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Patrick J. Topping Named President of Georgia Economic Developers Association
Patrick J. Topping, Senior Vice President of Macon Economic Development Commission was named President of the Georgia Economic Developers Association at its annual conference in Savannah last week.
Pat has been in the economic development industry since 1991. He has served as president of chambers in Milledgeville/Baldwin County from 1991 – 1993 and Cumming/Forsyth County from 1996-1999. Currently he serves as the Senior Vice President for the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC). MEDC is the private/public agency responsible for new business recruitment and existing business retention in Macon and Bibb County.
He is also active in other economic development and corporate real estate organizations including the SEDC, IAMC and IEDC. In addition to his economic development activities Pat also has been an adjunct professor for 18 years for Georgia College and State University and Macon State College in the Business and Economics Department.
Pat has published articles relating to economic development in trade publications including ED Review and has taught a section of the Development Authority Board Member Training course offered by UGA.
Pat received his Certified Economic Development certificate in 2003. He attended UGA and received his BBA from Georgia State University, Atlanta, and his MBA from Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville.
Prior to his economic development career Pat spent 23 years in the telecommunications and automotive aftermarket industries.
GEDA holds its annual conference each year in Savannah. More than 300 economic developers from around the state attended the conference to discuss economic development in the age of innovation. GEDA is a non-profit association of professionals and volunteers dedicated to enhancing Georgia’s economic vitality. GEDA provides networking and professional development resources to its members and advocates public policies to support quality economic development and job creation throughout the state. For more information, please visit www.geda.org.