Library of Documents

Below you will find descriptions of every document we have available for you.

Click on the subject heading to be taken to the links for all of these documents.  (Please note - the documents are all password-protected as a service for active GEDA members.  Once logged in, you will be able to access all of our content.)

Committees

Business Recruitment
Business Retention & Expansion
Development Authority Executives
Marketing & Communications
Membership Services
Professional Development
Public Policy
Special Service Awards
Sponsorship
Young Professionals

 

Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

Education & Workforce Development
Entrepreneur Development
Infrastructure
Natural Resources & Environment
Non-Traditional Economic Development
Rural Development


Download the 2012 GEDA Year in Review here.

Business Recruitment (click here to access documents)

  • Role of Locals in Economic Development (from IEDC) - Report from the National League of Cities on the role of local elected officials in economic development.
  • Bonds for Title Information - White paper from Dan McRae outlining the details about how development authorities can use a "Bonds for Title" arrangement to provide for tax incentives.
  • Retraining Tax Credits - One-page description of the state's retraining job tax credit.
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bonds, But Were Afraid To Ask - White paper from Dan McRae - comprehensive overview of development authority bonds.
  • Comparison of Southeastern States - Andersen Consulting comparison of incentives in southeastern states.
  • Best Practices - 20 Best Practices for Local Economic Development practitioners.  Developed by GEDA Business Recruitment Committee. 

Business Retention (click here to access documents)

  • BREP Sample Survey  Sample BREP survey questions.  Developed by the GEDA Business Retention Committee.  GEDA encourages you to edit and adopt this survey to meet the specific needs of your community.
  • BREP Survey Fact Sheet (Instructions)  - Extensive instruction sheet on how to conduct a Business Retention & Expansion Program in your community.
  • Role of Locals in Economic Development (from IEDC) - Report from the National League of Cities on the role of local elected officials in economic development.
  • Bonds for Title Information - White paper from Dan McRae outlining the details about how development authorities can use a "Bonds for Title" arrangement to provide for tax incentives.
  • Retraining Tax Credits - One-page description of the state's retraining job tax credit.
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bonds, But Were Afraid To Ask - White paper from Dan McRae - comprehensive overview of development authority bonds.
  • Recovery Zone Bond Information - Department of Community Affairs website with complete information about Recovery Zone Bonds and Recovery Zone Facility Bonds.
  • Business Retention Expansion videos.  4 videos from 2011 and one from 2012.  All available on the GEDA Youtube Channel.
     

Development Authority Executives (click here to access documents)

  • Mentor Program Information  Information about GEDA's Mentorship Program for development authority executives.  New to Georgia or the development authority world?  FInd contact information here for some of Georgia's experienced executives who are willing and able to assist you.
  • Agriculture Leases - Q&A session with GEDA members about their experience with agricultural leases.  
  • Bonded Indebtedness Reports - Q&A session with GEDA members in response to this question, "How are you tracking 'outstanding balances' of the bonds issued by your Authority for annual reporting?"
  • Types of Development Authorities - Specific questions for communities that have both statutory and constitutional authorities.
  • Existing Industry Incentives  Q&A session with GEDA members about their use of existing industry incentives.
  • Marketing Plans  - Developing formal community marketing plans and whether or not that work can be done internally.
  • D&O Coverage  - Questions about Directors & Officers liability insurance.
  • Property Taxes - How to handle the situation when a company will not pay property taxes after the phase-in of taxes begins.
  • Trade Shows - Q&A session with GEDA members about their participation in trade shows; how to choose the right show, etc.

 

Education-Workforce Development (click here to access documents)

  • Youth - The Real Future of the South Presentation - Preparation of and perspectives from the next generation of the workforce.  Prepared for the Governor's Office of Workforce Development by Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute.
  • University System of Georgia - Economic Development Resources - Overview of economic development tools and resources available through the University System of Georgia.
  • Work Ready Community Guidance Letter - Introduction/explanation letter sent at the unveiling of the Georgia Work Ready Initiative.
  • Communities in Schools - Presentation about Communities in Schools, where local business and civic leaders take an active role in the education of the youth.
  • University System of Georgia receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from IEDC  - Press release regarding the USG award in September 2010.

 

Entrepreneur Development (click here to access documents) 

  • Important Links Related to Entrepreneur Development - Resources, links, etc - everything you ever wanted to know about Small Business Development and Entrepreneur Development.
  • List of Business Incubators in Georgia - List from the Georgia Centers of Innovation.  Contact information & names, descriptions, etc.
  • Start Up Basics - How-To Start a Business - University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) guide for how to start a small business.
  • Description of programs GDEcD can offer to small business
  • Atlanta Fed Small Business Survey Results, Q1 2010 - Access to credit survey.  81 respondents to the survey! 

Infrastructure (click here to access documents)

 Marketing & Communications (click here to access documents)

  • Website Optimization - What should your community website include?
  • Sample press release
  • How to work with the media

Membership Services (click here to access documents)

  • Current Membership Directory (January 2013)
  • IEDC Salary Survey - BRAND NEW!  Georgia Results - GEDA partners with the International Economic Development Council on a bi-annual salary survey.  We are able to publish the Georgia-specific results for you here!

 

Natural Resources & Environment  (click here to access documents)

  • Economic Developers Guide to the Environment Exhaustive guide covering the entire breadth of natural resources and environmental considerations every economic developer should be aware of.

 

Professional Development (click here to access documents) 

GEDA offers scholarships to various economic development training programs each year.  All of the applications are available here:

  • Basic Economic Development Course Scholarship Application
  • IEDC Training Course Scholarship Application
  • Community Development Institute
  • Economic Development Institute (EDI)
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Exam Scholarship Application
  • GEDA Spring Workshop Scholarship Application
  • GEDA Annual Conference Scholarship Application
  • GEDA Penn Worden Scholarship Application
  • International Missions Scholarship Application 

Public Policy (click here to access documents)

  • Best Practices - Take Away from '13 Spring Worksop
  • 2013 Legislative Agenda
  • Weekly Updates from under the Gold Dome  

Rural Development (click here to access documents)

 

Special Service Awards (click here to access documents)

  • Deal of the Year Application Form
  • Volunteer of the Year Application Form

 

Sponsorship (click here to access documents)

  • Sponsorship Brochure

Non-Traditional Economic Development (click here to access documents)

 

Young Professionals (click here to access documents)