Taylor Smith Corinne Thornton

Thomaston Economic Development Coordinator Taylor Smith, right, is shown with Corinne Thornton, vice chair of the board of directors of Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Smith was a Fall graduate of the academy.

Thomaston Economic Development Coordinator Taylor Smith was among recent graduates of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, according to an announcement from the program’s board.

Graduates are community and economic development professionals, elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and engaged citizens from across Georgia. Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross-section of experts, research-based curriculum, and resources necessary for building a vibrant economy, the release stated.

The academy features a cornerstone program, The Essentials, a one-day program that provides attendees an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels. Graduates of the program have completed The Essentials, as well as at least three advanced courses that are designed to “deep dive” into specific topics derived from current needs, trends, and data.

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