28th Annual Intensive Economic Development Training Course

The Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) at Auburn University is gearing up for its 28th annual (two-week) Intensive Economic Development Training Course.  The first week of the 2012 Intensive Course will be held on July 9-13, and the second week will be conducted September 10-14.  This course introduces participants to all phases of economic development.  Program leaders and faculty members are leading community and economic development practitioners from across the state and region.  The Intensive Course will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, located at 241 South College Street in Auburn.
The course curriculum is tailored to meet the expressed education and training needs of: local, regional, and state-level economic development professionals; economic/industrial development board members; chamber of commerce executives and staff members; state and local elected officials; community leaders; county commissioners; utility company representatives; and community and regional planners.  Created in 1985, the Intensive Course has over 1,000 alumni, including most of the state’s top economic development professionals.
In Week One, participants will hear from Vaughn Grisham, Greg Barker, Joe Sumners, O’Neal Smitherman, Grady Batchelor, Greg Sheek, Jay Garner, Steve Sewell, Euell Screws, Galen Thackston, Peggy Smith, Phillip Dunlap, Mike McCann, Brian Davis, Hilda Lockhart, Sharon Younger, Bob Robicheaux, Nathan Norris, and Colin Coyne, among others. In Week Two, participants will tour the Hyundai auto manufacturing facility in Montgomery.  Our Week Two faculty includes Mac Holiday, Deborah McGill, Ed Bridges, Keivan Deravi, Ellen McNair, Lee Sentell, Karen Kimbrel, Ed Castile, Tommy Bice, Bill Taylor, Seth Hammett, Ken Novak, Warren McCullars, and Horace Horn, among many others.
If you have never attended, don’t miss the chance to participate in this great course!  If you attended over five years ago, come back and take the course again.  It has been redesigned to make it relevant to today’s economic development environment. You will not be disappointed.
How to Register:
We have provided a variety of registration options for your convenience.  Course Registration  provides directions to: (1) register online using a credit card or (2) download the course registration form to register using a check or purchase order. The course fee of $550 covers registration for both weeks, all course materials and break refreshments, and the course field trip.
What Others Are Saying:
“Auburn’s Intensive Economic Development Training Course is the starting place – whether you’re new to the economic development profession, or coming to Alabama from another economic development community, or a newly-elected local official who needs to understand the process and the contacts. I think it’s the most valuable training in the basics and the contacts you gain are icing on the cake.”
Linda Swann, Assistant Director
Alabama Department of Commerce
“This course provides a comprehensive overview of the economic development process for anyone involved or interested in economic development. It provides access to resources and contacts that will prove helpful to participants for years to come.”
Greg Barker, Senior Vice President
Marketing & Economic Development
Alabama Power Company
“The Auburn Intensive Course is the essential economic development primer if you are involved in community and economic development in Alabama. I continually promote this ECDI course to the counties and communities where I work, because I want them to understand the various avenues to prosperity, and I want them to be prepared for opportunities.”
Nisa Miranda, Director
University of Alabama
Center for Economic Development
For More Information:
Please contact Dr. Joe Sumners  sumneja@auburn.edu or Markie Southerland gardnmj@auburn.edu or  call (334.844.4704) if you have any questions about this course.
We hope to see you here in Auburn in July.
Joe Sumners and the ECDI Team

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