Justin Farquhar, project manager for the Development Authority of Bryan County (DABC), was recently awarded a Professional Development scholarship grant to attend the Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) by the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA).
Farquhar was one of three grant recipients for the BEDC. Through its Professional Development Committee, GEDA provides funds for its members to further their professional education and to become more proficient in the field of economic development.
“We are pleased to help our members further their careers in this great profession,” Anna Chafin, GEDA chair and Development Authority of Bryan County CEO said. “GEDA has long supported our members through these grants, and we are glad to continue this tradition and assist Justin in his professional educational endeavors.”
The Georgia Tech BEDC is celebrating its 50th year of educating new and aspiring economic developers. This annual BEDC has been the first professional step for over 3,000 economic developers.
The four-day conference explores the fundamentals and emerging concepts of comprehensive economic development, encourages networking with industry peers and experts, and transforms attendees into influential local leaders. Concepts taught in this course revolve around five major themes: innovative community development, regional economics, basic factors in development, techniques of economic development and trends in economic development
Farquhar, a member of GEDA since 2016, has served as the project manager for the DABC since May of 2016 and was previously an intern with two other economic development authorities. Farquhar is a graduate of Armstrong State University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.