TN Managing Economic ​Development Course

The Tennessee Managing Economic Development Course is a one-and-a-half-day course that focuses on building an effective economic development organization at local, state and regional levels. Topics include examining organizational models, measuring performance, management approaches, roles of key leaders, stakeholder relations, navigating the political environment, board management, media relations, communications strategies and strategic planning.

This course is one of a series provided by UT Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) designed to share best practices and trends with Tennessee’s economic development practitioners, private industry leaders, community leaders and elected officials.​

Date and Location:

June 24 - 25, 2020  | This course will be presented online

Course Agenda:​

2020 Agenda

Course Fee:

Registration $300 | Registration deadline: June 17, 2020

The registration fee covers course materials and instruction. Registration is limited to 35 participants and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Course Times:

Day 1: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
Day 2: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM EDT

How to Register:

If you need assistance accessing your account, please contact Carol Jones at 615-253-6371 or

You may also register by submitting a Course Registration Form by email. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Payment needs to reach our office two weeks prior to the class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations one week or less prior to the first date of class, but credit may be applied towards another UT CIS course.


A limited number of scholarships are available to course participants from Tennessee. Applications for scholarships can be downloaded here Scholarship Application.

Scholarships cover $225 of the $300 course tuition cost. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay $75 of the tuition cost, which will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course. Applications must be received by June 1, 2020 to be considered for a scholarship.

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Instructors & Speakers:

G.C. Hixson, CEcD, Executive Director, Wilson County JECDB

Joe Barker, Executive Director, SW Tennessee Development District

Macel Ely, EdD, Executive Director, UT Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership

Cynthia Moxley, CEO, Moxley Carmichael

Kathy Price, CEcD, Executive Director, McMinn County EDA

Stephanie Watkins, TCEcD, SEIDA Program Director, SE Tennessee Development District

Charles Wood, CEcD, VP Economic Development, Chattanooga Chamber