Auburn University to hold annual two-week economic development training course

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s annual two-week “Intensive Economic Development Training Course” will be held July 8-12 and Sept. 9-13 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The course is presented by Auburn’s Economic and Community Development Institute.

Community and economic development practitioners from across the Southeast will offer instruction in all phases of development to help boost best practices and equip Alabamians with the tools needed to be successful in a global economy. Topics will include strategic planning, business recruitment, financing, marketing, community geography, real estate, workforce development, business incubation, international trade and development, retail development, tourism and sustainability.

“We recognize that bringing economic prosperity to a community requires much more than just enticing a company to open a new plant in the local industrial park,” said Joe Sumners, director of the Economic and Community Development Institute. “The course also treats business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial development, tourism and community leadership as important elements of a comprehensive development strategy.”

The first week of the course, July 8-12, focuses on the fundamentals of economic and community development, while the second week, Sept. 9-13, is tailored to development in Alabama. Both weeks offer participants access to key players, an understanding of crucial organizations and agencies, networking opportunities and up-to-date information on economic trends and strategies.

The course was created by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in 1985 and boasts more than 1,000 alumni, including most of Alabama’s top economic development professionals. It is also designed to benefit chamber of commerce representatives, elected officials, industrial development board members, community leaders and planners, county commissioners and utility company representatives, among others.

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Contact: Emily Blejwas, Community Development Specialist, (334) 590-3814 (, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (