Leading Economically Competitive and Resilient Communities Training Program

Effective local leadership is crucial to economic development, disaster resilience, and economic recovery activities in Delta communities. Elected officials are uniquely positioned to coordinate public resources and agencies in their communities to support job creation, act as an effective bridge between the public and private sectors, respond to disasters, and help businesses recover in the event of an economic or natural disaster. 

In partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Delta Regional Authority presents this series of intensive two-day courses focused on cutting edge economic development and disaster recovery strategies to enhance the effectiveness of local elected officials, economic development practitioners, and other community leaders in the Delta region.

17 training sessions will be held between February 27 and September 15, 2017 in the eight states of the Mississippi River Delta Region. These intensive boot-camp courses will help prepare local elected officials, community leaders, and economic development practitioners to support economic development and disaster resilience activities in their communities. Each workshop will consist of a two-day training that covers either course Module A: Basic Economic Development Strategies, course Module B: Economic Resilience and Disaster Recovery, or course Module C: Advanced Economic Development Strategies. The course offerings require no prerequisites and participants are encouraged to attend any of the training courses listed below.  


2017 Workshops

To register for any of the events below, click here.

State Date Location Workshop Type  
ALABAMA April 17-18 Phenix City Economic Resilience and Disaster Recovery  
  April 20-21 Evergreen Basic Economic Development Strategies  
ARKANSAS August 7-8 Pine Bluff Advanced Economic Development Strategies  
  August 10-11 Searcy Basic Economic Development Strategies  
ILLINOIS February 27-28 Carbondale Economic Resilience and Disaster Recovery  
  August 28-29 Marion Basic Economic Development Strategies  
KENTUCKY June 26-27 Henderson Basic Economic Development Strategies  
  June 29-30 Madisonville Economic Resilience and Disaster Recovery  
LOUISIANA May 8-9 Pineville Basic Economic Development Strategies  
  May 11-12 Ruston Basic Economic Development Strategies  
  July 6-7 St. John the Baptist Parish Basic Economic Development Strategies  
MISSISSIPPI June 8-9 Oxford Advanced Economic Development Strategies  
  June 12-13 Clarksdale Basic Economic Development Strategies  
MISSOURI March 2-3 Poplar Bluff Basic Economic Development Strategies  
  Aug. 31 - Sep. 1 Cape Girardeau Advanced Economic Development Strategies  
TENNESSEE May 22-23 Germantown Basic Economic Development Strategies  
  July 17-18 Jackson Advanced Economic Development Strategies  
  July 20-21 Covington Economic Resilience and Disaster Recovery  

*Each day's programming will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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Workshops are free and lunch will be provided.


Course Content

These intensive boot-camp courses will help prepare local elected officials, community leaders, and economic development leadership to support economic development and disaster recovery activities in their communities.  

Module A: Basic Economic Development Strategies

  • The role of elected leaders in economic development; how public policy can make or break economic development efforts; key trends in economic development
  • Strategic planning for economic development
  • Business retention and expansion
  • Industry targets and cluster analysis
  • Connections between economic development and public policy
  • Local and regional economic development stakeholders and partners
  • State and Federal programs to assist in local economic development efforts
  • Understanding key economic indicators and metrics in evaluating economic development performance
  • Marketing and attraction: your community’s economic development message; what makes a location competitive; key marketing techniques; strategic incentives; foreign direct investment
  • Encouraging small business and nurturing entrepreneurship and community ecosystems
  • The focus on jobs and facilitating workforce development

Module B: Economic Resilience and Disaster Recovery

  • Disaster preparation measures and building capacity for recovery
  • Strategic planning for disaster recovery
  • Proactive disaster risk management
  • Business assistance after a crisis
  • Maximizing response speed and effectiveness
  • Alignment with Federal government response measures
  • Working with emergency management, law enforcement, and fire protection entities
  • Small business assistance and industry recovery
  • Business retention and expansion before and after a disaster
  • Assessing the economic impacts of a major disaster
  • Crisis communications
  • Federal resources for disaster planning and mitigation
  • Infrastructure and building back better communities
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Economic diversification

Module C: Advanced Economic Development Strategies

  • Community leadership from locations hosting Module C will be surveyed to determine course content.

 


For questions regarding registration and programming, please contact Alex Holland at aholland@dra.gov or (202) 434-4847.