Laurens County Development Corporation Executive Director Jonathan Coleman and Assistant Director Lynn Finley graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute on October 24, 2019 at the OU EDI Fall session held in Denver, Colo.
OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional.
Mary Ann Moon, Dean, said, “OU EDI is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals. These graduates represent some of the finest economic development practitioners in the U.S. working to support their local communities. My congratulations to them.”
OU EDI classes focus on three major core areas including: Business Retention and Expansion, Real Estate, and Credit Analysis, as well as areas of concentration in Marketing, Strategic Planning, Entrepreneurship, and Managing Economic Development Organizations. Students typically take 1-2 years to complete the program through a series of intensive in-person or online courses.
OU EDI began in 1962 and is celebrating its 57th year of service to the economic development community. Fully accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the program has certified more than 5,500 professionals and remains the world’s leading economic development teacher.