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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 the fall OU Economic Development Institute Graduates

November 20, 2014


Brook Aken

Omaha Public Power District

Laurence Beliel

Ponca City Development Authority

Ross Black

City of Peoria, Illinois

Brittany Brady

Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

Corey Carolla


Charles "Grant" Chaney

CSX Transportation

Heather Davis

Tulsa Regional Chamber

Edwin Gaskin

Hanover County Economic Development

Ellada Hadjisavva


Brant Hanson

Ephraim City

Cecilia Harry

Greater Fremont Development Council

Lori Henderson

Ponca City Development Authority

Brandi Hough

Mississippi Development Authority

Molly Howey

GO Topeka Economic Partnership

David Jackson

City of Madisonville

Jerry Jones, Jr.

Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning & Development District

Natasha Kellerman

Economic Development Corp Greensburg

Brooks Kracke

Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority

Emily Martinez

Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation

Mary Melaragno

Campbell County Economic Development Corporation

Jason Millard

City of Lebanon, Ohio

Jennifer Miller

City of Westfield

Jason Ness

City of Charlottesville

Garrett Owens

Winston-Salem Business Inc.

Myra Pancrazio


Jane Patch

Village of Homer Glen

Brady Pollington

Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Powell

Enid Regional Development Alliance

Matthew Skelton

City of Westfield

Nathan Watkins

City of Mont


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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.