Eight graduates presented their Capstone Projects and earned the designation of Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCEcD) recently in Nashville.
The recent graduates are: Leanne Cox, site development director with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD); Stacey Kidd, executive director of the Industrial Development Board of Scott County; Greg Newman, assistant to the mayor of Tellico Plains; Amanda Paschall, extension agent in Benton County; Kathryne Ogrod, realtor with Coldwell Banker Wallace and Wallace in Knoxville; Gwen Shelton, vice mayor of Fayetteville; Barrett Stevens, mayor of Bolivar; and Nancy Williams, community development program director with ECD.
TCED, a program of The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service Center for Industrial Services, provides high quality training, continuing education and professional development opportunities to Tennessee’s economic and community development practitioners and community leaders. The program offers participants a broad-based knowledge of economic opportunities and trends, core components, and tools required to compete in today’s global economy, with a focus on economic development in Tennessee.
Upon completion of the TCED course curricula and certification requirements, participants receive the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer designation, indicating that they have developed core competency in the principles and practices of economic development in Tennessee.
“All of our Tennessee certified economic developers made a serious commitment to achieve this designation,” said Kim Denton, director of the TCED program. “They now will be able to use this in-depth knowledge to benefit their communities and regions.”
This cohort made up the sixth graduating class for the TCED Program, bringing the total to 37 program graduates.
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