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UNC School of Government

Basic Economic Development

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This four-day introductory course is designed for economic development professionals employed by public, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals new to the field. It is also appropriate for more experienced professionals seeking to update their knowledge and skills. The course is a comprehensive educational experience that integrates theoretical and practical perspectives and provides participants with the foundation needed to organize, plan, and implement economic development programs. Expert instructors will cover trends, strategies, and the core tools of the trade. The course is officially accredited by the International Economic Development Council and counts toward the CEcD certification.

### Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles

  • City and County Managers
  • Community and Economic Development Professionals
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Planning and Zoning Professionals

Topics - Local and State Government

  • Community and Economic Development
  • Leadership and Management

Who should attend

Economic development professionals employed by public, civic, or private development agencies and individuals new to the field.


Jonathan Morgan joined the School of Government in 2003. Prior to that, he worked for Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., an economic and workforce development consulting firm located in Carrboro-Chapel Hill. He has also served as director of economic policy and research for the NC Department o...


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