Heartland Economic Development Course Provides Professional Development Opportunity
May 2, 2016 | Cassie Johnson of Lake Mills, Iowa, was one of 95 Students representing six states attending the 29th annual Heartland Economic Development Course (EDC) April 24-28, 2016 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.
The Heartland Economic Development Course allows participants to gain a better understanding of the full range of economic development strategies. The course instructs participants on ways to maximize the use of local and external resources and attempts to impart an understanding of the effects of global competition on local efforts.
“With fierce competition among communities and regions for new sources of jobs, income and labor, enhanced professional skills and understanding of economic development techniques becomes absolutely critical for success,” says James Hoelscher, Course Director for the Heartland EDC.
As the first economic development course targeted at professionals within the region, the curriculum for the Heartland EDC focuses on economic development factors relevant to the Great Plains states.
The Heartland Economic Development Course is one of 27 similar courses accredited by the International Economic Development Council. Completion of the course is the first step toward meeting the educational prerequisites for sitting for the certified professional economic developer exam administered by the IEDC.
The Heartland EDC is developed and directed by the Institute for Decision Making, Business and Community Services Division, University of Northern Iowa in cooperation with the Kansas Economic Development Alliance; Professional Developers of Iowa; Missouri Economic Development Council; Nebraska Economic Development Association, South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development; and the Oklahoma Economic Development Association.