he Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), one of the leading organizations for economic development professionals in the U.S., announced Missy Kendrick of the Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Development Authority its 2013 Committee Member of the Year. Gov. Nathan Deal presented the award to Kendrick at GEDA’s Annual Awards Ceremony, this year held at the Macon Marriott City Center.’GEDA is able to support the work of nearly 800 economic developers largely because of the work of so many dedicated volunteers,’ said Mike Pennington, president of GEDA. ‘Missy has been an ideal member, sacrificing her time and leveraging her expertise to assist in carrying forward our mission.’In 2012, GEDA created the Committee Chair & Member of the Year awards as a way to publically thank and recognize these leaders that do so much to further our profession. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, GEDA is a non-profit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit www.geda.org.