GEDI Policy Summit
November 15-16, 2017

This year’s GEDI Policy Summit’s theme is Blueprint for Rural Alabama. It will bring together Alabama state, county and municipal elected officials, administrators, employees and major stakeholders to discuss public policy issues affecting Rural Alabama. Presentations and round table discussion will explore physical, human and civic infrastructures as well as propose economic development strategies.

The Summit will be held November 15-16, 2017, at the Marriott Grand National Hotel and Conference Center located at 3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail in Opelika, Alabama.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning and a light continental breakfast will be provided from 7:00-8:00 a.m. The Summit will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Thursday will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 noon.

Who Should Attend?

Alabama state, county and municipal elected officials, administrators, employees and major stakeholders.

Contact

For more information about the GEDI Policy Summit, please contact:

  • Government & Economic Development Institute
    Education and Training
    213 Extension Hall
    Auburn, Alabama 36849
    Phone: 334-844-4782
    E-mail: gedi@auburn.edu
Summit Topics

This year’s Policy Summit: Blueprint for Rural Alabama will be facilitated by GEDI Executive Director Dr. Joe A. Sumners.

Please find a list of selected course topics included below:

  • Physical Infrastructure:
    Roads, Bridges, and Broadband
  • Human Infrastructure:
    Schools, Workforce, and Healthcare
  • Civic Infrastructure:
    Community Leadership, Engagement, and Public Policy
  • Economic Development Strategies:
    Entrepreneurship, Retail, Tourism, and much more
Registration Fee

The total fee for both days is $175 per person.

If you have three (3) or more persons attending from your agency or firm, you may qualify for a group discount of $150 per person. Please contact Leslie Hamby or call (334) 844-4782.

Luncheon/Continental Breakfast:

The registration fee includes a continental breakfast Wednesday-Thursday and a luncheon on Thursday.

If you will be bringing a guest to either breakfast and/or luncheon, please be sure to contact the GEDI office at (334) 844-4782. Please place advanced orders by 12:00 noon, Friday, November 10, 2017.

  • Additional Breakfast: $18 per person each day
  • Additional Lunch: $25 per person
Cancellation Rule:

Written cancellations, received fifteen (15) working days prior to the beginning of the program will be honored with a partial refund of the registration fee, less an administrative assessed fee of $50. Due to event commitments, late cancellations or non-attendance will not be refunded. Payment is due before the event starts unless a Purchase Order has been provided or special arrangements are made with the GEDI office. Substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time at no additional charge.

Special Needs:

This program is designed to be accessible to all who wish to attend. Should you have a special need(s), please advise in advance by contacting the Government & Economic Development Institute by calling (334) 844-4782.

Auburn University is an equal opportunity educational institution/employer.

Hotel

The GEDI Policy Summit will be held at the Marriott Grand National Hotel and Conference Center located at 3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail in Opelika, Alabama.

Reservations

The Marriott Grand National is holding a block of rooms for course participants at a rate of $129.00 per night for a standard room for reservations made by October 20, 2017. You may make reservations by calling (800) 593-6456 or (334) 741-9292 and referencing M-9RGSOXC – GEDI Policy Summit. You can also click the link below to make online room reservations:

Directions

From I-65, take Exit 179 (Cobbs Ford Road). Exit towards Prattville, 1/2 mile to the next light. Turn left on Hwy 82. Travel 1/4 mile to the entrance of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Constitution Ave.) on the left. Take Left at next entrance towards Legends.

Last Updated: August 10, 2017