Godwin Tayese Apaliyah, Fayette County Economic Development Director, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute on May 5 at the OU EDI Spring session held in San Antonio, Texas.
OU EDI is an intensive week long, three-tier program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional.
“As the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals, I am very pleased with this year’s graduates,” said OU EDI Dean Peter Abramo. “They represent some of the finest economic development practitioners in the U.S. working to support their local communities. My congratulations to them.”
OU EDI classes focus on three major core areas including: business retention and expansion, real estate, and finance, as well as areas of concentration in marketing, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, and managing economic development organizations. Students complete 117 hours of instruction with curriculum selected from more than 50 seminars, workshops and discussion groups.
Beginning in 1962, OU EDI is celebrating its 53rd year of service to the economic development community. Fully accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the program has trained over 4,000 graduates and remains the world’s leading economic development teacher.