UT Center for Industrial Services Certifies New Economic Developers

TCED Class 2021

April 19, 2021

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) recently graduated the 13th class through its Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program.  This cohort brings the total number of Tennessee certified economic developers to 77.

Graduation was held at the new IPS Training Center in Nashville. During the session, the graduates presented their Capstone Projects, the final requirement for certification. TCED candidates completed a week-long Basic Economic Development Course in addition to a series of six core courses pertinent to economic and community development. The TCED Program gives participants a broad-based knowledge of economic trends, tools and core components required to compete in today’s global economy.

The Spring TCED graduates are:

  • Rosemary Bates, special projects director, Gallatin Economic Development Agency
  • Kalee Harryman, assistant director, Industrial Board of Coffee County
  • Richard Kirkland, commissioner, Monroe County
  • Jennifer Perryman, executive director, Savannah Industrial Development Corporation

 “All of our Tennessee certified economic developers made a serious commitment to achieve this designation,” said Kim Denton, director of the TCED Program.  “They now will be able to use this in-depth knowledge to benefit their communities and regions.”

New graduates will be invited to join the TCED Alumni Group, which provides continuing education and networking opportunities several times throughout the year.

Contact: Kim Denton, TCEcD, CIS, (865) 974-8464 or kim.denton@tennessee.edu

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