Sixty-two economic development professionals attended the Basic Economic Development Course in Galveston on June 2-5. Participants from Texas and two other states learned about the concepts, tools and skills needed to be successful in economic development.
Topics covered during the four-day course included community and workforce development, business attraction and marketing, business finance and capital markets, business retention and expansion, and many more. Speakers included Business Development Manager John Adams, with TEEX Knowledge Engineering, who gave a presentation on “Entrepreneur and Small Business Development.”
The course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and serves as a training requirement to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam.
“Due to the quality of our course and the increasing demand for this training, the IEDC has given approval for Texas to offer three courses per year,” said TEEX Program Manager Lisa Mutchler. The third 2015 Basic Economic Development Course will be held Dec. 7-10, in Rockwall, TX.
The Texas Economic Development Program, in partnership with IEDC, the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) and TEEX, coordinates the course for entry-level economic development professionals.