Basic Economic Development Course Kicks Off LSU Executive Education’s 2013 Slate

01/07/2013 09:41 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Executive Education will offer its Basic Economic Development Course from Jan. 15-18 at the Business Education Complex at LSU. The course is approved by the International Economic Development Council.


According to LSU Executive Education Director Robin Kistler, the Basic Economic Development Course is the cornerstone of the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer, or CLED, certification and offers an introductory look at economic development in North America, with an emphasis on the state of Louisiana. Students will be given an overview of the tools and techniques of modern economic development, including the professional specialties that have formed in the past 20 years.


“The CLED curriculum, specifically the basic course, is designed to give those with an interest in economic development the knowledge and professional network to be successful in bettering the communities in which they live,” Kistler said.


Taught by nationally recognized experts, the course will focus on topics including perspectives and ethics in economic development, workforce development, retail and downtown development, strategic planning, business retention and expansion, finance, target marketing, small business and entrepreneurship, among other relevant topics in the field of economic development.


Anyone interested in registering for the course can do so online at or by visiting More information, including a course schedule, can be found at


Courses scheduled in 2013 for the CLED curriculum include:

  • Real Estate Development and Reuse (Core): May 7-8
  • Business Retention and Expansion (Core): Aug. 13-14
  • Leadership and Management (Elective): Nov. 6-7


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.

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013