RSCC’s Harris completes economic development course

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Kim Harris, placement director with Roane State Community College, was one of 46 economic development professionals from Tennessee and other states who recently completed the seventh annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course in Nashville.

“The interest, engagement and knowledge of the participants made this truly a unique experience,” said Erin Ketelle, course and Tennessee Certified Economic Developer director.

This week-long course is one of the eight economic development courses offered by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.

It is considered the cornerstone of the economic developer professional certification program.

The course also is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

Harris and others attending the course were taught best practices in economic and community development, and new methods and programs to promote job growth and investment.

They discussed emerging trends and factors that shape both local and regional economics.

Class participants came from diverse jobs and included chamber of commerce and economic and community development organization professionals, elected and appointed officials, state government agency staff, community planners, airport authority personnel, bankers, business leaders and real estate developers.

Over the course of the week, the class heard presentations from more than 30 expert practitioners in many specialties of economic development.

Case studies, group work, class discussions and after-class activities gave participants opportunities to create a broad network across Tennessee.

Contact Ketelle at erin.ketelle@tennessee.edu or 615- 532-4926 for more about economic development training opportunities.