Nine statewide economic developers recently received the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) designation from the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. The TCED program provides training, continuing education and professional development opportunities to Tennessee’s economic and community development practitioners and community leaders.
TCED is tailored to give participants a broad-based knowledge of economic opportunities and trends, core economic development components and tools required to compete in today’s global economy, with a focus on economic development in Tennessee. The program offers a series of economic development courses in locations across the state. Courses include the week-long Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course and six additional courses such as Marketing and Attraction, Business Retention and Expansion, Strategic Planning and Finance.
The newly certified economic developers are: Jody Bauer of Spring City; Shelia Dellinger of Bolivar; Misty DePriest of Nashville; Mark Farley of Cookeville; Bryan Hall of Madisonville; Miriam Hamilton of Chattanooga; Allen Pitner of Shelbyville; Jody Sliger of Nashville and David Taylor of Pigeon Forge.
In addition to the required course work, participants complete a Capstone Project that includes a paper and presentation which applies knowledge gained throughout the program, as well as practical application.
“All of our certified economic developers made a serious commitment to achieve this designation,” said Kim Denton, director of the TCED program. “They now will be able to use this in-depth knowledge to benefit their communities and regions.”