Eight Bulloch County residents graduated recently from the Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development's Region 12 Multi-Day 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 counties in the coastal region. 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.
Bulloch County graduates at the recent ceremony were: Tan Adams, Rachel Barnwell, Brad Deal, Ashley Ellis, Jenny Foss, Bob Mikell, Cheri Wagner and Andi Wilson
"One of the goals for the multi-day regional Academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation," said 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's multi-day program, taught one day a month over a four-month period, includes training in the basics of economic and community development, plus specialized segments on business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development, planning, and other essentials for community success.
Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources for the training.