The class offered students leadership training in the areas of consensus, ethics, diversity, teambuilding and presentation skills, as well as an understanding of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.
The guest speaker for the academy’s graduation was state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, who chairs the Senate Economic Development Committee.
Floyd County’s graduates at the May 12 ceremony were Scotty Hancock, director of the Floyd Emergency Management Agency; David Kenemer, transportation planner for the Coosa Valley Regional Development Center; Steve Miller, associate broker with Garden Lakes Realty; Nathan Roberts, financial advisor with Dempsey Investment Co.; Leigh Ross, director of the City of Rome Water and Sewer Division; and Lisa Smith, executive director of the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Class participants represented professional and non-professional economic development fields, including public officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from 15 counties in Northwest Georgia.
Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all 12 service delivery regions in Georgia.
The next academy for the Northwest Georgia region is planned for winter of 2006. For more information, contact Leamon Scott, regional representative for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs at 234-4571