- Change is inevitable. But preparation is the master of change.
That is the message behind this year's New South Economic Development
Course (NSEDC), an intensive training session for economic development
professionals scheduled for Sept. 28-Oct. 3 at Hattiesburg's Lake
Terrace Convention Center.
The NSEDC is
coordinated by The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for
International and Continuing Education.
The theme for
this year is "Dealing with Change." Instruction will focus
on teaching participants the latest strategies for dealing with
economic development issues in a constantly shifting environment.
The course's teachings are meant to provide a framework for participants
to expand their careers while at the same time enhancing service
to the communities they represent.
Dvorak, Southern Miss vice president for Research and Economic Development,
and Jimmy Heidel, director of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber
of Commerce, will co-direct the course.
that learning to deal with change is one of the keys to success
for today's economic development professionals and their communities.
is the constant," Dvorak said. "The communities, regions
and states that learn to manage change, and in fact embrace change,
will be the most prosperous. "Economic developers are the rainmakers
and visionaries, but also the facilitators, educators and worker
bees. They must be multitasking quick studies."
That is not
likely to change anytime in the near future as the world economic
developers deal with is in a constant state of flux.
developers live in a dynamic reality as traditional city and county
lines blur with the prospects of major industry, as well as high-tech
startups," Dvorak said.
president of Hattieburg's Area Development Partnership, is one of
those dealing with the ever-changing world of economic development.
Swoope said that learning to deal with change is crucial.
before has change occurred at such a rapid pace in so many economic
arenas," Swoope said. "Our economy is more diverse than
it has ever been. The new global environment has not only opened
up new doors, but drastically changed the pace at which we work.
developers must now anticipate change and be prepared to quickly
adapt to change by finding new, innovative ways to deal with the
challenges our economy poses. Speed and diversity are keys to success."
The NSEDC is
accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC),
the largest membership organization serving the economic development
profession. The IEDC's mission is to provide leadership and excellence
in economic development and to build strong sustainable communities.
The NSEDC is
considered equal to the IEDC's Introduction to Economic Development
Course and may be applied toward requirements to sit for the Certified
Economic Developer Exam.
who complete the course qualify for admission to the Economic Development
Institute and to the IEDC Professional Development Series.
is being sponsored by The Mississippi Development Authority, The
Mississippi Economic Development Council, The Southeast Mississippi
Economic Development Network, The Area Development Partnership of
Forrest County, Louisiana Generating LLC, Entergy Corporation and
Mississippi Power Company.
to full- and part-time economic and community developers, the NSEDC's
instruction will be of benefit to planners, real estate developers,
elected officials, utility and transportation personnel and business
leaders interested in improving their communities and states.
The fee for
participating in the NSEDC is $550, and registrations received after
Sept. 12 will be assessed a $50 late fee. For more detailed registration
information, call (601) 266-4186.