WMU News

Economic development course offered at WMU

April 8, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Professionals who are or want to be involved in economic development can apply now for the fifth annual Michigan Economic Development Course scheduled for June 13-18 at Western Michigan University.

The program, to be held at WMU's Fetzer Center, is designed for individuals in positions related to economic development, including employees of development corporations and public and private utilities, real estate agents, and representatives of chambers of commerce.

Ideal for those who are planning to enter the economic development field as well, the course focuses on relevant theories and practices associated with successful economic development initiatives. Among the topics to be taught are working with foundations, analyzing a community's geography and economy, business retention and expansion, and environmental issues.

WMU is one of 20 sites in the United States accredited by the American Economic Development Council to present its course. The program enables participants to qualify for admission to the council's Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma or in Indianapolis. It is also the first step in acquiring the council's nationally recognized designation as a Certified Economic Developer.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The class is limited to 40 participants and individuals are encouraged to register early. The cost is $450 if registered before April 23; $495 if registered after that date.

The course is being coordinated by WESTOPS, WMU's Office of Public Service. For more information, persons may contact WESTOPS at (616) 387-2714.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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