TN Workforce Development Course

Workforce and talent development are the top challenges in economic development today. The Tennessee Workforce Development Course is a hands-on course covering pertinent topics and trends such as the widening skills gap, the multigenerational workforce, the changing nature of the workplace and the importance of collaboration among allies. 

The one-and-a-half-day course is designed to help economic development practitioners, government officials and other community leaders at state, regional and local levels understand best practices, available resources and partnership approaches to building a competitive workforce.

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:

June 12-13, 2024 | DoubleTree Jackson - 1770 Hwy 45 Bypass, Jackson ( Room block link under Hotel Accommodations below)

Course Agenda: 2024 Course Agenda

Course Fee:

Registration $445 | Early Registration $395 (By: May 21, 2024)

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: 

DoubleTree Jackson  -  A limited number of rooms have been reserved.  Please reserve your room by May 18, 2024 to receive the group rate of $107.  Click here to reserve your room. Book early as the block may fill up!  

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 are required to pay $100 of the tuition cost, which will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course after accepting the award. Applications must be received by: May 14, 2024 to be considered.

If applying for a scholarship, please register for the course to save a seat and choose the "Invoice" option (Do not pay the invoice until you receive notification).  If the scholarship is awarded, the invoice will be revised to $100.  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:


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Sharon Younger is President and founder of Younger Associates, LLC, an economic research and strategic planning firm that provides services to businesses, economic development organizations and transportation agencies. 

Dr. Younger has twenty-five years of experience in her field and is a frequent speaker at national conferences for professional organizations. She is an instructor for the Economic Development Institute, University of Oklahoma, Auburn University, University of Tennessee and CETYS University in Mexico.

Before founding Younger Associates, Dr. Younger was an associate professor of market research and advertising at Union University where she launched and became director of the university’s Center for Business and Economic Services. Prior to her work at Union University, Dr. Younger worked in market research for the Allied-Signal Corporation.

Recognized nationally as a leading researcher in the field of demographic and labor market analysis, Dr. Younger and her firm have successfully completed regional and statewide labor market analyses for clients in twenty-three states.