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The Government and Economic Development Institute, or GEDI, a university outreach department, bids a fond farewell to a longtime staff member. Davis Cooper, a human resources consultant, will retire effective August 1 after serving in University Outreach for the past 11 years. “Davis has been a valued member of the GEDI family. His contributions through his work advising local, county and state governments on human resources issues are to be commended. The impact of Davis’ work can be seen throughout the great state of Alabama,” said GEDI Director Jeremy Arthur.
Davis began working in Outreach in 2011 with the Center for Governmental Services, or CGS, and transitioned to GEDI in 2015 upon its inception. He is a Senior Certified Professional, or SCP, with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. His outreach work has provided human resources consulting services, technical assistance, and training to municipal and county governments, as well as other public and nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Alabama. . Davis’ retirement from GEDI culminates a varied history of service to country and state who retired from the Air Force in 1999, as a lieutenant colonel with more than 21 years of active duty in as an Airman, Staff Officer and Commander and in 2011 with over 12 years of service with Northrop Grumman as a Senior Military and Operations Analyst. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 1977 and a master’s degree in human resources management from Golden Gate University in 1991. In 2018, Davis received the University of ‘Auburn.
“It has been an extremely rewarding opportunity to learn how state and local governments operate and to serve those governments and elected officials by providing high quality products and services. The tagline for our presentations says, “Make a difference for Alabama” and I believe we live up to that quote. The interactions with people – co-workers, city and county officials, and other professional acquaintances – will be what I will miss most when I leave this job. I have truly enjoyed my tenure with GEDI and am honored to have served the State of Alabama and contributed to Auburn University’s outreach mission.
“Davis’s leadership of GEDI has helped us grow and have a lasting impact on our land-grant mission through Auburn University Outreach. Davis will always be part of our GEDI team and should be proud of the legacy he leaves as he moves into his next chapter in retirement,” added Arthur. Davis is looking forward to enjoying life, traveling, playing golf, enjoying her grandkids and watching Auburn athletics.
GEDI is a department of University Solidarity that specializes in training and advising government organizations and employees, workers in private and non-profit companies, elected officials and economic development professionals. With over 35 years of experience, GEDI has established itself as one of the leading providers of economic development education and training in Alabama. Auburn University is also proud to serve as the Academic Center for Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce. EDA supports universities in their mission to assist states and their economic development community through the EDA University Center program. For more information about GEDI and its programs, visit www.auburn.edu/gedi.