Albany-Dougherty EDC President Elected First Vice-Chair of Southern Economic Development Council

October 3, 2023

The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) recently elected leaders to the 2024 17-state Board of Directors, including Albany’s President & CEO of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Jana Dyke. Dyke has been a member of SEDC since 2015 and has been very active in the organization, holding several positions in her 8-year membership. She currently serves as the 2nd vice chair of the organization, her appointment to 1st vice chair marks the first time a female will serve in this role in over 10 years.

The Southern Economic Development Council is a 17-state organization that was created to provide information and leadership to economic developers throughout the American South. Membership provides connections to education, site location consultants, and other important resources. Annual events provide environments that foster important international relationships.

“SEDC is really about having a network,” says Jana Dyke, President and CEO of the ADEDC. “Being involved means having a network of people who can help you create innovative solutions. A lot of communities face similar problems, so sometimes it’s not about reinventing the wheel but rather collaborating on an existing model that works for your community.”

Dyke has previously served as a Secretary, Alternate State Director, and Regional Director for the Sothern Economic Development Council. She brings experience, commitment, and determination to the position and will play a crucial role in the organization’s growth and success.

“Jana has established several important relationships during her career in economic development and we are proud of her involvement with the Southern Economic Development Council and her leadership role with the organization,” says Chris Hatcher, President of Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy and Chairman of the Albany-Dougherty EDC Board. “She will be a great resource to the SEDC as she continues to work on behalf of our community."

Dyke is currently planning the 2024 Meet the Consultants event in Atlanta, as well as the 2025 SEDC Annual Conference in Savannah, Ga. She will officially assume the role of 1st Vice Chair of the Organization on January 1st, 2024.

About SEDC

The Southern Economic Development Council is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America. Founded in 1946, the Council is a nonprofit membership organization of 900+ active and influential economic development professionals representing: local, regional, and state economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, business and industry, utilities, transportation, finance, and education. SEDC enables members to advance their common interest–the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. For more information, visit