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Sixth Annual Economic Development Course Wraps up in Nashville

Chris Neese, Executive Director of the Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce was among the 37 participants who participated in the sixth Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course, hosted by The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.

The TBEDC is designed for those who participate in economic and community development at local, state and federal levels, and focused on the fundamental concepts, tools and practices needed to succeed in a complex economic environment. The three and a half-day course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council and the American Planning Association.

Attendees, who were from Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, learned best practices in economic and community development, new methods and programs to promote job growth and investment, discussed emerging trends and factors that shape local and regional economics and developed a network of fellow economic development professionals.

“It is our goal to continue to build upon the TBEDC and establish the best national basic economic development course and statewide economic development program in the US,” said Dr. Andre Temple, an economic development specialist at CIS and the course director.

Course sponsors were the Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association, Tennessee Development District Association, Tennessee Economic Development Council, and USDA Rural Development.

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