2022 Committees & Chairmen

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Membership Committee

This committee will be charged with developing and implementing a formal membership recruitment and retention campaign for the membership year. Activities will involve anyone with interest from the membership with a special emphasis on the participation of the Board of Directors
Christopher Bontrager
Christopher Bontrager
MPA Vice President: Western Region Retail Strategies, Inc (205)534-4916
Membership Committee Chairman
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Director of Operations Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Young Professionals Committee

This committee is designed for our SEDC members, age 35 or below, of the association community interested in connecting with peers and industry leaders to help them grow professionally. Events are held throughout the year at the SEDC’s planned events.
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Director of Operations Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

State Association Committee

This committee works in coordination with the state economic development associations in the SEDC 17-state region to develop programs and activities of benefit and interest to both groups. (Membership is reserved to representatives designated by the various State Associations)
Jim Fram
Jim Fram
Consultant & Economic Development Leader Community Growth Strategies (501)318-4231
Chairman
Matthew Tackett
Matthew Tackett
President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liason

Education Committee

This committee will evaluate the needs of the profession for the educational resources that will best equip them in the profession. They will also provide direction to the various committees with responsibility in planning meetings and providing online educational content. They will be tasked with forward-thinking in examining the professional development needs of our members moving into the future.
Burdette (Pete) Fullerton
Burdette (Pete) Fullerton
PhD, EDFP, CEcD, PCED, HLM Assistant Director KC Aviation Department (816)243-3005
Education Committee Chairman
Matthew Tackett
Matthew Tackett
President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liason

Annual Conference Committee

This committee will work with staff to plan and execute the Annual Conference. Committee assistance is needed in securing sponsorships, planning of educational sessions as well as offsite and special events during the conference.
Frank McCrady
Frank McCrady
President/CEO East Montgomery County Improvement District (281)354-4419
Chairman
Matthew Tackett
Matthew Tackett
President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liason
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Director of Operations Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Meet the Consultants Committee

This committee will work with staff to plan and execute our Meet the Consultants event. Committee assistance is needed in securing sponsorships, planning of educational sessions as well as a VIP & Networking events during the event.
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Director of Operations Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison
Matthew Tackett
Matthew Tackett
President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liason

Communication Committee

The Communications committee will ensure that the quality of all SEDC publications both printed and electronic is consistent with the expectations of the membership. The association's internal technology capabilities will be evaluated to allow staff the ability to provide the best external communications to members and the world.

Additional Subcommittees will be developed to carry out certain tasks. Assistance is needed in editing, social media, content development, and technology. These committees will work with other committees to assist them in delivering their messages.
Chris Masingill
Chris Masingill
Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corporation (985)809-7874
Communication Committee Chairman
Matthew Tackett
Matthew Tackett
President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liason
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Director of Operations Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison
Elizabeth  Lee
Elizabeth Lee
Research & Policy Analyst St. Tammany Corporation (985)809-7874
Member
Gus Fontenot
Gus Fontenot
Economic Development Project Coordinator SWLA Economic Development Alliance (337)433-3632
Member
Jolie Bernard
Public Information Officer / Communications Manage St. Tammany Corporation (985)809-7874
Member
Linda Mosely
Linda Mosely
CEO/Publisher 365 Degree Total Marketing (912)638-0870
Member
Sarah Macaluso
Sarah Macaluso
Marketing Specialist Red Sage Communications, Inc. (256)693-5246
Member
Stacey Zawacki
Stacey Zawacki
Director of Communications Lafayette Economic Development Authority (337)593-1400
Member

Legislative Affairs Committee

As SEDC’s face for federal ED issues, the committee will be the liaison between SEDC and other organizations with similar missions to partner and collaborate on initiatives of mutual interest. They will work to create a strong federal legislative agenda representing the interest of our members, voicing that position when necessary and to recognize those legislators supportive of our agenda.
Jim DeCesare
Jim DeCesare
MBA Sr. Partner The DeCesare Group (270)792-5779
Chairman
Matthew Tackett
Matthew Tackett
President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liason

Long Range Planning Committee

This committee will concentrate it’s efforts on the association’s multi-year strategic plan, to include program and financial planning for the future.
Matthew Tackett
Matthew Tackett
President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liason

Past Chairman Committee

Comprised of Past Chairmen, this committee works with to obtain suggestions and ideas for use by the SEDC Board of Directors to benefit the organization. The committee meets annually at the Past Chairmen’s breakfast during the Annual Conference. The committee will make recommendations to the board for Honorary Life Members.
Bob Helton
Bob Helton
Development Specialist AppHarvest (606)548-2279
Past Chairman Committee Chairman
Matthew Tackett
Matthew Tackett
President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liason