Development Authorities

Having financial resources in place to market communities and incentives to close deals is an integral part of effective economic development efforts. Through Development Authority Training, board members and elected officials gain insights into the roles and responsibilities of boards and their contributions to advancing local economic development.

Development Authority Training

We offer a two-level Development Authority Training program—Basic and Advanced. The Basic training provides the statutorily mandated training required for all development authority board members, while the Advanced training provides more in-depth instruction on how to secure the resources and incentives needed to market your community and close the deal. Course participants receive a certificate for each course completed.

View more information on Basic Development Authority Training.

View more information on Advanced Development Authority Training.


Customized Basic or Advanced Board Member Training

This training is available upon request. We can customize on-site training for your specific community or region. For more information on customized training, email Jennifer Nelson.


Board members may also benefit from courses offered through the Georgia Certified Economic Developer (GCED) program.

The GCED program, created in partnership with the Georgia Economic Developers Association, offers economic development professionals Georgia-specific training on practical topics that can be immediately applied within your community to achieve economic success. Find out more information on courses available.


Looking for information on Downtown Development Authority Training?

Basic and Advanced Downtown Development Authority Training is designed for those who serve on downtown development authorities, but it is also open to all city officials.

Find out more information on Downtown Development Authority Training.