LEE COUNTY – Dennis Fraise, President and CEO of Lee County Economic Development Group recently completed the two-week Advanced Economic Development Leadership executive education program and was awarded the Master Economic Development Practitioner (MEDP) certificate from the four AEDL partner universities.
AEDL is a collaboration of Clemson University, The University of Southern Mississippi, Texas Christian University, and the University of New Mexico. These four universities are committed to excellence in economic development and advancing the knowledge, skills, and application of key job creation strategies in America’s cities, communities, and counties.
“The AEDL program was challenging and a real opportunity to learn from some of the best economic developers in the United States. We were challenged by the faculty to think strategically, creatively, and to challenge the conventional ways of doing economic development,” Fraise said.
AEDL is an immersive and challenging program with an experiential curriculum that enhances key skills necessary for leading successful community and economic development strategies. Led by an experienced world-class faculty, AEDL program topics include negotiation strategies; retail and commercial development; personal/professional development; navigating the new normal in the world of COVID; communications and media relations; marketing in a social media environment; strategic planning & application; successful teamwork; attracting new industry and entrepreneurship.
This intense professional development program accepts mid and senior-level economic development practitioners from across the U.S. Find out more about AEDL here.