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Economic development course scheduled

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 1 - August 25, 1994

Volunteers 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 "Community Economic Development: The Basic Course," offered September 19-21 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel 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 the Virginia Department of Economic Development (VDED) and Virginia Tech's Community Resource Development of Virginia Cooperative Extension and Public Service Programs, a unit in University Outreach and International Programs.

"The institute focuses on helping community leaders learn about the VDED's specific programs for community economic development and about other 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 Joe Adams, an economic-development specialist at Virginia Tech and an organizer of the annual event.

The basic course, designed to serve the needs of local government officials and volunteer community leaders interested in economic development, is offered by the institute as a non-credit course leading to a certificate of study in economic development. It includes five days of seminars and seven weeks of home study. Two sessions will be held on the Virginia Tech campus, scheduled for September 19-21 and October 31-November 2.

Adams said that experienced economic-development practitioners will lead the seminars.

Registration by September 6 is required for the course, which is limited to 50 participants. A $250 tuition covers instruction, course materials, textbooks, five meals, coffee breaks, and two receptions. Three partial scholarships are available from the Virginia Economic Developers Association.

For information on registering and applying for the scholarships, contact Karen Burkholder at 1-8386.  

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