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Development class graduates locals
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Liberty County graduates and organizers of th Georgia Academy for Economic Development in Region 12 include, from left, Peggy Jolley of Georgia Power, Mike Biering of Fort Stewart Garrison, Amanda Scott of the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Michelle Ricketson of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, and Jenny Robbins of the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation. Graduate Melissa Carter Ray is not pictured. - photo by Photo provided.

The board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced the graduates from the 2014 Region 12 multi-day training program.
Liberty County graduates were Mike Biering, Melissa Carter Ray, Michelle Ricketson and Amanda Scott.
Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social-service providers from counties in the coastal region. The academy provided each graduate with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.
Created in 1993, the academy assembles a cross section of economic-development professionals and resources to provide this training in all 12 service-delivery regions in Georgia. The academy’s board of directors represents public and private economic-development organizations and agencies
from across Georgia.
The academy’s multi-day program, taught one day a month over four months includes training in the basics of economic and community development, plus specialized segments on business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development and planning. In addition, the curriculum features specific leadership skills such as consensus building, ethics in public service, collaborative leadership and other segments needed for community leadership in economic development.
The next Region 12 Georgia Academy for Economic Development will begin in August. For more information, call Tina Hutcheson at 478-278-9434 or email

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