Beka Shiver is the Economic Development and Transportation Planner for the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission. Her responsibilities include federal grant writing and administration, public relations, developing and drafting strategic plans for the region, and maintaining an active database of economic resources. She has been serving in community and economic development for over fifteen years and currently administers the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Economic Development Districts partnership planning grant that is responsible for developing the regions Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and assisting efforts that support the community and economic actives within the strategy. She also administers the Regional Commissions Revolving Loan funds for small business gap financing and most recently is the project leader for the Ecosystem Building Coalition of the Georgia Artificial Intelligence Manufacturing Corridor (Georgia AIM) Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant in partnership with Georgia Tech.
Shiver’s experience includes working as the City of Pelham’s Main Street manager, Regional Commission planning assistant, and small business ownership. She is a proud Georgia Southern University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies with majors in geography, sociology, and business and a minor in writing. She is a member of the Georgia Economic Development Association and is currently taking courses with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to become a Georgia-certified economic developer.