Development Authority Training
Helping Georgia prosper!
Georgia's communities are the backbone of our state. Having financial resources in place to market communities and incentives to close deals is an integral part of effective economic development efforts. A key element of success is ensuring that Georgia development authorities have sufficient training opportunities.
Complete course descriptions and the 2016 Development Authority Training calendar are listed below.
Development Authority Training – Basic
Participants discuss their responsibilities as members of development authority boards and the role that development authorities serve within the local economic development process. Topics include legal issues, ethics, conflicts of interest, and open records and open meetings requirements. In addition, participants will learn the basics of financing development authority operations, incentives, and bonds. The class will also address strategic planning in community development, project development and management, and emerging issues that affect development authorities.
September 16, 2016
Central Georgia Tech, Macon
November 18, 2016
Southeastern Technical College, Vidalia
2017 Development Authority Training – Basic Dates
February 16, 2017
Georgia Center, Athens
March 23, 2017
South Georgia Technical College, Americus
May 11, 2017
Central Georgia Technical College, Macon
September 14, 2017
Oconee Fall Line Technical College: Sandersville
November 3, 2017
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
Development Authority Training – Advanced
Building on the foundational knowledge provided by Basic Training, this course allows board members, elected officials, and economic development professionals to refine their skills and create a plan of action for their community. Participants explore sustainable funding sources, best practices for creating local incentives, and how to engage entrepreneurs and the film industry as well as examining successful case studies on structuring a deal and local incentive packages to win a project. Leave this course ready to secure the resources and incentives needed to effectively market your community and close the deal.
June 22, 2017
UGA Gwinnett, Duluth
October 20, 2017
UGA Griffin, Griffin
All sessions meet the statutorily mandated training requirement for development authority board members.