TN Managing Economic ​Development Course

The Tennessee Managing Economic Development Course is a one-and-a-half-day course that focuses on building an effective economic development organization at local, state and regional levels. Topics include examining organizational models, measuring performance, management approaches, roles of key leaders, stakeholder relations, navigating the political environment, board management, media relations, communications strategies and strategic planning.

This course is one of a series provided by UT Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) designed to share best practices and trends with Tennessee’s economic development practitioners, private industry leaders, community leaders and elected officials.​

Date and Location:

Coming in 2025!

Course Agenda

2023 Course Agenda

Course Fee:

Registration $445 | Early Registration $395 (TBA )

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 - 5:30 PM 
Day 2: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

 Meals provided:  Day 1 - Lunch; Day 2 - Breakfast


If you need assistance accessing your account, please contact us at 615-253-6371 or email us here. 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:


This link and rate code is only available for class attendees. If this link and special rate is used by someone outside of the class, 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. Scholarships cover $295 of the $395 early registration 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: (TBA) to be considered.

If applying for a scholarship, please register for the class to save a seat and choose the "Invoice" option. If a scholarship is not received, the participant may decide to keep the seat or withdraw at the time of notification with no penalty. Scholarships are non-transferable.

Applications for scholarships can be downloaded here Scholarship Application.

Dress Code:

The attire for the course is business casual.

Other TCED Economic Development Courses:


Kathy Price, CEcD 

Kathy Price is the owner of Kathy Price Consulting.  Price offers over 30 years of economic development and administrative experience.  She is the retired Executive Director for the McMinn County Economic Development Authority where she was responsible for new business recruitment and existing business retention and expansion programs.  She has also served as the Assistant Director of the Loudon County Economic Development Agency and manager with the University of Tennessee Extension Agricultural Economics Department.

Kathy has been directly involved in over $1.5 Billion in new business investments and the creation of over 4,100 new jobs in McMinn and Loudon counties.  She specializes in rural economic development, community and workforce strategies, and redevelopment initiatives. Read Full Bio

Doug Lawyer, CEcD

Doug Lawyer is Vice President of Economic Development for the Knoxville Chamber, where he has worked since 2001.  In his role at the Knoxville Chamber, Doug oversees the organization’s programs and staff in business attraction and business retention & expansion.  

Before joining the Knoxville Chamber, from 1996-2001, Doug was the Manager of Industrial Park Development and Property Management for the Development Corporation of Knox County.  

During his career in Knoxville, he has helped facilitate the growth of over 11,500 jobs and $1.4B in capital investment in the Knoxville community. Doug received the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council in March 2009.  Read Full Bio

Dave Kolzow, PhD 

Dr. David Kolzow is currently President of Team Kolzow, Inc., an economic development consulting firm out of Franklin, Tennessee. Dr. Kolzow has over 40 years of consulting experience in site selection, real estate development planning, and community economic development.  His past clients include numerous communities, states, and some of the largest real estate developers in the nation.  His wide-ranging experience has also made him popular as a speaker and trainer.  He served on the faculty of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma from 1985 to 2000, and recently has been the instructor for EDI’s online course in strategic planning. 

Since 1995, he has been the principal instructor of the IEDC course on Management and has provided the World Bank with its management training of investment promotion managers in underdeveloped countries.  Dr. Kolzow has served on the faculty of Basic Economic Development Courses in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Kentucky, California, and North Carolina, and is formerly Dean of the Basic course in Louisiana. Read Full Bio