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Training Course Offers Fundamentals of Economic Development to 42 Practitioners Across California and U.S.



Earlier this month OCED helped deliver the 9th edition of the Fresno State Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program in collaboration with long-standing partners University Business CenterCalifornia Association for Local Economic DevelopmentCalifornia Academy for Economic Developmentand International Economic Development Council. Participants included 42 economic development practitioners from across California, including one participant from Utah, as well as 16 expert course presenters.

The program is a 4-day course and each participant is required to attend all modules of the course in order to receive a certificate from Fresno State and completion credit for the IEDC professional certification program.

This program is for both new professionals entering the field of economic development and existing professionals, including elected officials, who want to advance their career and better serve their community. Participants have the opportunity to learn emerging economic development concepts while developing a network of connections and resources throughout California and beyond.

As it has done for the last several years, OCED sponsored personnel from rural communities within the region to participate in the course. This year’s sponsorship recipients were two staff from the City of Arvin. OCED facilitates this opportunity for rural communities through its U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Community Development Initiative funding.

For more information on Fresno State’s Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program, visit here.