The Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program

The program goal: to enhance and expand the skills base of today's economic development professionals. A unique program sponsored by four leading universities–The University of Alabama, Clemson, TCU and Southern Mississippi–all working together to deliver the most dynamic, hands-on training program for economic developers.

Week one: November 4-7, 2019
Kauffman Conference Center
Kansas City, MO

Week two: May 18-22, 2020
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX

Who Should Attend? 

Advanced training for today's mid and senior economic developers.

What You Will Learn

The partner universities have developed core classes and curriculum that specifically address the demands of our complex and important industry. We utilize experienced faculty and industry practitioners to present leading-edge strategies and techniques necessary in the competitive and evolving world of job creation. Areas of focus include leadership, innovation, project management, negotiation, global challenges, modern technology, data, communication/media training and more.

How You Will Benefit

Hands-on learning sets AEDL apart with the foundation of the advanced program based on contemporary economic development issues taught through an experiential, hands-on approach. With limited lectures, the Advanced program immerses participants in a collaborative, team-centric approach that fosters learning through active exploration, debate and involvement. AEDL participants learn as much from interaction with fellow professionals as they do from faculty.

Program Advantages

  • Alliance of four major institutions of higher learning
  • Experienced and expert faculty – site consultants, experienced EcD professionals, academic and subject experts
  • Dynamic curriculum designed to meet the challenges of competitive EcD
  • Innovative hands-on, collaborative teaching sessions
  • Smaller class size to ensure active learning (40 people per session)
  • Convenient two-week program—divided into separate weeks

Faculty Leaders

John Osborne
President/CEO
Lubbock Texas Economic Development Alliance

Through years of local economic development experience, veteran leader John Osborne is known for his efficient and effective organization, his focus on selecting, mentoring and growing staff for advancement in and outside the agency and his organization’s “non-negotiable core values.” John is uniquely qualified to lead the session “The Local Agency: Yellow Cab or Uber? How Your Values Create an Agency of Change Operating on All Eight Cylinders”

Dr. Abbie Shipp
Associate Professor of Management
Texas Christian University

  

With the first week of AEDL focused a lot on professional and personal leadership, Abbie will facilitate the workshop session “Influencing Change for Economic Success.” At TCU, Abbie teaches classes on employee management and leadership with special emphasis on critical thinking initiatives for faculty and students. In addition to academia, she has practical business experience having worked at The Boeing Company and TV Guide prior to teaching stints at Texas A&M, the University of North Carolina and Oklahoma State University.

Robert Hess
Executive Managing Director, Consulting
Newmark Knight Frank's Global Corporate Services

As a preeminent, sought-after service provider and respected leader in corporate location strategy and site selection, Bob has conducted over 250 assignments around the world. In the Advanced program, Bob coordinates teaching and project competition exercises during the second week.

Hartley Powell
Director
South Carolina's Department of Revenue

  

Recently retired from KPMG as National Practice Leader of the Global Location and Expansion Services practice, Hartley was appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in 2017 as the state’s Director of the Department of Revenue. Hartley’s passion is education, having served as chairman of ACT’s National Workforce Solution Advisory Board. Hartley will lead the “Talent is Today’s Currency” session during the first week.

Dr. Bill Smith
Economic Development and Marketing Departments Professor Emeritus
University of Southern Mississippi

  

Well known and loved by graduates from USM's Economic Development Master's program, Bill will lead the session “Evolving Job Creation Strategies: Thinking Five Years from Now.” Bill stresses application and believes in the ‘back to basics’ approach to improve marketing performance.

David Rumbarger
President/CEO
Community Development Foundation, Tupelo/Lee County, Mississippi

With 16 years leading Tupelo (a somewhat Mississippi rural area) to exceptional growth, David has learned unique lessons about leadership in a complex, regional environment. Employing professional and personal lessons, David teaches the session “Leadership in the New Age of Economic Development.” He also serves as mentor-in-residence for those who want to explore leadership lesson applications in their individual situations.

Clark Gillespy
Senior Vice President - Economic Development
Duke Energy

  

With twenty-five years economic development and site selection experience in the U.S. and Europe, Clark is imminently qualified to lead “The World is Flat: International FDI and Trade in this Changing World” session. His Duke Energy team is responsible for identifying and attracting new and expanding industry to their 7-state service area.

Alex Leath
Partner
Bradley Law Firm

One of the nation’s foremost experts on project financing and incentives, Alex lead’s the session “Project Financing Options – Outside the Box Thinking.” In addition to a thriving economic development legal practice, Alex has been and is involved in some of the country’s major site location project—Volkswagen, Tesla and Amazon HQ2.

Dr. Shannon Campbell
Director
Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, The University of Southern Mississippi

  

With local economic development private-sector and university broad-based experience, Shannon leads the “Strategic Planning: Lessons from Class Plans or the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” session. As a dean, manufacturing expert and long-time entrepreneur, Shannon’s experience, coupled with actual class strategic plans, make for an unpredictable but informative session.

Dr. Rita Kosnik
Professor
Management and Negotiations, Texas Christian University

  

With an extensive background in negotiation strategies, Rita leads the “Effective Negotiation Strategies” session. She has won several awards for excellence in executive teaching and is a trained mediator for the State of Texas and a corporate trainer in dispute resolution and negotiations.

Dr. Alexa Chilcutt
Director of Public Speaking
The University of Alabama

Woven into the Advanced program is an interactive session on public speaking and communications. Alexa and Adam are experts in public speaking and lead the class through an effective communications session featuring class presentations and analysis. Public speaking and presentations are central to today’s successful professional and the Advanced course focuses on delivery, mass communication and rhetoric.

Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks
Assistant Director of Public Speaking
The University of Alabama

  

Woven into the Advanced program is an interactive session on public speaking and communications. Alexa and Adam are experts in public speaking and lead the class through an effective communications session featuring class presentations and analysis. Public speaking and presentations are central to today’s successful professional and the Advanced course focuses on delivery, mass communication and rhetoric.

Ken Haseley
Senior Counselor
The Ammerman Experience

Media relations and effective communications with the media are essential in today’s economic development environment. With Sunshine laws and media transparency, the professional must be able to converse in an effective and understandable format. Ken will lead a half-day interactive media training session.

Karl Kelly
Director of Operations
Center for Human Genetics, Clemson University

  

As a successful entrepreneur, professor, consultant and innovation guru, Karl combines his thirty-five years’ experience to teach a class-book session that examines the impact advanced technology and artificial intelligence has on today’s and future job creation.

Dr. Ed Nichols
Certified Emergenetics
ERI Services Associate

  

Ed’s energetic and engaging opening session focuses on the class’ individual personality and professional traits and how to use them in economic development. Emergenetics is a leadership, planning and communications tool used in twenty-two countries. Ed’s engaging approach has everyone in the class asking for more.

Please contact:

Kalyn McKittrick

Director of Marketing and Engagement 
k.mckittrick@tcu.edu
817-257-4689