National Economic Development Week

National Economic Development Week

The UT Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) is marking National Economic Development Week from May 4-9, 2020 to celebrate the contributions of positive economic development and explain the role of the profession in our local community, including stewardship of:

  • Policies that government undertakes to meet broad economic objectives including inflation control, high employment, and sustainable growth.
  • Policies and programs to provide services such as building highways, managing parks, and providing medical access to the disadvantaged.
  • Policies and programs explicitly directed at improving the business climate through specific efforts, business finance, marketing, neighborhood development, business retention and expansion, technology transfer, real estate development and others.

UT CIS typically hosts the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) during National Economic Development Week, but the course has been rescheduled for August 24-27 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. TBEDC is just one course in the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) program curriculum. 

"National Economic Development Week is important because it recognizes the valuable work done by economic and community development leaders on behalf of their communities," says Kim K. Denton, TCED director at UT CIS.

Now in its fifth year, National Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council, the largest professional membership organization for economic developers, in 2016 to recognize the unique role that economic development has in creating vibrant communities with strong economies.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council is the leading international association for professional economic developers. IEDC supports the work of more than 5,000 economic developers to create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, universities and a variety of other institutions.

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