Dominique Watson, a graduate research assistant for the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp., attended the 49th annual Illinois Basic Economic Development Course Oct. 16-20 at the Nicor Gas Headquarters in Naperville.
The course was a comprehensive 32-hour accredited economic development curriculum directed by Ivan Baker, president of the Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois.
This course is for individuals with 10 or fewer years of experience in the economic development field.
More than 25 experienced faculty members pinpointed several topics in economic development that highlighted the focus of this course – the investor, the product and the organization – such as community development, workforce development, retail development, real estate development, small business development, business retention, and more.
Faculty members engaged the students by taking part in several case studies and discussions surrounding the focus of the course. A bus tour through the city of Naperville was added to the program for the first time, which allowed students to witness Naperville’s successful economic development as well as the areas that could be revitalized.