True South Basic Economic Development Course

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Name: True South Basic Economic Development Course
Date: September 23, 2024 - September 26, 2024
Event Description:

This is an introductory course exposing participants to the fundamentals and practice of creating jobs, increasing wealth, improving the tax base and enhancing a community’s quality-of-life, and the first step in pursuing professional certification. Registration will close on Wednesday, September 2, so that course materials can be mailed in time.
Registration will open May 30, 2024.



The True South Basic Economic Development Course is designed for community leaders and stakeholders who participate in the process of community economic development.

Typical conference attendees include:

  • chamber of commerce, economic, and community development organization professionals; 
  • elected and appointed officials (recieve 4 CMO credits);
  • government agency staff;
  • community planners;
  • utility personnel;
  • bankers;
  • business leaders;
  • real estate brokers and developers;
  • community volunteers and;
  • students enrolled in the Masters of Economic Development program. 


September 23-26, 2024, The University of Southern Mississippi Trent Lott National Center. This is an all day course starting at 8 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. each day. 


The four-day course is $650 or can be taken for graduate credit through the Southern Miss Master of Science in Economic Development program. The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, lunch each day, and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses. 

Scholarships are available. Contact for more information regarding scholarships or visit the scholarship page to apply.


  • Managing an Economic Development Organization
  • Ethics in Economic Development
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Workforce Development
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development
  • Marketing and Attraction
  • Strategic Planning
  • Real Estate Development
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Community Development


Participants are required to be present at all classes offered in order to receive credit for the course. Elected officials must attend every session and sign-in to receive CMO credits. 


Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing to the True South Planning Committee. Requests must be received by August 31 to receive full refund less a $25 processing fee. Requests received September 1 or after will not receive a refund. Substitutions are allowed. 

For course cancellation assistance, please contact Heather Brown at 601-266-5442 or email at


The attire for the True South Basic Economic Development Course is business casual. You may want to bring a light coat or sweater as rooms may get cold


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The course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council. It fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to take the examinations for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation

The University of Southern Mississippi Trent Lott National Center. 
118 College Drive #5191
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Date/Time Information:

September 23-26, 2024
This is an all day course starting at 8 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. each day. 
Contact Information:
Heather Brown
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