Last Call to Register for Site Selection and Development Course

Apr 25, 2018 | Events, News, Newsletter

Sites! Sites! Sites! Sites!

We all know the importance of shovel ready sites in attracting and retaining businesses.  But, do you know how to ensure your community has this asset?  And, how to ensure site selectors know about them?  With the site selection process constantly evolving, even the most experienced professional working in economic development can benefit from the Ohio Economic Development Institute’s Site Selection and Site Development course being offered on May 10-11 in Dublin, Ohio.  Register TODAY by clicking on “Attend an Event” and scrolling to “Site Selection & Development.”  Please note, most OEDI core courses are for intermediate to advanced levels.  Completion of the Ohio Basic Economic Development Course or at least three years experience are required for many courses.

This two-day course will focus on site development and the site selection process. The site development aspects of the course will focus on the process of how to make sure that that Ohio communities have shovel-ready sites that are competitive, including working with engineers, utilities, engineers, land planners. The site selection part will provide the economic development practitioner with the basics of the JobsOhio site selection program, participation in the SiteOhio site certification program, working with site selectors, making sure that their community can be competitive, and the negotiation process.

This is NOT a textbook course. All OEDI courses are developed around an interactive delivery model to ensure participants will leave with immediately applicable knowledge and build their professional network through group activities and the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and panelists. Unlike traditional lecture-style, this course focuses on participant engagement and interaction. And, it provides a forum for economic development professionals to share information and build relationship with the best in the industry.

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