COLLEGE STATION — Economic and workforce development professionals from across Texas and the nation will attend the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s 54th Basic Economic Development Course Nov. 7-10 in College Station.
The 24-hour course, the only one of its kind in the state, is accredited by the International Economic Development Council. The course covers topics such as attracting and marketing to new businesses, business retention and small business development. Participants examine workforce and community development in addition to strategic planning, finance and real estate.
“The Basic Economic Development Course has built a solid reputation since the first course was offered in 1967,” said program manager Dan Griffiths of TEEX’s Technology and Economic Development Division. “This year we have expanded the scope and subject matter content. We are also adding modules about regional issues, and in 2005, the course will be offered in McAllen and Lubbock for the first time.”
Speakers and participants will include representatives from Office of the Governor’s Division of Economic Development and Tourism, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Department of Agriculture. They will discuss statewide initiatives aimed at fostering economic development.
Chloe Johnson, principal of Johnson & Associates of Austin and the first female certified economic developer in the state, will speak at the conference, along with Rick Froeschle and Joe Yacono from the Texas Workforce Commission, who will address the role of jobs and training in economic development.
Charles Wood, assistant director of economic development for the city of College Station, will speak on real estate development and reuse. Royce Hickman, president and chief executive officer of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce, will speak at Wednesday’s closing ceremony.
Participants who complete the course earn continuing education units and fulfill one of the requirements for admission to the Economic Development Institute.
A member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond.