Montgomery County Administration Building. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Economic developers converge in Dayton

Economic developers from around the nation are gathering in Dayton today and Tuesday for certification training in development.

The University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and the International Economic Development Council are holding a two-day course for professional certification at the Montgomery County Business Solutions Center.

“The big deal is this is the first time this has been done in the Midwest,” said Erik Collins, development director for Montgomery County government.

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Mary Ann Moon, of the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as vice president of economic development and marketing for Tice Engineering Inc., is teaching the course, Collins said.

The course  is preparation for the exam to achieve “certified economic developer” status, he said.

“In the economic development world, this is the credential,” Collins said. “We want to continue to raise the bar in the economic development community.”

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The course is also a chance to showcase Dayton and the region, he said.

The course has drawn about 30 people, he said.

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