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WACO, TX – Sixty-one economic development professionals from five states completed the Basic Economic Development Course in Waco, Texas, on Nov. 11-14, 2019. Participants learned about the concepts, tools and skills needed to be successful in economic development.

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), in partnership with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), conducts the course for entry-level economic development professionals.

Among the topics covered during the four-day course were community and workforce development, strategic planning, finance and capital markets, real estate development and reuse, business attraction, retention and expansion, and many more. Participants included members of economic development organizations and boards and utility companies, along with other city, county and state officials. 

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 program is coordinated by Lisa Mutchler, Program Director of Economic & Workforce Development with TEEX Knowledge Engineering.

The next Basic Economic Development Course will be held Feb. 4-7, 2020, in San Antonio, TX. Visit the TEDC website for more information.

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

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Kathy Fraser

Director of Marketing and Communications

I can’t think of a better way to have spent my time. It was eye-opening and extremely thought-provoking. We, unfortunately, had an opportunity almost immediately to implement some of the advice you and your team gave us when a small plane crashed in the woods south of our airport on Wednesday morning. Sadly, both individuals in the plane were killed. Your advice on communications was extremely valuable to us during and after that incident.

— Kristen Umstattd, Mayor, Town of Leesburg, Pennsylvania
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