Reed & Shonkwiler graduate from OU Economic Development Institute

Posted by Noblesville Economic Development under News

The City of Noblesville is proud to announce that two employees recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute spring session held in San Antonio, Texas. Graduates include Planning Director Sarah Reed and Economic Development Assistant Director Alaina Shonkwiler.

OU EDI is an intensive week long, three-tier program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional. OU EDI is the premier economic development program in the nation providing the necessary knowledge and up-to-date tools to succeed in today’s constantly changing economic development marketplace.

“Continuing education ensures a high standard of professional service and quality here in Noblesville,” said Noblesville Economic Development Director Judi Johnson. “We want our community to know that we are always seeking to enhance our knowledge base and competency in order to encourage Noblesville’s growth and vibrancy.”

OU EDI classes focus on three major core areas including: business retention and expansion, real estate and finance; as well as areas of concentration in marketing, strategic planning, entrepreneurship and managing economic development organizations. Students complete 117 hours of instruction with curriculum selected from more than 50 seminars, workshops and discussion groups.

Beginning in 1962, OU EDI is celebrating its 53rd year of service to the economic development community. Fully accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the program has trained more than 4,000 graduates and remains the world’s leading economic development teacher.

Sarah Reed, Planning Director

Sarah Reed, Planning Director

Alaina Shonkwiler, Assistant Director of Economic Development

Alaina Shonkwiler, Assistant Director of Economic Development