Sixty-seven economic development professionals attended the Basic Economic Development Course in Frisco, Texas, on Nov. 7-10. Participants from Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Missouri 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, strategic planning, finance and capital markets, real estate development and reuse, business attraction, retention and expansion, and many more.

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. The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), in partnership with TEEX, conducts the course for entry-level economic development professionals. The program is coordinated by Lisa Mutchler, Program Director of Economic & Workforce Development with Knowledge Engineering.

Participant Veronica Eisenhardt, Business Development Liaison with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, commented:
“Thank you for all the hard work I know goes into making such a successful event. Last night I attended the Roanoke City Council meeting in my territory and actually understood most of what was going on…thanks to your excellent program. I’m already digging deeper into my cities and towns to see how else I can be of service.”

Gary Carley, with the North Dallas Bank & Trust, provided this feedback:
“As a Board member of an EDC and not being my chosen career, I wanted to express my appreciation for the varied speakers assembled and case studies discussed. It was informative, enjoyable and time well spent. I look forward to the next opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the EDC world.”

The next Basic Economic Development Course will be held Feb. 7-10, 2017, in Sugar Land, Texas. Learn more on the
TEDC website.

Learn more about services and training in economic development offered by TEEX.

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