2007-03-22 / Front Page

Burke is named chairman of the CSRA UD Council

Alana Burke, executive director of the Lincoln County Development Authority, was recently elected chairman of the CSRA Unified Development Council (UDC).

The CSRA UDC is a projectoriented volunteer organization comprised of economic, industrial, and regional development organizations as well as service and educational institutions representing the entire CSRA.

In essence, the UDC serves as the marketing arm for the Central Savannah River Area.

The organization's mission is to improve the standard of living and quality of life for citizens in the CSRA by fostering economic development through regional visibility. With the motto, "Unified Leadership Committed to Economic Development," the CSRA UDC maintains a broad perspective and an active stance concerning development opportunities in the CSRA.

There is no doubt that Burke is well qualified for the job of UDC chairman, having served as vice chairman of the UDC, chairman of the CSRA Unified Development Authority, president of the Classic South Travel Association, and as a member of the state board of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives' board of directors.

Currently, Burke is a member of the CSRA Regional Advisory Council for Region 7, the Georgia Economic Developers Association's Rural Development Committee, and the board of directors of the Foothills Area Health Education Center. She also represents the Clark's Hill Lake Partnership on the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau's board of directors and more recently, was appointed to the board of directors for Augusta Technical College.

In addition, the new UDC chairman is a graduate of the Georgia Academy of Economic Development and has completed the Economic Development Course at Georgia Tech.

At the local level, Burke has held the position of executive director of the development authority for close to 15 years. Within the last two years, she and the development authority have located three new industries in Lincoln County which will initially create 115 jobs with an investment of $5 million in the community.

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