Heartland Economic Development Course Provides Intensive Professional Development

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24 Apr 2023


Emily Perry of York County Development Corporation was one of 91 economic development professionals to attend the Heartland Economic Development Course (HEDC) April 17-21, 2023 in Blue Springs, Missouri.  Heartland attendees receive fundamental economic development training on topics ranging from business, retention and expansion, workforce development, real estate development, and entrepreneurship to marketing, finance, ethics, and managing economic development organizations. 

The 2023 HEDC class included representatives from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, trained by nationally recognized faculty from within the profession of economic development. HEDC is coordinated by the Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council. 

“Heartland provides economic developers an opportunity to learn proven skills, techniques and best practices for use in their organizations and home communities.” says Lisa Powell, HEDC Board Chair. “Our goal is to provide a solid foundation upon which each developer can build their base of knowledge and experience.”

The Heartland Economic Development Course is a partnership of the Kansas Economic Development Alliance, Professional Developers of Iowa, Missouri Economic Development Council, Nebraska Economic Developers Association, Select Oklahoma, and the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

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