Michael Talley and Madison Clark Graduate from the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) Program

Michael Talley and Madison Clark recently completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership executive education program and were awarded the Economic Development Master Practitioner (EcDMP) certificate. Michael has been in economic development for years, and Madison has been in the industry for 11 years.

Madison said Participating in the AEDL Program was a true honor. Being around thought leaders in the economic development profession and gleaning from the instructors with diverse experiences will aid in the difference I can make in my community to benefit all individuals. I am immensely thankful for this opportunity.”

“These universities have put together a great program through speakers, case studies, debate, exercises and team oriented sessions. I highly recommend it if you’re in the industry,” said Michael Talley. 

AEDL is a collaboration of four universities – Valdosta State 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.

It is an immersive and challenging program. The experiential curriculum enhances key skills necessary for leading successful community and economic development strategies. Led by experienced world-class faculty, program topics include negotiation; retail and commercial development; personal and professional leadership; navigating the new normal in the world of COVID; communications and media relations; marketing in a social media environment; strategic planning and application; successful teamwork; attracting new industry and entrepreneurship.

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