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2014 Annual Conference

Even though it’s still early in the year, it’s never too early to make your plans for the 2014 Annual Conference. The local conference committee is busy planning for a great conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Highlights include the golf tournament at the beautiful Chickasaw Country Club and an opening reception at the world famous Charlie Vergo’s Rendezvous Restaurant. Make sure to keep an eye on the conference web site as more information is being constantly updated. Registration is open and SEDC members can register at the early bird rate of only $425!.

Congratulations to our SEDC Members in their new positions

  • Hal Johnson, Chief Development Officer at NAI Earle Furman
  • Kirkley Thomas, Vice President of Governmental Affairs at Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
  • Eric McDonald, President/ CEO of the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce  (GA)

Do you have a new position you would like to share with the SEDC membership? Please submit your updates to Laura@sedcorg


Future SEDC Events

  • 2014 Meet the Consultants, Fairmont Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX April 15-16, 2014
  • 2014 Annual Conference, Peabody Memphis Hotel, Memphis, TN August 3-5, 2014
  • 2015 Annual Conference, Hyatt Savannah, Savannah, GA July 2015
  • 2016 Annual Conference, Sheraon Kansas City, Kansas City, MO July 31 - August 2, 2016




Progress Report...Road to 1,000

In January 2013, SEDC counted 866 pledged and renewed members.  Board Chair Dan Motley set a challenge for the coming year—to increase membership to 1,000—and the “Road to 1,000” campaign was launched. Existing members were encouraged to bring in new recruits (and persuade lapsed members to renew).  Prizes were offered to those attracting the most “newbies.”  Mike Philpot won an autographed John Grisham novel and Mastercard gift card for winning one quarter.
In October, the board took time from its planning retreat to mount a “phone-a-thon.”  In two hours the energetic group garnered 49 new members. G. C. Hixson of Tennessee individually brought in the most new recruits and renewals. The state of Kansas provided the highest percentage of new members, with Andrew Nave making the calls. 

By the end of the year, the campaign drew 235 new members and renewals, increasing SEDC’s membership total to 975.  One clear result was the increased attendance at the Young Professionals Conference in Chicago on October 30.
“2013 was a great year for SEDC’s membership drive,” SEDC Chair Hal Johnson said. “Although we’re still on the ‘road to 1,000’ the goal is clearly in our sight and within reach.”

SEDC President Gene Stinson noted: “The importance of growing our membership is not just about numbers. The more professionals who belong to SEDC the more all members benefit from the increased opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing and growth.”

“Stay tuned for the latest developments in our branding campaign I Am SEDC, which will propel us further on the ‘Road to 1,000’ in 2014,” Stinson added. 

 2014 Meet the Consultants

We are in the final stages of populating the six panels of site location consultants for our event.  Our process is to survey many consultants to see where they are having the most recent experience with projects and let that information determine which industry sectors are featured on a panel.  Right now, the top six sectors for projects from Dallas-area consultants are Advanced Manufacturing, Back Office, Health Care, Data Centers, Distribution/Logistics, and Call Centers; however, as we hear from more consultants, the top sectors may change and we will populate the panels accordingly. Registration, agenda and hotel information can all be found on the event web site.


Join a Committee and Get Involved!

Our 2014 committee chairs are busy planning for a great 2014 and working on the 2014 Program of Work. We encourage all of our members to find the right committee and get involved! Below are the current SEDC committees who need your help! More information on each committee can be found here.

Membership Division
Recruitment and Retention Committee- Chairman - Larkin Simpson (
State Association Committee -Chairman - TBD
Young Professionals Committee Co-Chairmen - Deanna Lafont ( & Morgan Bell ( 

Professional Development Division
Education Committee Chairman - Peggy Jolley (
Annual Conference Committee- Chairman - Mike Mullis ( & Mark Herbison (

Communications and Networking Division
Communications Committee -Chairman - Victoria Hirschberg (
Legislative Affairs Committee -Chairman - Stuart Ames (

Finance & Adminstration Division
Past Chairmen -Chairman - Dan Motley (
Long Range Planning/Financial Committee -Chairman - Mike Philpot (

Contact to sign up for one of the great committees listed above.

Are you a vendor or service provider looking to meet SEDC members?

Web site Sponsors and Service Providers Subpage Available

We have many web site sponsorship opportunities for our vendor and supplier members. These sponsorships include 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 950 SEDC members.


Career Center


  • Economic Development Director, City of Leesburg, FL
  • Manager of Retail Development and Recruitment, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Oklahoma City, OK 
  • Sites and Building Manager, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Bowling Green, KY
  • Project Manager, Business Recruitment, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Lubbock, TX
  • Economic Development Director, Pulaski County, Pulaski, VA
  • ED Project Manager, Great Plains Development Authority, Parson, KS
  • Assistant Director of Economic Development, The City of Sugar Land (TX)
  • Economic Development Director, Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, Bay St. Louis, MS
  • President/ CEO, The Roane Alliance, Kingston, TN
  • Part-time CFO, Ardmore Development Authority, Ardmore, OK
  • Dir. Economic Development, Entergy, New Orleans, LA
  • Executive Vice President/ Chief Economic Development Officer, TexsAmericas Center, New Boston, TX
  • Vice President Global Business Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Charleston, SC

A Special Welcome to our New SEDC Members

The following members have joined SEDC since January 1, 2014. Please reach out and welcome them to SEDC.

  • Rebecca Shirley,  Acadiana Economic Development Council, Lafayette, LA
  • Josh Tubbs, Marshall County Economic Development, Benton, KY
  • Joanna Bess, Lancaster County Economic Development Corporatiom, Lancaster, SC
  • Aimee Bissett, City of Denton, Denton, TX
  • Steven Anderson, City of Norfolk - Department of Development, Norfolk, VA
  • Melissa Glasgow, St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, St. Augustine, FL
  • Patrick Pallend, City of Fairburn, Fairburn, GA
  • Daniel D. Mann, Great Plains Development Authority, Parsons, KS     
  • Samantha Hardwick,  Convergent Nonprofit, Atlanta, GA
  • John Hendrix, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw, MS
  • Matthew Babineaux, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Lafayette, LA
  • Stacey Chamberlain, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Lafayette, LA