Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan recently completed the first of a two-week executive education course through the Advanced Economic Development Leadership program. Held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City Nov. 2-7, the hands-on course focuses on evolving economic and community development issues taught through an experiential, applied learning approach.
Created by four universities, including Clemson University, The University of Alabama, the University of Southern Mississippi and Texas Christian University, AEDL 3.0 immerses participants in a collaborative, team-centric approach that fosters learning through exploration, debate, exercises and team competition.
Program topics include: effective negotiation strategies; strategic planning; creativity and innovation in job creation; job creation strategies; media communications, leadership, FDI and international trade, innovation in manufacturing; education excellence and more.
Attracting site consultants, seasoned economic development professionals, academic and subject experts from across the U.S., AEDL 3.0 provides a dynamic curriculum designed to meet the challenges of competitive job creation challenges.
“It was a privilege to participate in the AEDL program,” said McMahan. “Geared toward more seasoned economic developers, the program was tailored to infuse current best practices. No matter how long you’ve been engaged in a particular field, there are always new ways of thinking and new perspectives to learn from. It was enlightening to learn about what other organizations are doing around the country.”
Upon completion of the two-week program, graduates are awarded an Economic Development Master Practitioner diploma from the partner universities. The final week of the course will be held in mid-May 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas.
For more information about the Advanced Economic Development Leadership program, visit https://advancedeconomicdevelopmentleadership.com.