NGage’s new Executive Director, Glennis McClure, of rural Blue Springs, was one of 85 Students representing six states attending the 26th annual Heartland Economic Development Course (EDC) April 6-10, 2014 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. McClure completed the course before officially starting as the NGage leader later in April.
“I had planned on taking the course as part of professional development in 2014," she said. "The opportunity and timing was perfect with respect to beginning with NGage just a few weeks later. The Heartland course was top notch and provided a broad overview of leading an economic development organization. I’ll be able to draw on information obtained from the course on a day to day basis with NGage."
The Heartland Economic Development Course allows participants to gain a better understanding of the full range of economic development strategies. The course instructs participants on ways to maximize the use of local and external resources and attempts to impart an understanding of the effects of global competition on local efforts.
“With fierce competition among communities and regions for new sources of jobs, income and labor, enhanced professional skills and understanding of economic development techniques becomes absolutely critical for success,” said LaDene Bowen, Course Director for the Heartland EDC.
As the first economic development course targeted at professionals within the region, the curriculum for the Heartland EDC focuses on economic development factors relevant to the Great Plains states.
McClure received a scholarship from the Nebraska Economic Developers Association (NEDA) to help pay for the course tuition. McClure has been a member of NEDA for ten years and plans to attend NEDA’s spring conference in May.