ED 761

Contemporary Issues in Economic Development

Economic Development for Defense Communities

3 Credit Hours

Fully Online 10-Week Summer Course


New Course designed for economic developers whose economy is defense dependent and military personnel involved with civilian affairs, logistics, and, procurement.  The course makes extensive use of data analytics to understand the defense industry and how to diversify local economies. 

Summer 2018 (June 4 to July 30, 2018)

Topics include:

  • The Military in the National Economy
  • The Social, Economic, and Community Impacts of the Defense Industry
  • Defense Contractors and the DOD Procurement Process
  • Shifts in Defense Procurement
  • Tools for Measuring the Economic Impacts and Mapping the Supply Chains of the Defense Industry
  • Shifts in Defense Procurement
  • Case Studies of Successful Diversifications


The course was designed under the Support National Security Technology Acceleration and Economic Diversification program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment.  

It is part of the Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative

No prerequisites, but acceptance through the Graduate School is required.


This graduate course can be taken as an elective for the Masters of Science in Economic Development Program or other graduate program as well as non-degree seeking for those not enrolled in a graduate program. Apply here.

No prerequisites


Southern Miss Tuition Rates for Summer 2018 (In-State Tuition rates apply)

Graduate Tuition and fees can be found on the Business Services Web Site


Dr. MillerFor more information contact:

Chad R. Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Masters of Science in Economic Development Program College of Business

Tel: 601.266.6666 E-mail: chad.r.miller@usm.edu


About the instructor:

Edward Bee, Ph.D., CEcD

Adjunct Professor

USM College of Business

President of Taimerica Management Company




Taimerica Management Company


Ed Bee,PhD, CEcD, is President and founder of Taimerica Management Company.  Taimerica, headquartered in Mandeville, Louisiana, counsels development groups and businesses worldwide on issues of strategic planning, corporate site selection, targeting and incentive development.  The company has clients in over 21 of the United States, Puerto Rico and Central America.  Ed is an adjunct professor in the MBA and Economic Development Master’s programs at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Bee has earned a number of achievements and awards during his career, including a Distinguished Service Award conferred by the American Economic Development Council in 1994 and the Alumni of the Year Award in 2004 by the Geography Department of Youngstown State University.  He has authored nine peer-reviewed articles on leading edge economic development topics in globally recognized publications such as Economic Development Quarterly, the Economic Development Journal, and Economic Development Review.

Prior to founding Taimerica, Bee led regional and local economic development groups in New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, TX, and Darien, GA.  Bee’s prior experience with DOD includes community support of the Tinker Air Logistics Center, the Corpus Christi Army Depot, and the Corpus Christi Homeport.  Bee worked with communities to support DOD needs during the construction of the Kings Bay Submarine Base and the expansion of Ft. Stewart, Georgia.

Ed completed the PhD in Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is an active member of LIDEA, IEDC, American Economic Association, and International Association of Energy Economists.  His dissertation topic is The Influence of the Electric Supply Industry on Economic Growth in Less Developed Nations.