Intensive Course: Overview

Course Overview

The course is divided into two one-week sessions. It provides an intensive orientation to Alabama economic and community development.

Who Should Attend
  • Local, Regional, and State-Level Economic Development Professionals
  • Economic / Industrial Development Board Members
  • Chamber of Commerce Officials
  • State / Local Elected Officials
  • Community Leaders
  • County Commissioners
  • Utility Company Representatives
  • Community / Regional Planners
Course Curriculum

The course will be moderated by ECDI Director Dr. Joe A. Sumners. Click here (link coming soon) to access a copy of the agenda for the first week of the course (July 6-10). The second week's agenda will be posted as soon as speakers are confirmed.

  • Selected Course Topics
    • Trends in Economic and Community Development
    • Economic Development Strategic Planning
    • Fundamentals of Economic Development
    • Business Retention and Expansion
    • International Trade and Investment
    • Economic Development Marketing
    • Developing and Using Speculative Buildings
    • Financing Economic Development Projects
    • Environmental Issues in Economic Development
    • Information and Technology for Economic Development
    • Building an Effective Economic Development Organization
    • The History of Economic Development in Alabama
    • Success Models for Community Development
    • Strategies for Rural Alabama
    • Alabama Economic Profile
    • K-12 Education in Alabama
    • Workforce Development in Alabama
    • Designing Your Community for Success
    • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
    • Innovation and Knowledge-Based Economic Development
    • Retail and Commercial Development
    • Alabama Tourism and Retiree Attraction
    • Economic Development Organizations in Alabama
    • Alabama Economic Development Roundtable
    • Field Trip: Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Last Updated: January 20, 2015