The Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) program seeks to help economic
developers reimagine their role while providing leading-edge ways to think about and
address challenges, and create connections and a network that are invaluable. AEDL
relies on experienced faculty, industry practitioners, business leaders, and the country’s
foremost site consultants to present leading-edge strategies and techniques necessary
to succeed in the evolving world of quality job creation. The University of Southern
Mississippi partners with Clemson University, Texas Christian University and The University
of New Mexico to deliver this dynamic leadership program. The course is designed for
mid- to senior-level economic developers and will be a hands-on two-week course. The
curriculum has been collaboratively designed by all four universities with the key
areas of topics being: leadership, innovation, project management, workforce/education
excellence, business development, global challenges, and modern technology data. The
instructors for the courses are valued economic development educators, site consultants,
subject experts, and faculty from all four universities. The four universities have
been planning for several years to bring you the most dynamic and effective advanced
economic development course available.
The course is designed for 40 participants and graduates are awarded an Economic Development
Master Practitioner diploma from the partner universities during the closing ceremony.
Click here to learn more about the program and new course opportunities.