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First MEDC Economic Leaders Forum to be hosted at Delta State April 13-14

By April 6, 2022Community, Press Releases

CLEVELAND, Miss.—Delta State University is set to host the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s first Economic Leaders Forums April 13-14 in Cleveland.

The training is one of five forums planned and will provide relevant and timely learning opportunities for elected officials and community partners responsible for community and economic development at the local level.

This forum will be held at the Baioni Conference Center, located on Delta State’s campus. MEDC will also present the forum at the University of Southern Mississippi on April 27-28, the Jackson State University on May 4-5, the University of Mississippi on May 18-19 and Mississippi State University on June 9-10. Registration is open for all five of the forums at

“MEDC is excited to partner with local universities and economic developers to offer strong economic development learning opportunities in five centrally located places across the state,” said MEDC Executive Director Gwen Howard. “Economic development is a team sport and it is our role to ensure all supporting partners are equipped with the knowledge they need to help Mississippi recruit and retain high-quality careers so we continue on a path to economic prosperity.”

The forum will cover a wide range of topics and provide the fundamentals of economic and community development, featuring regional area economic and community development experts, as well as professionals from state-wide organizations.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the local government’s role in economic development, infrastructure and site development, business retention and expansion, downtown revitalizations, entrepreneurship-led economic development, economic development marketing and attraction, talent attraction and retention, economic development and finance, as well as the American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The program is recognized by the Mississippi Municipal League as 4 hours of Certified Municipal Officials Program and by the International Economic Development Council as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers.

The forum is an inaugural event and will be held every other year.

MEDC is a professional association of economic development, chambers and associated stakeholders who work together to advance the profession and to advance economic development efforts in Mississippi through advocacy, collaboration, education and by providing resources to its members. MEDC is the voice of the economic development profession in the state.

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