Competition to attract projects that will boost local economies
is becoming more difficult in an increasingly competitive global
marketplace and is requiring new approaches by economic developers.
One of those
new approaches will be the focus of this year's New South Economic
Development Course, an intensive training session for economic development
professionals scheduled for Sept. 26-30 at the Grand Casino in Gulfport.
The theme for
this year is "Strategies and Approaches to Collaboration in
a Competitive Environment." Instruction will focus on teaching
participants the latest strategies for dealing with economic development
issues in a constant competitive environment. The course's teachings
are meant to provide a framework for participants to expand their
careers while simultaneously enhancing service to the communities
manager for community services for Mississippi Power Co., is serving
as the course director and has been involved in development of the
2004 course. Ueltschey said that collaboration is an important concept
in helping economic developers to succeed.
this year is to incorporate the concept of a more regional, collaborative
approach to economic development that has been necessitated by the
competitive nature of the global marketplace," said Ueltschey.
"Collaboration is all about economic developers working with
each other to make more progress than working independently. This
course really represents a fresh approach to economic development
This year the
course will focus on a more regional perspective. Among the topics
will be destination development, financing, environmental issues,
strategic planning, and using university research as an engine for
The five days
of sessions will feature more than 15 guest speakers including the
- David Dennis,
Federal Reseserve Bank of New Orleans
- Leland Speed,
Mississippi Development Authority
- Dr. Angeline
Dvorak, The University of Southern Mississippi
- Mike Olivier,
Louisiana Department of Economic Development
- Jeff Dahl,
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
- Bruce Frallic,
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
Travis, Mississippi World Trade Center.
The new location
for the course this year will be a huge advantage for participants,
says Ken Malone, chief operating officer for the Southern Miss campus
in Long Beach.
Gulf Coast and its burgeoning economy provide a unique setting for
participants as they discuss strategies for development in their
own areas. It is a great opportunity to showcase the region as an
example of how some of these development strategies have been successful,"
The NSEDC is
accredited by the International Economic Development Council, 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. Registrants who complete the course qualify
for admission to the Economic Development Institute and to the IEDC
Professional Development Series.
is sponsored by Mississippi Power and The University of Southern
Mississippi and has been offered by the university for more than
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 for noncredit or $550 plus tuition
for academic credit. Registrations received after August 31 will
be assessed a $50 late fee. For more detailed registration information,
call (601) 266-6067 or (601) 266-5515.
is coordinated by The University of Southern Mississippi's Center
for International and Continuing Education.