The Basic Economic Development Course reached a historical milestone in November—when TEEX delivered the 50th course. TEEX conducted the first Economic Development Course in 1967, and it was the first educational course accredited by the International Economic Development Council.
Since its inception, over 3500 individuals from across the country have completed the intensive, 40-hour training. The 50th session brought 80 participants to San Antonio Nov. 3-8.
“There are only 19 programs like this available in the entire U.S.,” says Bill Shelton, a course instructor who has participated in all 50 sessions. “This program has built such a solid reputation it’s the only one that can fill two courses a year.”
The Basic Economic Development Course is endorsed by the Texas Economic Development Council, Inc., the Texas Department of Economic Development, and numerous utility companies, municipalities, chambers of commerce, counties, and development foundations.
“The real strength of this program comes from the faculty selected,” said Dr. Patricia R. Turner, who serves as director of the course. “Some have been sharing their time and talents for more than 30 years, and they take great pride in making this program the best in the country.”