Community Economic Development Seminar set for May 13-14 in Baton Rouge

Sanford B. Dooley, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  4/10/2009 1:57:52 AM

News Release Distributed 04/09/09

Volunteer leaders from across the state will gather for the 20th Louisiana Community Economic Development Seminar May 13-14 at the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

“The seminar will offer a comprehensive program designed to increase the volunteer or part-time economic developer’s skills in economic and community development,” said Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter and director of its Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.

“Extension has long been an eager partner in helping to improve the economic well-being of communities and welcomes the opportunity to assist their focus on retaining and attracting business and industry to provide more and better jobs and an improved quality of life,” he said.

Co-sponsors of the seminar include Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, Entergy, the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives, the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, SWEPCO and CLECO.

Classes of approximately 35 will participate in the carefully designed two-day program to be held on the LSU campus.

“We are hoping to get participants from each parish,” said Sanford Dooley, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, who is coordinating the program for the LSU AgCenter.

For additional information, contact either Dooley in the LSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Room 125 Agricultural Administration Building , Baton Rouge, LA 70803, phone (225) 578-2375, e-mail sdooley@agctr.lsu.edu; or Skip Smart, Louisiana Economic Development, P.O. Box 94185, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9185, phone (225) 342-4321, e-mail smart@la.gov.

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Contact: Sandy Dooley
Editor: Tom Merrill

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