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LSU Partners with LED on Economic Development Certification

10/06/2011 03:25 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is partnering with Louisiana Economic Development, or LED, to provide LSU’s Economic Development Certification Program. LSU Executive Education will administer the initiative as one of its open enrollment programs, similar to the longstanding Executive Development Program.


According to LSU Executive Education, the two-year program is designed for economic development professionals, chamber of commerce staff, elected officials, local civic leaders and other business professionals interested in economic development. The Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, or LIDEA, will continue to advise the program in its capacity as the state’s professional association for economic development. LIDEA will work on curriculum development with David Kolzow, who continues as program dean.


With more than three decades of experience as an economic development executive and professor, Kolzow has shaped the field in many ways, developing professional training programs in multiple states and publishing such works as his seminal book, “Strategic Planning for Economic Development.”


The International Economic Development Council certifies the program’s basic course. Program courses are offered multiple times a year on the South Campus of LSU, with the upcoming schedule as follows:

  • Nov. 8-9: Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer Development
  • Feb. 7-10: Louisiana Basic Economic Development
  • May 8-9: Marketing and Attraction
  • Aug. 21-22: Strategic Planning
  • Oct. 2-3: Finance


LED Secretary Stephen Moret called the partnership with LSU a strong move to grow the professional certification program.


“We’re thrilled that LSU will help guide our state’s economic development certification program,” Moret said. “Gaining the resources of a major research institution and the visibility of Louisiana’s flagship university provides a permanent boost for professional training in this vital field. In particular, we believe the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute at LSU is uniquely skilled and well-suited to lead this effort.”


“Our partnership with LED in this venture is just another example of the way the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is working to enhance economic development,” said Charles D’Agostino, the institute’s interim executive director. “We are confident that with this program’s new direction, including the participation of LIDEA, we will see more professionals taking advantage of this opportunity.”


For more information about the Louisiana Economic Development Certification program, contact Robin Kistler at or 225-578-1190. To register for the program, visit


The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellows, LSU Executive Education and Social Entrepreneurship to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. A generous donation by LSU alumni Emmet and Toni Stephenson made the continued development of the college’s entrepreneurship institute possible. For more information, visit or call 225-578-0313.


Executive Education at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business has prepared individuals and organizations to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing workplace for nearly 50 years. Highly relevant courses are designed to provide an immediate impact and serve as a resource in determining the best course of action for a business owner to take. For more information, visit or call 225-578-1190.

E. J. Ourso College of Business