TN Economic Resiliency Course

In the context of economic development, Economic Resiliency is inclusive of three primary attributes:  1) the ability to recover quickly from a shock, 2) the ability to withstand a shock and 3) the ability to avoid the shock altogether. US Economic Development Administration

The role of economic developers became even more vital as the Coronavirus Pandemic impacted businesses and communities across the country.  The recovery time of economic shocks can be significantly shortened by how quickly economic developers can adapt and respond to all stakeholders.

The interactive TN Economic Resiliency Course will spotlight real life “cause and effect” case studies presented and dissected by leading economic development practitioners and resiliency experts.  The one-and-a-half-day course topics include defining disasters, crisis mitigation, resiliency strategies, lessons learned and resiliency resources.

Date and Location:

August 23-24, 2023 | Drury Plaza Hotel Franklin | 1874 West McEwen Dr., Franklin  (Hotel Link below for group rate)

Course Agenda:

2023 Agenda

Course Fee:

Registration $445 | Early Registration $395 (by: August 1, 2023)

The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses. Registration is limited to 35 participants and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Please remit payment for the course no later than 10 days prior to the course start date.  If payment is not received, you risk having your registration cancelled to make room for those on the waitlist.

Course Times:

Onsite check-in: 9:30 AM
Day 1: 10:00 AM - 5:15 PM 
Day 2: 8:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Meals provided: Day 1 - Lunch; Day 2 - Breakfast & Lunch

How to Register:

If you need assistance accessing your account, please contact Carol Jones at 615-253-6371 or 

You may also register by submitting a Course Registration Form by email. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Cancellations made 7 days or more prior to the course start date will be eligible for a full refund or credit.  Cancellations made less than 7 days will be eligible for credit only for a future course.  

Hotel Accommodations:

Drury Plaza Hotel Franklin -  A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate of $125. Please make your reservations by Thursday, August 10, 2023 to receive the group rate. Click here to reserve your room. Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number 10057657.  Please book early as the block could fill up!  

This link and rate code is only available for course attendees. If this link and special rate is used by someone outside of the course, the reservation will be cancelled and a fee will be applied to the credit card used to book the reservation. 


A limited number of scholarships are available to course participants from Tennessee. Applications for scholarships can be downloaded here Scholarship Application.

Scholarships cover $295 of the $395 early registration course fee, and do not include hotel, travel or meals. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay $100 of the tuition cost, which will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course. Applications must be received by July 25, 2023  to be considered for a scholarship. ** NOTE**  -  scholarship deadline has been extended to August 1, 2023. 

Dress Code:

The attire for the course is business casual.

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Laith Wardi


Laith Wardi, CEcD, is President and Founder of ExecutivePulse, Inc. He has worked in the economic development profession for over 20 years. Laith has comprehensive experience in business retention & expansion that includes one-to-one outreach to hundreds of value-added client companies, work as a resource provider, and 15 years of regional program management in his home state of Pennsylvania. 

During his tenure in economic development, he also worked in business incubation and provided small business mentoring services to entrepreneurs.