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This year we celebrated the 28th Anniversary of the two-week Intensive Economic Development Training Course. With over 1,000 alumni, including most Alabama economic developers, this is one of the best basic economic development courses in the country. The Alabama Prosperity Forum is an education program that offers short (1½ day) courses focusing on topics where Alabama economic and community development professionals have asked for more training. Unlike many such courses, the format provides opportunities for maximum participant engagement, including discussion roundtables and deliberative forums. ECDI also administers the AU Graduate Minor in Economic Development, which attaches to Master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, Community Planning, Economics, Education, Public Administration and Public Policy, and Rural Sociology. ECDI is the home of the Alabama Community Leadership Network (ACLN), which connects, and provides resources for, adult and youth community leadership programs throughout Alabama. ECDI also plays a key role in Connecting Alabama: Boosting Broadband to Bridge the Digital Divide, a project to educate and train Alabama residents and community leaders in the social and economic benefits of broadband technology.
Last Updated: January 24, 2014