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Mara O. Shaw



Mara O. Shaw

Mara O. Shaw

Leadership Development Program Manager; Governmental Training, Education, and Development
Expertise: Land Banks

706.542.9525


Bio:

Mara manages all leadership development training programs for more than 5,000 local and state government officials annually. She works with officials and staff from local and state government in managing and providing various professional and leadership development training programs in multiple state agencies and a variety of local government professionals associations in the state. Her primary areas of focus as the unit manager are the evaluation of all educational programs and the development of public sector competency-based learning objectives and course curriculum. She has more than 25 years of experience in local government, primarily in the areas of administration, downtown and community development, code enforcement and local government planning. Before joining the Institute of Government in 2013, Mara served as the assistant to the city manager with the City of Valdosta. She successfully completed the course of study as a Certified Main Street Manager through the National Trust Main Street Center in Washington, D.C., in 2000 and was named the 2005 Sen. Loyce Turner Outstanding Public Official by Valdosta State University and received the Department of Community Affairs Outstanding Leadership Award in 2006. Mara was honored with the Candle in the Dark award in 2014 for her government and community service by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Association.


Education:

M.P.A., Georgia Southern University, B.S.C.J, Valdosta State University

Additional Info:

Areas of Expertise:

facilitation, local government administration, neighborhood and community development, downtown development, historic preservation, code enforcement, local government planning, public information/communications, land bank authority development and administration

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The chapel has been restored in a way that allows for its use by a wide variety of university and community groups for plays, concerts, lectures, weddings, meetings, and other special events. The Spalding Theater, which seats 240, and the Conference/Green Room, which seats 45, are rented to the public.

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