Ken­drick named chair for GEDA for 2018

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL -

SA­VAN­NAH — Melissa “Missy” Ken­drick, EDFP, IOM has been elected Chair of the Ge­or­gia Eco­nomic Devel­op­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. Missy was elected on Sept. 22 at the busi­ness meet­ing of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s An­nual Con­fer­ence on Friday at the Hy­att Re­gency Sa­van­nah.

She will of­fi­cially take of­fice in Jan­uary 2018.

Ken­drick has been the Pres­i­dent of the De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Polk County for just over one year. She pre­vi­ously served as the Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor at the Bar­nesville-La­mar County In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Author­ity since October 2005.

She has also worked as the Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Pike County Cham­ber of Com­merce and De­vel­op­ment Author­ity; Out­law Con­sult­ing, Inc. as a Se­nior Con­sul­tant; and in sev­eral ca­pac­i­ties with the Meri­wether County Cham­ber of Com­merce/ De­vel­op­ment Author­ity.

Ken­drick was hon­ored by GEDA in 2013 as its Com­mit­tee Mem­ber of the Year and was given a plaque by Gover­nor Nathan Deal. Ken­drick is a grad­u­ate of Gor­don State Col­lege and holds pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in Or­ga­ni­za­tion Man­age­ment and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Fi­nance, and has two chil­dren.

Other of­fi­cers elected at the meet­ing in­clude: Pat Mer­ritt, First Vice Chair, and Vice Pres­i­dent, Com­mu­nity and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Ge­or­gia EMC; Chris Pumphrey, Sec­ond Vice Chair, and Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Douglas County; An­drea Schrui­jer, Sec­re­tary- Trea­surer, and Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Val­dosta- Lown­des De­vel­op­ment Author­ity; and Anna Chafin, Im­me­di­ate Past Chair, and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Bryan County.

The speak­ers, top­ics and events of the con­fer­ence, which took place Sept. 20 through Sept. 22 at the Hy­att-Re­gency in Sa­van­nah, were spe­cially cho­sen to high­light lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment for Ge­or­gia eco­nomic devel­op­ers.

Nearly 450 at­ten­dees were at this year’s con­fer­ence, ti­tled “Ge­or­gia - The State of Mo­men­tum.”

A no­table ad­dress by Ja­son Stein, Pub­lisher and Edi­tor, Au­to­mo­tive News talked about the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor and its prom­ise for Ge­or­gia. Other key speak­ers in­cluded Pat Wil­son, Com­mis­sioner, Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment; and Camila Knowles, Com­mis­sioner, Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Af­fairs; who shared about col­lab­o­ra­tion with eco­nomic devel­op­ers from the state’s per­spec­tive.

Grif­fith Lynch, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Ge­or­gia Ports Author­ity pro­vided in­sight into the re­sources of Ge­or­gia’s Ports.

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