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Two complete economic development education
GA Academy Effingham
George Shaw, center, and Bobby Tippins, second from right, show off their certificates as graduates of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. - photo by Photo provided
The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Effingham County graduates from the 2010 Multi-Day Training Program in Region 12. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from the ten counties of Coastal Georgia. 
The curriculum provides insights into the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels. 
Effingham County graduates at the Dec. 1 ceremony were George Shaw, Effingham County Planning and Engineering Department, and Bobby Tippins, Georgia Power.
Created in 1993 by then-Gov. Zell Miller’s Development Council, the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all 12 service delivery regions in Georgia. 
“One of the goals for the multi-day regional Academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation,” said Saralyn Stafford, executive director of the
Georgia Academy for Economic Development. “Many times the participants discover the issues facing their community are the same as those facing other communities in their region, and can then combine limited resources to address the issue.”
Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support to this program.