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Economic development is a diverse profession with many different career opportunities. There are over 15,000 economic development organizations (EDOs) nationwide. The International Economic Development Council, the main membership and professional certificate organization serving economic developers, has over 4,500 members. 

Our graduates are employed in local, state, provincial, federal governments; public-private partnerships; chambers of commerce; universities; and a variety of other institutions. There is also potential to enter fields including commercial real estate, architecture and engineering, planning, sustainable development careers, etc.

A major goal of the program is that our graduates are prepared to add value on their first day on the job.  We make extensive use of practitioners as speakers so our students have a professional network and understand the real world of economic development. Each class includes relevant projects and we continually work with our industry advisory council to ensure that the learning outcomes are current. Experiential experience is key to the program.

In addition, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Southern Economic Development Council maintain economic development job listings.

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Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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