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Economic Development Skills

Certified Louisiana Economic Developer

Learn best practices in economic development to grow business, jobs, and capital investment in your community!

Economic Development Training....

with emphasis on Louisiana's assets, laws, incentives, workforce.

Shaping Business Climate via Initiatives in
Public Policy and Incentives 


Course Highlights:

Geographic location, transportation infrastructure, and wage rates are critical factors in investors’ location decisions but typically are beyond the direct influence of economic development organizations.   A community’s business climate, however, is a location factor where economic developers can have significant influence on business investors.  Economic developers who understand the political and economic issues in public policy and know how to communicate effectively to legislators and public officials can have a major impact on improving the business climate in their communities.  


This course will inform economic developers in Louisiana on the economic and political debates on business climate issues such as taxes, regulation and incentives and will then provide opportunities to improve individual’s skills in communicating policy positions to the electronic and print media and in mobilizing business community participation in support of these policies.

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Location: Southeast Louisiana Business Center - 1514 Martens Drive - Hammond, LA 70401


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:00 AM - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 4:00 PM


Registration Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2018 11:59 PM


Early Registration - LIDEA Members $200 June 22 – August 16

Early Registration - Non Members    $250 June 22 – August 16


Regular Registration - LIDEA Members $250 August 17 – September 14 (or after 30 registrations)

Regular Registration - Non Members   $300 August 17 – September 14  (or after 30 registrations) 

About LIDEA                                         Program Sponsors

The Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) is a non-profit trade organization whose mission is to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Louisiana through education, public policy advocacy, and collaboration; LIDEA is the voice of the profession in Louisiana. 

LIDEA started the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer program in 2008 to help practitioners become the best in the nation at growing economies in their communities. 

Our partners include LED (Louisiana Economic Development), USDA Rural Development and the Delta Regional Authority.  We are able to offer affordable, best in nation training due to their generous support!

We also enjoy generous support from AEP (American Electric Power) and GNO, Inc (Greater New Orleans, Inc.), who have both been supporters of helping community leaders learn economic development best practices for many years!

Economic Development Training Sponsors
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