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Institute looks at economic development

By Clara B. Cox

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 01 - August 29, 1996

Volunteer community leaders and local government officials who want a better understanding of the economic-development process can get the information they need through the Virginia Institute for Economic Development's "Basic Course." The first session will be held September 16-18 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center, followed by the second session October 28-30 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

The institute provides training in the economic-development process and outlines how this process is used to benefit Virginia's cities, counties, and towns in furthering economic growth. It is sponsored by Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and the Virginia Department of Business Assistance.

"The institute focuses on helping community leaders learn about economic-development programs at state, regional, community, and local levels. It helps participants expand their network of key economic-development leaders and apply knowledge of programs to enhance community economic development," said Karen Burkholder, a research associate in Public Service Programs and an organizer of the event.

The basic course is a non-credit course in community economic development leading to a certificate of study in economic development. It includes five days of seminars and six weeks of home study. Experienced economic-development practitioners lead the seminars.

The institute is limited to 45 participants, and pre-registration is required by August 30. Tuition is $280 per participant and includes instruction, course materials, textbooks, five meals, coffee breaks, and two receptions.

For more information, call 1-6638.