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The Ohio Economic Development Association last week announced creation of the Ohio Economic Development Institute to meet the specific needs of development professionals throughout the Buckeye State.

The association has partnered with Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs to develop the curriculum and courses, which are financially supported by JobsOhio.

The institute programming is aimed particularly at intermediate and advanced-level economic development professionals, according to a press release announcing the development.

"Unlike other training programs, the Institute will focus on the specific needs of Ohio communities," OEDA board President Paul Brehm said in a prepared statement. "An outstanding faculty, comprised of experienced and accomplished economic development professionals, will provide attendees with real world solutions to the challenges they face."

Brehm, Forest Park economic development director, characterized the partnership as unique, noting it distinguishes the institute from other professional development programs.

The curriculum, designed to prepare professionals to compete in state and global economic environment, serves as the pathway for achieving the Ohio Certified Economic Developer credential, or Ohio CED.

Each core course is an intensive, two-day program with the first course slated for instruction in March. The core courses are:

Real Estate Development,

Site Selection and Site Development,

Finance and Incentives,

Retention and Expansion.

"The interactive delivery model, rather than traditional lecture-style, helps ensure participants leave with immediately applicable knowledge," said the Voinovich School's MPA program Director Jason Jolley. "Each course is designed to take advantage of the teaching technique that is most effective given the course content.

"Some courses include expert panels and guest speakers while others include more small group activities and project work."

He said the program builds upon the school's content knowledge in applied economic development and practical approach to education.

"Economic development expertise at the local level is essential to Ohio's model of attracting jobs and investment," JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor said. "Our financial assistance to the program will help bolster partnerships statewide and provide a platform for economic development professionals across the state to further refine their skill sets."

Brehm concluded that efforts, such as development of the institute, ensures Ohio's part in future economic success.

"The Ohio Economic Development Institute will provide these leaders with the training and connections they need to stay ahead of the curve, create measurable results, and ultimately strengthen their communities," he said. "Working together, we can improve Ohio's competitive position in the global economy."

Association membership gathered in Dublin last week for its annual summit conference.

KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

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