Georgia Academy for Economic Development

  • Basic Info


Kelly Lane

The Georgia Academy for Economic Development was started in 1993 by a consortium of public and private organizations involved in economic development. The program is designed to enhance community leaders’ skills and knowledge so that more communities in Georgia may remain or become successful. Over 6500 Georgians have graduated from this program, which is supported by over twenty statewide organizations, with facilitators, coordinators and program management provided by Georgia EMC, Georgia Power, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This four-day course is offered each year in each of the 12 state service delivery regions.


  • Modules to enhance leadership skills
  • Modules to enhance community development knowledge
  • Modules to enhance economic development knowledge


Four Sessions – One day each in four months.

All classes are held within the region, from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuition is $265, which covers course materials, meals and refreshments for 4 days.

Fall : Classes in Regions 2, 3, 4, 7,10, and 12

Spring : Classes in Regions 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 11

For specific dates or more information, please contact the regional staff listed below for the region you are interested in attending, or contact

For more information about the classes, please contact the staff person listed below.

For more information about the Spring 2020 classes, please contact the staff person listed below.

Region 1

Session Dates: February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5

Staff Contact:


Location: Rome


Region 5

Session Dates: January 30, March 5, April 2, May 7

Staff Contact:


Location: Hull


Region 6

Session Dates: February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12

Staff Contact:


Location: Milledgeville


Region 8

Session Dates: February 27, March 26, April 23, May 11

Staff Contact:


Location: Americus


Region 9

Session Dates: February 12, March 11, April 15, May 14

Staff Contact:


Location: Vidalia


Region 11

Session Dates: February 25, March 24, April 21, May 13

Staff Contact:


Location: Tifton