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Engineered Floors, Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority & Murray County Office of Community and Economic Development win economic development "Deal of the Year"
Gov. Deal presented award on behalf of statewide economic development group.


Pictured: Commissioner Mike Babb, Charles Cofield, Gov. Nathan Deal, Andy Walker, Bob Shaw, Commissioner Gordon Morehouse, Commissioner Brittany Pittman, and Commissioner Lynn Laughter

 MACON (October 29, 2013) - Today the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), one of the leading organizations for economic development professionals in the U.S., presented Engineered Floors, Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority & Murray County Office of Community and Economic Development with the 2013 Deal of the Year Award in the Regional category. Gov. Nathan Deal was on hand to recognize company and community representatives at GEDA's Annual Awards Ceremony, this year held at the Macon Marriott City Center.


Between Whitfield and Murray Counties, Engineered Floors has committed to create a minimum of 2,400 new manufacturing jobs within a five-year period. "With thousands of individuals who have lost their jobs in recent years in this region, many due to the downsizing or rightsizing of the floor covering industry, this project is a major victory," said Mike Pennington, president of GEDA.


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Economic Development in Georgia-
Opportunities for communities & the engineers who serve them

Carbondale Business Park was featured in the latest issue of Georgia Engineer Magazine!
The article discusses the importance of development authorities to communities. The Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Authority and Carbondale Business Park are used as primary examples multiple times in the article. Also, look for quotes from Elyse Cochran-Davis.
Click HERE to see this month's online issue of Georgia Engineer. Flip to pages 18-20 for the Carbondale feature!
Dalton-Whitfield JDA Team Chairs Local Economics Session
Brian Anderson, Executive Director, and Andrew Carnes, Senior Project Manager, led the Leadership Dalton-Whitfield Session on Local Economics at Dalton Utilities on October 17th, 2013.
Session topics included: an overview of our local economy, economic development 101, workforce development, the fast-track pilot program, and much more.
Don Cope, President/CEO of Dalton Utilities, gave a company briefing. Vance Bell, CEO of Shaw Industries, spoke to the class about the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
To see more pictures, visit the JDA's Facebook page by clicking HERE.
To learn more about the Leadership Dalton-Whitfield program please click HERE.
Congratulations Dan Peeples
Listed in Georgia Trend's 2013 "40 Under Forty"

For the 17th year, Georgia Trend Magazine presents a group of 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40. Whitfield County's Dan Peeples was chosen as one of the "40 Under Forty" for 2013.
Dan was chosen for his servant leadership, both professionally and personally. The five-year Mayor of Varnell, is also the Vice President of Julian Peeples Funeral Homes and started a marriage enrichment class two years ago at Salem Baptist Church with his wife.
Congratulations Dan! 
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