In the economic development profession, the ability to attract new companies as well as retain and grow jobs among existing companies has always been cited as fundamentals of success. This course will examine best practices for successful attraction and recruitment of new companies, current industry sector trends, and emerging industries.

Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program.
This seminar is a day seminar designed for volunteer leaders who wish to have a more in depth understanding of the dynamics of place-based economic development in order to make better choices,evaluate decisions, and set priorities.

Dates and Pricing
Each seminar is tailored to fit the specific needs of the community. Please contact us to discuss options.

Certificate Programs

Offered in partnership with the North Carolina Economic Development Association, the certification program provides practical knowledge concerning the practice of economic development in North Carolina to economic development personnel, elected officials, business leaders and others interested in the field.Certification Requirements:Participants who wish to earn the certification must complete seven (7) courses and a capstone project for a total of 84 contact hours. While successfully completing the course of study will lead to the North Carolina Certified Economic Developer designation, courses may be taken as desired without formal matriculation in the certification program. More information can be found on our website: