Record Number to Take Part in UALR Economic Development Course

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will welcome a record number of participants to its annual Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course next week.

The university says the course is at room capacity with 45 participants enrolled. The course is set to begin Monday and run through Thursday, April 3. 

Entering its 11th year, the course aims to provide elected officials, government agency staff, utility and transportation personnel and local economic developers training in areas needed for their daily jobs.

Ronald Swager, of UALR's Center for Economic Development Education, said this year's enrollees include six from out of state.

The four-day course, accredited through the International Economic Development Council, covers a range of economic development issues, including entrepreneurship, real estate development, financing for economic development, and business retention and expansion. National and regional trends, in addition to professional ethics, are also topics of the course.

This year's course will include a bus tour that will take participants through the Main Street developments, the Clinton Presidential Center, Heifer International, the Little Rock Port Authority, the Shackleford Crossing shopping center and a planned retail development at the Gateway Town Center.

Swager called the tour the "bell and whistle" of this year's course.

"We're trying to show people examples, and help them figure out ways to attract those businesses and developments to their areas," he said.

With various invited speakers, Swager said the course also provides great networking opportunities for its participants, in addition to the opportunity to work with a diverse group of professionals.

"Those networkings last for a lifetime," he said.

The course cost is $525 for "Early Bird" registration and $575 for regular registration. Full and partial scholarships are available to participants through course sponsors.

For more information on the course, click here.