Colby, Kansas — Vernon Hurd, Executive Director of the Thomas County Economic Development Alliance, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute on October 24, 2019 at the OU EDI Fall session held in Denver, Colorado.
OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional. “OU EDI is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals,” says Mary Ann Moon, Dean of the Institute. “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 has provided a breadth and depth of knowledge that has already proven invaluable as an economic development practitioner,” Mr. Hurd said. “Completion of this program would not have been possible without the support of my board in allowing me the time to complete my studies and travel to the Institute. I am also grateful to the partners who provided scholarships, without which the program would have been financially unattainable.” Hurd was the recipient of scholarships from the Kansas Economic Development Alliance and Midwest Energy.
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 to 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 (IEDC), the program has certified more than 5,500 professionals and remains the world’s leading economic development teacher.
For more information about the OU Economic Development Institute, its courses and internationally recognized certificate program, please contact 405-325-3136 or [email protected].