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Economic Development Professional Training 

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services provides high quality training, continuing education and professional development opportunities to community leaders, stakeholders, and economic development practitioners who participate in the process of economic and community development at local, regional, state, and federal levels. Courses focus on the concepts, tools, strategies, and best practices needed to compete successfully in today’s complex economic environment.

Upcoming Economic Development Training Opportunity 

Tennessee Economic Development Finance Course

The Tennessee Economic Development Finance Course is a one and a half day course which examines important concepts and techniques related to land development, particularly the development of land for economic development purposes. Topics include developing industrial sites, land use planning, financing tools such as tax increment financing and payments in-lieu of taxes (PILOTs), and incentives and resources to support real estate development.

 

Economic Development Training Courses include:

Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course

The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC), an International Economic Development Council (IEDC) certified course, focuses on the fundamental concepts, strategies and tools of economic development.  This four-day course provides a basic overview of economic development strategic planning, managing economic development organizations, financing economic development, workforce development, business retention and expansion, entrepreneurship and small business development, marketing and attraction, community development and more.

Tennessee Business Retention and Expansion Course

The Tennessee Business Retention and Expansion Course is a one and a half day course which focuses on how to develop, implement and evaluate an effective Retention and Expansion program.  Course topics include how to promote existing businesses, how to address sudden and unexpected losses of major employers, and the importance of retooling both the workplace and workforce. 

Tennessee Economic Development Finance Course

The Tennessee Economic Development Finance Course is a one and a half day course which examines important concepts and techniques related to land development, particularly the development of land for economic development purposes. Topics include developing industrial sites, land use planning, financing tools such as tax increment financing and payments in-lieu of taxes (PILOTs), and incentives and resources to support real estate development.

 

Tennessee Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Course

The Tennessee Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Course is a one and a half day course which focuses on the economic impact of small businesses on local and regional economies, needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses and available resources to assist them, and effective networks and strategies to support entrepreneurship and small business development.  

 

Tennessee Managing Economic Development Organizations Course

The Tennessee Managing Economic Development Organizations Course is a one and a half day course which focuses on building an effective economic development organization at state and regional levels. Topics include examining organizational models, measuring performance, management approaches, roles of key leaders, politics and the economic developer, and technology’s role in the EDO.

 

Tennessee Strategic Planning for Economic Development Course

The Tennessee Strategic Planning for Economic Development Course is a one and a half day course which covers the steps to successfully implement a strategic planning process for your organization, your geographic area, or project.  Course topics include consensus building, understanding and applying economic data, developing mission, vision, and goals, and measuring progress.

Tennessee Marketing & Attraction Course

The Tennessee Marketing and Attraction Course is a one and a half day course which examines the process of strategic comprehensive marketing in economic development.  It includes an examination of market research techniques and analysis, technology’s role in marketing; site selection decision making processes, advertising and promotion techniques, and prospect hosting in economic development. While this course emphasizes business attraction, new business development, existing business, and community development are included as part of a comprehensive approach.

Tennessee Certified Economic Developer Program

The Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program is a comprehensive professional development program tailored to give participants a broad based knowledge of economic opportunities and trends, core components, and tools required to compete in today’s global economy, with a focus on economic development in Tennessee.  Upon completion of the 91-hour TCED course curricula and certification requirements, participants are awarded the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer certification, indicating that they have developed core competency in the principles and practices of economic development in Tennessee.

 

QUESTIONS, MORE INFORMATION

Contact the Economic Development Professional Training Director, Erin Ketelle, at (615) 532-4926, erin.ketelle@tennessee.edu​