2006-05-25 / News

Ellen Butler graduates from multi-day training program

Ellen Butler of Lincoln County High School is pictured with John Perryman of Georgia Power. Ellen Butler of Lincoln County High School is pictured with John Perryman of Georgia Power. The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announced that Ellen Butler of Lincoln County, was a May 16, 2006 graduate of the 2006 Region One Multi-Day Training Program.

Class participants represented a number of professional and nonprofessional economic development fields, including public officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers, from 11 counties in the CSRA region of Georgia. The academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels, and provided them with leadership training in the areas of consensus, ethics, diversity, teambuilding and presentation skills.

Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all twelve service delivery regions in Georgia. The Board of Directors of the Academy include representation from over 20 public and private community and economic development organizations and agencies from across Georgia. Since its organization, the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state. The Academy's fiveday regional program is accredited by both Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association for local elected officials as part of the certified elected official training program.

"One of the goals for the multi-day regional Academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation and establishment of peer networks," says 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, or use best practices developed by one community in another."

As part of the program, participants are also charged with homework requiring them to assess communities within the region as potential business locations of various types from the perspective of a "neutral" location consultant.

The next academy for the CSRA region of Georgia is planned for spring of 2007. For more information, contact Tina Hutcheson, Regional Representative for the Department of Community Affairs at (478) 469-3751.

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