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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.

Workforce Development

When conducting surveys of C-level executives, often thru economic development practitioners' Business Retention & Expansion visits, almost without exception they mention their greatest challenge is finding and maintaining a top notch workforce.  This course explains the essential relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Course participants will learn what programs currently leverage federal, state/provincial, and local financial resources to support workforce development.  The course will also discuss specifics of the Workforce Innovation for a Stronger Economy, or WISE, program passed in the 2014 legislative session.  Participants will also learn about the systems created that developed the nation's number one state run workforce development program, Louisiana FastStart.*

*FastStart has been number one seven years in a row, as of 2017.


Course Highlights:

The core components of the workforce development system and its essential role in economic development
• Understanding occupational data analysis
• Assessing qualifications, skills and abilities of current workforce
• Recruitment and retention of a skilled labor force
• The role of higher education in workforce and economic development
• New alliances, new models, federal funding and best practices in regional & local initiatives

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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