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Locals graduate from development academy
1211 BIZ economic academy grads
The 2009 region 12 multi-day training program participants graduated Dec. 3. Pictured, from left: Niki Knox, Chris Stacy, Kim Sachau, Susan McCorkle, Brett Green, Levern Clancy and Pat Merritt. - photo by Photo provided.
The Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced the local graduates from the 2009 region 12 multi-day training program.
Participants represented several professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers. They came from eight counties in the coastal Georgia region. The graduates include Niki Knox,  Chris Stacy, Kim Sachau, Susan McCorkle, Brett Green, Levern Clancy, Pat Merritt, Tewana LeCounte and Jim Woods.
The Academy provides participants the opportunity to understand economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.
Created in 1993 by then-Gov. Zell Miller’s Development Council, the academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide training in 12 service delivery regions in Georgia.
“One of the goals for the multi-day regional academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation,” said Saralyn Stafford, executive director of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. “Many times, the participants discover the issues facing their community are the same as those facing other communities in their region, and can then combine limited resources to address the issue.”
Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support.  
The next region 12 Georgia Academy for Economic Development begins in August.  For information, e-mail Teresa Concannon at

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