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Pat Topping, Named to Southern Economic Development Council's Board of Directors
The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America, is pleased to announce Pat Topping, CEcD, Senior Vice President of the Macon Economic Development Commission in Macon, Georgia, as the State Director of Georgia on the SEDC Board of Directors. The State Director will serve a two-year term on SEDC's board. Mr. Topping will take the seat January 1, 2014. Pat is a dedicated longtime SEDC member for almost 15 years. He has held numerous leadership positions, including Alternate State Director. Pat was chosen for this position by his peers within his state of Georgia.
"Pat Topping is a consummate professional, his experience and leadership will not only help us meet our goals, but also continue our efforts in raising the bar for SEDC and our membership,” stated Hal Johnson, SEDC current 1st Vice Chairman.
The Southern Economic Development Council is a 900+ member, non-profit
organization composed of a broad cross-section of active and influential industrial and economic developers from business and industry, utilities, transportation, financial and education institutions, chambers of commerce, and local, regional and state development agencies. Members in the 17-state area share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. The SEDC region includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information about SEDC visit the website at www.sedc.org.
About Pat Topping:
Pat has been in the economic development industry since 1991. He has served as president of chambers in Milledgeville/Baldwin County, Georgia and Cumming/Forsyth County, Georgia. Currently he serves as the Senior Vice President for the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC) the private/public agency responsible for new business recruitment and existing business retention in Macon and Bibb County, Georgia. Pat served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) in 2009/2010, a member of the Executive Committee and continues as a member of the organization. Pat has published economic development articles in trade publications including ED Review and has taught a section of the Development Authority Board Member Training course offered by UGA in addition to teaching part-time for over 20 years at Georgia College & State University and Macon State College in the Business and Marketing Department. Pat and his lovely wife, Shirley, are the proud parents of three young adults and two super grandsons.
About the Macon Economic Development Commission:
The mission of the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC) is to attract, sustain and grow primary jobs and investment in Macon and Bibb County. MEDC is a private/public agency funded by the business community through the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce; Bibb County and the Macon Water Authority, through the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority. MEDC is charged with developing and implementing the Marketing Strategy for economic development activity in Macon and Bibb County and to act as the single point of contact for economic development activity in Macon and Bibb County.