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EDB Retention and Expansion Course Scheduled for August

07/31/2013 10:36 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Executive Education will offer a business retention and expansion course for economic development Aug. 13-14, at the Business Education Complex at LSU. This is a core course in the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer certification series.

According to LSU Executive Education Director Robin Kistler, the Business Retention and Expansion Course is focused on emphasizing the importance of business retention and expansion in job creation in local and regional economies.

Students will learn how to assess a community’s business environment, what the current business climate issues in Louisiana are, the emerging trends and best practices in business retention and expansion on a national and international level, how to conduct effective BRE surveys and company visits, how to deal with a plant closure, BRE issues in core Louisiana industries and how to budget and staff a BRE program.

Registration for the course can be completed online at or by clicking here. More information can be found at

“Business retention and expansion is the engine that drives a healthy economy,” Kistler said. “This course is dedicated to making sure participants understand how to build or improve upon BRE programs.”

The CLED program is presented by LSU Executive Education in conjunction with Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association. The program is sponsored by Southwestern Electric Power Company.

For 50 years, LSU Executive Education, part of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute at the E. J. Ourso College of Business, has prepared individuals and organizations to meet the challenges of a changing workplace and economy. Focusing on professional development in leadership and business, Executive Education partners with organizations who believe the key to sustainability is investing in their most valuable resource – people. Visit for more information about non-credit and non-degree programs.

E. J. Ourso College of Business