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Darton to Host Georgia Academy for Economic Development

August 03, 2012

The Darton State College Department of Continuing Education and Economic Development will host the Region 10 Georgia Academy for Economic Development Program this fall. The first session will be held on August 14. Participants represent a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from nine counties in Southwest Georgia. The Academy provides participants an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.

The Academy's multi-day program is taught one day a month over a four-month period. It includes training in the basics of economic and community development, business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development, quality planning, redevelopment and much more. The dates for Region 10 are August 14, September 18, October 23, and November 14.

"One of the goals for the multi-day regional Academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation," says Corinne Thornton, 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."

The Academy was created in 1993 by then-Governor Zell Miller's Development Council. The Academy serves a total of twelve regions across the state of Georgia. The Board of Directors of the Academy consists of 21 members representing public and private economic development organizations and agencies from across Georgia. Since its inception, the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state, and since 1998 the Academy has been offered annually. Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support to this important program.

"As a 2011 graduate of the Academy, I could think of no better way to promote economic development in our region then by hosting this outstanding program. I am sure that participants this Fall will be as informed and inspired as I was by the Academy," said Michael White, Director of Continuing Education and Economic Development at Darton State College.

Darton State College Department of Continuing Education and Economic Development offers a wide range of non-academic courses, real estate and insurance pre-licensing, SHRM Professional Human Resource Certification, CEUs, recreation and leisure opportunities as well as customized professional trainings. For more information on these opportunities, contact the Department of Continuing Education and Economic Development at (229) 317-6730 or visit us online at www.darton.edu/CE.

For more information on the Region 10 Fall 2012 Georgia Academy program, please contact Dean Nelson, Region 10 Team Georgia Manager, Georgia Department of Community Affairs at (404) 852-2160 or by email at dean.nelson@dca.ga.gov.

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