Four universities—The University of Alabama, Clemson University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Southern Mississippi—came together to create the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) course—an experiential two-week executive education program designed specifically for mid to senior level economic developers.
The partner universities have developed core classes and curriculum that specifically address the demands of our complex and important industry. We utilize experienced faculty and industry practitioners to present leading-edge strategies and techniques necessary in the competitive and evolving world of job creation. Areas of focus include leadership, innovation, project management, negotiation, global challenges, modern technology, data, communication/media training and more.
Hands-on learning sets AEDL apart with the foundation of the advanced program based on contemporary economic development issues taught through an experiential, hands-on approach. With limited lectures, the Advanced program immerses participants in a collaborative, team-centric approach that fosters learning through active exploration, debate and involvement. AEDL participants learn as much from interaction with fellow professionals as they do from faculty.
"Stellar program. The information was so practical and useful...This is exactly what the profession needed."
-Melody Woodworth CEcD
Executive Director, Expansion & Retention
Louisiana Development Authority
"The insights gained from the Advanced EcD class exceeded my expectations. The level of expertise and knowledge of not only the presenters, but of my classmates as well, was impressive."
CEcD, Economic Development Manager
Visit Central Florida & Polk County Sports Marketing
"The Advanced Economic Development Leadership program is an innovative and highly interactive program that focuses on real world applicability of economic development principles and not on lectures."
Greater Kingsville (TX) EDC.
The AEDL program is the most dynamic economic development training program available to mid- and senior-level professionals, engaging participants in active examination, debate, and discussion—with curriculum based on contemporary challenges. This unique approach enables all participants to complete the program and earn a Master Practitioner credential from four of the top economic development universities.Program Details Apply Online