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November 28, 2012

EMC senior consultant to speak at ABAC commencement Dec. 7

TIFTON — Niki Knox, Senior Community Economic Development Consultant for Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), will be the speaker at the fall commencement ceremony at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in Gressette Gym.

A 2000 ABAC graduate, Knox is responsible for providing economic development assistance to communities across Georgia on behalf of the 42 EMCs that are members of Georgia EMC. She joined the Community and Economic Development group in March of 2008, serving as the regional contact for economic and community development activities in 59 north Georgia counties.

Knox began her professional career with the cities of Douglas and Valdosta as the Main Street Director. She then served as the Department of Community Affairs Office of Downtown Development Regional Representative for regions one, two, and four. She is currently a member of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development Curriculum Committee, Community Developers Forum, the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Georgia Economic Development Association (GEDA).

In addition, she is a member of the ABAC Alumni Association Board and Foundation Board. Knox is also past president of the Georgia Downtown Association, as well as Chairperson of the Non-Traditional Economic Development SIG of the GEDA, Vice-President of Membership for the Southeastern Association of Facilitators and a Georgia Department of Transportation TE Panel Review Committee Member.

After completing her ABAC degree in business, Knox received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Georgia Southwestern State University. Currently, she is working toward a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership at Saint Joseph’s University.

Knox is an alumnus of the New Century Leaders Program (Coffee County), Leadership Lowndes, and Leadership Georgia Class of 2010.  She lives in Peachtree City.

A total of 163 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony.

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