Construction Corp., Stone Mountain, GA

  • Rusty Haygood 
    Oconee County, Watkinsville, GA              

  • John Woodward              
    Metro Atlanta Chamber, Atlanta, GA               

  • Bubba Weir       
    Innovate Mississippi, Ridgland, MS      

  • Jay Garner         
    Garner Economics, LLC, Fayetteville, GA

  • Garrett M. Wright           
    Area Development Partnership, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Hugh Tollison    
    Savannah Economic Development Authority, Savannah, GA     

  • Gregorio Padilla               
    Padilla Consultancy Group, Laurinburg, NC          

  • Jennifer Bosser
    Wake County Economic Development, Apex, NC  

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

  • Brian Thorstenberg, Tulsa Regional Chamber


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2013 Annual Conference

Register Today for only $425!

Registration for the 2013 SEDC Annual Conference is open on the SEDC web site. Register by June 30th to receive the early bird rate of only $425! Registration prices go up on July 1st. 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... 

Calling All Vendors and Service Providers

Web site Sponsors and Service Providers Subpage now Available

Have you been looking for a new way to get in front of SEDC members? We are excited to announce new web site sponsorship opportunities. We are now seeking sponsors for our homepage, monthly e-newsletter, as well as a new subpage for service providers on our web site. We encourage you to download the sponsorship brochure and find the right fit for your to market to our over 900 SEDC members.

Communication Awards Entries Due June 21st

Only two weeks left to submit your entries for the Southern Economic Development Council's 2013 Communication Awards for Economic Development Organizations in the South. These awards are given each year to SEDC members at the Annual Conference. 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. 

2nd Quarter Membership Recruitment Campaign

Thank you to all of our current members who have recruited new members this year on our Road to 1000 members. The SEDC member who brings in the most members (must have at least thee to qualify) from April 1st - June 30th, will receive a complimentary registration to the 2013 Annual Conference. This quarter's current leaders are Mike Neal with the Tulsa Regional Chamber and Larkin Simpson with the Economic Development Authority of Jones County. It's not too late to recruit and get in on this quarter's campaign. Congratulations to Mike Philpot who won the 1st quarter campaign. He won a $50 Mastercard gift card as well as a signed copy of John Grisham's newest novel.

New SEDC President's Award to be given in August

On the recommendation of SEDC President Gene Stinson, a new award has been established by SEDC’s Board of Directors.  The President’s Award will be given to an outstanding committee Chairman that has demonstrated leadership and commitment to SEDC and its mission. Each year, the board approves a program of work that addresses the overall goals and mission of our association.  The various tasks and action steps are assigned to the most appropriate standing committees and special