(Media release from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development):

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces recent participants from the November 9, 2021 The Essentials program held in Cartersville. Participants were community and economic development professionals, elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and engaged citizens from across Georgia. The Essentials provided attendees an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.

Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross-section of experts, research-based curriculum and resources necessary for building a vibrant economy. The Board of Directors of the Academy represent public and private economic development organizations and agencies across Georgia. Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program on behalf of their members and stakeholders. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff and resources to execute the program statewide. Since its inception, the Academy has provided training for thousands of Georgians. For more information on the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, visit

November 9, 2021 Georgia Academy for Economic Development: The Essentials participants included:

Megan Elliott, Whitfield County

Cindy Jackson, Whitfield County

Cary Roth, Bartow County

Carey Fauscett Anderson, Dade County

Kendall Smith, Paulding County

Joel Hanner, Floyd County

Allyson Coker, Whitfield County

Candace Eaton, Whitfield County

Mandy Johnson, Douglas County

Tawyna Bailey, Douglas County

Kimberly Isles-Towry, Douglas County

Leslie Austin, Douglas County

Whitney Lester, Douglas County

Julie Jeffcoat, Douglas County

Alena Tappin, Douglas County

Shelley Tierce, Bartow County

Shannon Boyer, Bartow County

Maegan Rutherford, Haralson County

Eric McDonald, Haralson County

Renee Bell, Haralson County

Shanna Patrick, Floyd County

Misty Tucker, Floyd County

James Gilbert, Dekalb County

John Marshall, Gilmer County

Eric Waters, Floyd County

Carrie Wilder, Floyd County

Rachel Langelotti, Cobb County

Britney Pooser, Richmond County

Jim Henry, Chattooga County

Ben Murray, Floyd County

Rylee Govoreau, Coweta County

Sid Rowser, Paulding County