Special to the Journal
B.J. Fletcher recently completed Development Authority Training provided by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government for local leaders who have been appointed or reappointed to an authority.
Fletcher is a member of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Development Authority, which is based in Albany.
Participants in the daylong training courses learn about their responsibilities as members of development authority boards and the role that development authorities serve in the local economic development process. Topics include legal issues, ethics, conflicts of interest, and open records and open meetings requirements.
In addition, participants learn the basics of development authority operations, financing and incentives, deal-closing funds, and bonds.
“Development authorities are a key tool in every county’s economic development process, and this training offers additional resources for board members as they implement development plans,” said course instructor Rob Gordon, who coordinates the Institute of Government’s economic development efforts.
For more information about Development Authority Training, which the Institute hosts several times a year at locations throughout the state, contact Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit vinsoninstitute.org /dat.
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia that conducts training, technical assistance, and applied research to help state and local governments operate efficiently and effectively and provide improved service to the public.