Gilbert, Arizona Office of Economic Development Director, Dan Henderson, CEcD, and Deputy Director, Jennifer Graves, CEcD, recently completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) program.  AEDL is a two-week executive education course developed by four partner universities (The University of Alabama, Clemson University, Texas Christian University, the University of Southern Mississippi).

At graduation ceremonies at Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri, the forty-two graduates were awarded the Economic Development Master Practitioner diploma.

The Advanced program is an experiential course that explores economic development subjects that impact communities and states across the U.S.  Instructors include site 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 job creation.