University Economic Development Association


Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program

Award Category: Talent+Place
Project Site: Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program
Submitted By: University of Alabama
Contact: Neal Wade, 205.348.7881

Case Study

Four universities collaborated on the creation of an Advanced Economic Development Leadership training program to solve a need for an in-depth, experiential program designed for mid and senior economic development professionals.  The program examines the key contemporary issues in job creation and the challenges faced by communities across the country.  With the experiential teaching/learning approach, the class members debate, discuss, compete and delve into curriculum subjects that are not available in any other training program. The first Advanced Economic Development Leadership class sold out and class evaluations clearly indicate that the program is filling a void in contemporary executive education.

Finalist Presentation

UEDA Awards of Excellence Finalists presented at the Annual Summit in Milwaukee on October 22 and 23, 2018. Summit attendees then voted for the best initiative in each category.