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Newsletter Archive [July 2013] [07/12/13]
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Welcome SEDC's Newest Members

  • Ryan Mooney, Springfield, MO
  • Peter Floyd, Atlanta, GA
  • Johanna Gunter, Greenville, SC
  • Susan Heath, Greenwood, SC
  • Charles Kimbrough, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Erika Lucas, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Martin Roberts, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Barry Albrecht,  Lawton, OK
  • Taylor Dobson, Opelika, AL
  • Janis Crawley, Bowie, TX
  • Michael Eidson, Nashville, TN
  • Jason Greiner, Longview, TX
  • Nellie Shipley, Raleigh, NC
  • Grant Wainscott, Jonesboro, GA
  • Jeannie Bowden, Duncan, OK
  • John Robertson, Blackwell, OK
  • Tom Gray, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Josh Kay, Moncks Corner, SC
  • Thomas H. Brinkley, Birmingham, AL
  • Andrew Dunlap, Scott Depot, WV
  • Jason Reeves, Troy, AL

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

  • F. J. Fenn, President/CEO-Economic Development Director, Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce in Jefferson, GA
  • Nathan Sparks, Executive Director at Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • David Hamilton, CEO, Henry County Alliance, Paris, TN

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


2013 Annual Conference

Support the association as a conference sponsor or exhibitor at the 2013 Annual Conference.

It's not too late to be a sponsor or exhibitor of the 2013 Annual Conference in Tulsa, OK. Conference sponsorships starts as low as $1,500.00 and include one complimentary registration. Download the brochure today.

The local conference committee is also seeking golf tournament sponsors at this time as well. For as low as $150.00 you can support the tournament as a hole sponsor. Beverage and Lunch Sponsors are still available as well! Download the form today.

All sponsorship commitments received by July 19th will be listed in onsite printed materials. Don't forget to sign up today and support SEDC!

SEDC Has a New Home

By: Dan Motley, SEDC Chairman

A new door opened for SEDC on Monday, July 1st, and that door happened to open into our new offices at 311 Nelson Street in the Castleberry Hill district of Atlanta.  This special event culminated an exhaustive six month search of many vacant offices all over Atlanta and highlights a really strong effort by Gene and Laura and all of the Task Force to put a new face on SEDC. 

The office relocation task force established a good set of criteria for the search and for specific needs to support SEDC’s growth into the future.  We wanted to provide a great environment for our staff and also provide an opportunity for our membership to drop by the new offices to work while in Atlanta and also provide a space for functions by our members with site location consultants or for other purposes on a concierge basis.  This space accommodates all these requirements well.

Castleberry Hill is a really neat arts community with many amenities that will contribute greatly to our new environment.

A few specific points of interest on Castleberry Hill:

Castleberry Hill is a historic creative neighborhood in Downtown Atlanta

  • The area is known for its art galleries and the second Friday of every month is the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. 
  • The favored site for the new Atlanta Falcons football stadium is just a few hundred yards from the new office.  The community feels this is positive and will bring additional investment to the area. 
  • The neighborhood association is very strong and we will be joining and get involved.
  • The area was known for manufacturing years ago…and has a gear/cog as the symbol of the community.
  • The railroad has played a strong role in the areas development and the sound of trains echo through the area on a regular basis.

I would encourage our members to drop by the offices when you’re in Atlanta and spend a moment with Gene and Laura and enjoy “our” new digs!     

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 offering sponsorships 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.

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 taskforces.

 “We are a small staff at SEDC and we rely on volunteer committees to assist in carrying out the annual program of work,” said Stinson.  “This award gives the SEDC staff the opportunity to give much-due recognition to an individual that has gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

The award could be given annually by SEDC’s president at our annual conference. 



Career Center



  • Executive Director, Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, Brunswick, GA
  • Business Expansion Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Richmond, VA

  • Sites and Building Manager, The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Bowling Green, KY
  • Director of Economic Development, Seminole County Government, Sanford, FL
  • Associate Project Manager, Business Attraction, Virginia Economic Development, Partnership, Richmond, VA
  • International Investment Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Richmond, VA
  • Research Assistant, Florence County Economic Development Partnership, 
    Florence County, SC 
  • Executive Director, Hancock County Mississippi Port and Harbor Commission, Hancock County's Economic Development Authority, Bay St. Louis, MS
  • Senior Business Development Manager, The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber,
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Director of Business Creation Entrepreurship, The Ocala-Marion Chamber and & Economic Partnership 
  • 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
  • Manager for Economic Development Programs, The Development Authority of Bulloch County, Statesboro, GA