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Posted on: April 9, 2019

CIEDA Staff Member Attends Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course

Kara Lenard, of Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority, recently completed the Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course offered through Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives (AEDCE). She joined thirty-seven other participants from 4 different states in the four-day April program.  Offered annually in the spring, the Mid-South Basic Course provides an intensive overview of the process and practice of local economic development.  It features over thirty instructors who are recognized experts in their fields.  It is one of twenty-five such courses accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

According to Shelley Short, Course Director, “Kara Lenard was an outstanding participant in this year’s course and shows tremendous potential as a player in the economic development process.  Kara Lenard contributed to the overall success of the course and by completing the course, she is better prepared to assist efforts to foster community and economic development.” 

Kara Lenard’s completion of the course now qualifies her to attend a series of advanced training courses, ultimately leading to eligibility for designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).

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