Lindale Economic Development Corp. President Susan Gill recently completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership program held at the Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Mo., publicity officials announced.
An executive education course, the AEDL explores economic development subjects that impact communities and states across the United States.
It was developed by partner universities Texas Christian University, the University of Alabama, Clemson University and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Instructors include site selection consultants, business leaders, nationally known subject experts, and university professors.
This world-class faculty discusses negotiation, communication, workforce/education, project management, community development, influencing change, international trade/foreign direct investment, and other key subjects that impact quality business attraction, retention and job creation.
“We are proud that our President was selected to participate in this prestigious program and earned the Economic Development Master Practitioner designation,’’ said LEDC Chairman Brad Sims. “The Lindale area is growing at a rapid pace and this type of continuing education ensures we are prepared to handle it.”
Established in 1995, the LEDC utilizes a board of five community and business leaders appointed by the Lindale City Council.
The LEDC has three primary area of focus: promotion of the Lindale Industrial Park, partnership with the city of Lindale on strategic infrastructure improvements and providing accurate data, information and introductions.
Gill, a 16-year veteran of the economic development field, was hired by the LEDC in late 2015 after working previously in Longview.
She began serving on the Texas Economic Development Council Board of Directors in 2011 and has served as an International Economic Development Council Research Partner.