The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced the local graduates from the 2008 Region 6 Training Program.
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 11 counties in central Georgia.
Graduates representing Central Georgia Technical College were Delores Foster, Education and Career Partnership Manager in the college’s Student Affairs division; Elizabeth Hibbitts, Grants Coordinator; and Ann Lear, Business and Industry Training Specialist. All three individuals are based at the Macon Campus.
Started in 1993, the Georgia Academy's mission is to assist Georgia's leaders in their economic development efforts by providing an understanding of the critical processes, strategies and components involved in improving their local and regional economies and achieving economic success in today's global economy. Since its organization, 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.
The Academy's multi-day program, taught over a four-month period, includes training in the basics of economic and community development, plus specialized segments on entrepreneur and small business support, tourism product development, downtown development, quality planning, and other essentials for community success. In addition, the curriculum features specific leadership skills such as consensus building, team work, ethics in public service, building diverse teams and other segments needed for effective community leadership in economic development.
Pictured from left to right are Elizabeth Hibbitts, CGTC Grants Coordinator, Delores Foster, Education and Career Partnership Manager Gail King, City Clerk of Payne City, and Ann Lear, CGTC's Business and Industry Training Specialist.