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OU Economic Development Institute

OU EDI is the premier economic development program in the nation, with more than 50 years of experience providing professional economic developers with up-to-date knowledge and tools necessary to succedd in today’s constantly changing environment.

Innovative economic development organizations want solid, well-grounded professionals.  The OU EDI experience is designed to immediately impact a participant’s professional career by providing comprehensive courses that align with International Economic Development Council (IEDC) manuals, as well as the latest trends in economic development.

More top economic development professionals have been trained by OU EDI than any other organization.  Our Economic Development Certificate Program is an international educational experience that offers participants from around the world an outstanding level of flexibility in creating course schedules with its mixture of online and traditional courses.


Congratulations to New CEcD's

OU EDI graduates

Congratulations to the following OU EDI alumni on passing the Certfied Economic Developer Exam. 

Fort Worth – October 2014

Kimberly Buttram – Alumni 2010

Nate Clayberg – Alumni 2011

Garrett Sheehan – Alumni 2014

Toby Stephens – Attended 2011

Mark Vaux – Alumni 2006


Minnesota – June 2014

Suet Chung – Attended 2014

Corey Johns – Alumni 2011

Melody Woodworth – Alumni 2011

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Institutes and Courses


OU EDI offers a variety of courses and institutes, covering topics most pertinent and valuable to the economic development industry.

Institutes and Courses


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There are several scholarships available to OU EDI students. Read more about them here.




By supporting OU EDI, you not only receive valuable benefits and connection to industry leaders, but you help support the future of economic development.