True South Economic Development Course

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This is an introductory course exposing participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life, the first step in pursuing professional certification.
The True South Basic Economic Development Course is designed for community leaders and stakeholders who participate in the process of community economic development. Typical conference attendees include chamber of commerce, economic, and community development organization professionals; elected and appointed officials; government agency staff; community planners; utility personnel; bankers; business leaders; real estate brokers and developers; community volunteers; and students enrolled in the Masters of Economic Development program.
September 21 -24, 2015, in Hattiesburg, MS at The University of Southern Mississippi Trent Lott National Center
The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses.
A block of rooms has been reserved for True South participants at the Residence Inn, 116 Grand Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 at a special course rate of $115 nightly plus tax. The hotel has a full breakfast and a light supper on alternating evenings. Participants should make their own reservations by contacting the Residence Inn at 601.264.9202 and asking for the True South course rate when booking your room in order to receive the university room rate of $115. Reservations must be made by September 1, 2015 to receive the special course rate.

  • Managing an Economic Development Organization
  • Ethics in Economic Development
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Workforce Development
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development
  • Marketing and Attraction
  • Strategic Planning
  • Real Estate Development
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Community Development

For more information on the program details, please contact:
Shannon Campbell
For registration information, please contact:
Tasha May
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Hosted by:
Trent Lott National Center of Excellence for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

iedc logoThe course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council. It fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to take the examinations for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation.

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