Essentials of Economic Development Course Offered

Essentials of Economic Development is a two-day course offered by the Economic & Community Development Institute, a partnership of Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
On March 5 and 6, 2009, ECDI will assemble leading economic and community development practitioners and professionals at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center to discuss fundamental ideas, concepts and success strategies for economic development.
The Course is designed to give course participants opportunities to ask questions and engage in constructive dialogue about the essential components of economic development including community development, industrial marketing and recruiting, business retention and expansion, retail development and workforce development.
Course Format
ECDI will provide each participant with a course CD containing faculty presentations and reference materials.  Participants can view presentations on a personal laptop or on the screen in front of the classroom.
Who Should Attend?

  • New Economic Developers
  • Chamber of Commerce Officials
  • State and Local Elected Officials
  • Community Leaders
  • Utility Company Representatives
  • Community and Regional Planners

Thursday, March 5                                     Friday, March 6
   9:00 am      Registration                          8:30 am     First Session
   9:30 am      First Session                         11:30 am    Adjourn
   11:30 am     Lunch
   5:00 pm      Adjourn

Registration and Course Fee
We have provided a variety of registration options for your convenience.  Please choose any of the following methods to register for the ECDI course:
Complete and mail the attached form and payment for the registration fee to the address listed.
Fax the completed registration form and your credit card information as indicated on the attached form.
Use a credit card to register through the course website at:

The course registration fee is $225.00.  This includes:

  • Course CD
  • Refreshments during the course
  • 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

Alabama Prosperity Forum
With over 20 years of experience in economic development education and over 1,000 alumni across Alabama, ECDI is the state’s leading provider of economic and community development education.  Building upon the success of it’s annual two-week Intensive Economic Development Training Course, ECDI has introduced the Alabama Prosperity Forum, a new series of short courses focusing on areas in which Alabama economic and community development professionals have expressed a desire for more training.  This course is the first of four courses to be offered in 2009.
Location and Accommodations
The course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center.  Hotel room reservations are the responsibility of the individual participant and are not included in the course fee.
ECDI has reserved rooms at AUHCC for Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5.  A group room rate of $96.00 per night is available for course participants until the room block is full.
Participants must indicate they are attending the ECDI Essentials of Economic Development course when making their reservations in order to receive the special rate.  Hotel reservations can be made by calling the AUHCC at (334) 821-8200.  Directions to the Conference Center are available at:
For More Information
Please contact Allyson Martin at (334) 844-3686 or email:

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