Kerri Carson Graduates from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development & Leadership Lumpkin County

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Development Authority of Lumpkin County Marketing & Communications Manager Kerri Carson is among the recent Spring 2023 graduates of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. The graduates are community and economic development professionals, elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and engaged citizens from across Georgia.

Created in 1993, the academy assembles a cross-section of experts, research-based curriculum and resources necessary for building a vibrant economy. The academy features a cornerstone program, The Essentials, a one-day program that provides attendees an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels. Graduates of the program have completed The Essentials, as well as at least three Advanced courses that are designed to deep dive into specific topics derived from current needs, trends and data.

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

Leadership Lumpkin County

Leadership Lumpkin County is the experience of a lifetime. It requires commitment and time (1 day a month) from class members, but, in return, offers a substantive education on the inner workings and resources of our county! Leadership Lumpkin was designed over 30 years ago to be a springboard for those interested in volunteering their time to community service.

In addition to learning about what makes our county prosperous, participants get to meet the community leaders who make things happen. Class members also have a year to get to know each other, develop business associations, and forge new friendships.

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