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Economic Development Strategic Planning Course Set for August

07/26/2012 01:52 PM

BATON ROUGE – The next course in LSU Executive Education’s Louisiana Economic Development Certification Program, Strategic Planning, is now open for registration. The two-day course will be held Aug. 21–22, at LSU’s Business Education Complex.


According to Executive Education Director Robin Kistler, the Strategic Planning course is open to the public and may also be used as an elective requirement in the Louisiana Economic Development Certification Program. The highly interactive course allows participants to work in small teams to help understand the complexity of strategic planning and its challenges. Topics covered include:

  • The importance of strategic planning in community economic development
  • The similarities and differences between community and organizational strategic plans
  • The elements of an effective strategic plan in economic development
  • Tools for building consensus on community visions and priorities


“Advocates of economic development must build consensus among several different stakeholders in a community to create a unified vision for the future” Kistler said. “This course is designed to help economic development professionals and municipalities lay the blueprint for community growth.”


Registration for the event is $500 per participant. Members of LIDEA and LMA receive a discounted registration fee of $450. Visit for more detailed program information. Registration can be completed at or directly at


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