Please join the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) for our upcoming course, Intensive Retail Development, which will be held at the Montgomery Marriott at Prattville next Thursday and Friday, December 6-7.  This will be an incredible opportunity to hear from and network with top economic and retail developers and site selectors.  To take advantage of this opportunity, register by the close of business this upcoming Tuesday, December 4th.  Please find a list of some of the featured speakers and panelists (and more information about the course) below:

Select Speakers and Panelists:

  • Lacy Beasley, Community Development, The Shopping Center Group
  • Tom Newton, Senior Partner, Newton Oldacre McDonald
  • Gaylan Hamilton, Real Estate Manager, Factory Connection (Over 260 stores in 13 states)
  • Joe Turner, President, AllSouth Corporation (Site Selector for Academy Sports and Outdoors)
  • Ken Funderburk, Executive Vice President, Merchant Capital, LLC
  • Candice Hill, Retail & Marketing Specialist, St. Clair County EDC
  • Rick Paler, Executive Director, Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority
  • Jennifer Palmer, President, Albertville Chamber of Commerce
  • Connie Bainbridge, Manager of Economic & Community Development, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative
  • Susan Hines, President, Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Barbara Patton, President, Opelika Chamber of Commerce
  • Bill Shoemaker, Mayor, Tuscumbia, Alabama

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE using a check / credit card.

The Intensive Retail Development Course is a two-day course presented by the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) at Auburn University. ECDI has offered a retail development course on a biannual basis since 2006. This year’s course will be held at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville at Capitol Hill on December 6-7 and feature new speakers, proven ideas, and Alabama success stories.
The 2012 Intensive Retail Development Course will include:

  • An introductory overview presentation
  • A panel on community-based retail development comprised of successful economic development practitioners who have used innovative strategies to attract retail development to their communities
  • A panel of key retail site selectors and developers and an opportunity to meet retail location decision-makers at an intimate course reception
  • A panel of community leaders who have been key drivers behind successful downtown development and revitalization efforts in some of the state’s (big and small) thriving downtown retail and commercial districts
  • An expert presentation on financing retail development
  • An overview of retail partnership opportunities available in Alabama
  • A surprise keynote speaker who will lead us in a discussion on how your community can take retail development “to the next level”

Who Should Attend: Individuals from numerous professional backgrounds and various economic sectors will find this to be a highly-beneficial training and networking opportunity. Some of ECDI’s most common course participants include: economic developers, Chamber of Commerce staff and board members, state and local elected officials, community leaders, utility company representatives, community and regional planners, economic and industrial development board members, workforce development representatives, and County Extension Coordinators. This course would also be especially appealing to anyone interested in downtown, locally-owned, big box and large corporate, or any other type of community retail development.


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