TN Workforce Development

TCED Workforce Development UT CIS

Workforce and talent development are the top challenges in economic development today. The Tennessee Workforce Development Course is a hands on course covering pertinent topics and trends such as the widening skills gap, the multigenerational workforce, the changing nature of the workplace and the importance of collaboration among allies. 

The course is designed to help economic development practitioners, government officials and other community leaders at state, regional and local levels understand best practices, available resources and partnership approaches to building a competitive workforce.

The class is one of a series of economic development courses, provided by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS), designed to share best practices and trends with Tennessee’s economic development practitioners, private industry leaders, community leaders, and elected officials.​

Date and Location:

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 14-15, 2018
Chattanooga, TN  |   Chattanooga Marriott Downtown

Course Agenda:

Course Fee:

Early Registration: $345 before August 7, 2018
Regular Registration: $395 after August 7, 2018
The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses. Registration is limited to 35 participants and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Times:

  • On-site check-in: 9:30 AM
  • Day 1: August 14 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (lunch will be provided)
  • Day 2: August 15 at 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (lunch will not be provided)

How to Register:

If you don't remember the email address you created your account with, please contact Carol Jones, 615-253-6371

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 UTCIS course.

Hotel Accommodations :

Chattanooga Marriott Downtown
2 Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, TN  37409
Click here for Hotel Registration Link

This link and rate code is only available for class attendees. If this link and special rate is used by someone outside of the class, the reservation will be cancelled and a fee will be applied to the credit card used to book the reservation. 


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

Scholarships cover $270 of the $345 course tuition cost, and do not include hotel, travel or meals. 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 August 1, 2018 to be considered for a scholarship.

Dress Code:

The attire for the course is business casual.

Other TCED Economic Development Courses:



Mo Collins

Mo Collins is a New Economy specialist with expertise in workforce development, technology innovation and entrepreneurship. She speaks throughout the United States and Canada.

Collins served in progressive, senior-level roles at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) between 1997 and 2014. She raised more than $1M annually to support a wide array of outreach programs serving business and industry.

Many of these innovative programs have been scaled and licensed outside of Iowa, earning personal and professional awards from the International Economic Development Council (2014), the University Economic Development Association (2010, 2014), the Technology Association of Iowa, the Midwest Economic Development Council and Association of Small Business Development Centers (2010, 2012).

Collins speaks regularly throughout the United States and Canada. Since 2010, she has trained and published for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development institute (EDI) and a number of universities. She is a top tier trainer with these organizations, providing insight and bold approaches to solving tough problems in economic and community development.

Mo Collins UT CIS