The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) kicked off the second round of Local Official Academies at Northern Michigan University in Marquette today.
The Local Official Academies serve as an intensive “boot camp” to educate local officials about effective state and local economic development strategies.The progressive goal of the academies is to target community leaders who will most likely be the future leaders of Michigan.Five academies are planned at locations across the state.
“We recognize that many of these local officials will likely be the next state senator or representative for their region,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“The academies allow us to educate these leaders now on how to effectively use the economic development tools available.”
The educational content of the academies will be delivered by some of the MEDC’s most experienced senior executives.The topics include a general overview of the MEDC, how to best use economic development tools in each region and an update on the marketing efforts of the MEDC.
Last year’s academies were such an overwhelming success that the MEDC decided to launch another round in 2002.This year’s academies are expected to draw about 250 officials.Pre-registration is required to attend the academies.
The regional Local Official Academies will be held as follows:
· March 11, Marquette, Northern Michigan University
· April 2, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Valley Community College M-TEC
· April 9, Auburn Hills, Oakland Community College M-TEC
· April 17, Mt. Pleasant, Central Michigan University
· April 24, Southgate, Southgate Holiday Inn
For registration information on the Local Official Academies, please contact Sally Rushton at 517.241.1323.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.