Debbie Moore and Trent Misak of the Enid Regional Development Alliance  were two of 170 economic development professionals to attend the Heartland Economic Development Course (HEDC) in April.  Heartland attendees receive fundamental economic development training on topics ranging from business, retention and expansion, workforce development, real estate and entrepreneurship to marketing, finance, ethics and managing economic development organizations.

The 2021 HEDC online class included representatives from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico. Attendees were trained by nationally recognized faculty from within the profession of economic development. HEDC is coordinated by the Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

“Heartland students learn about a variety of best practices that they can apply back in their own organizations and communities,” says Allen Kunkle, CEcD, HEDC Board Chair.  “Heartland provides a solid foundation upon which each developer can build their base of knowledge and experience.”

“Debbie and Trent’s participation in the Heartland Economic Development Course will help them continue to provide excellent service to our existing and prospective industries, says Lisa Powell, ERDA Executive Director.  The knowledge they gained in the course will benefit our organization as we strive to make Enid the best place to live, work, and grow in the state of Oklahoma.”

The Heartland Economic Development Course is a partnership of the Kansas Economic Development Alliance, Missouri Economic Development Council, Nebraska Economic Developers’ Association, Select Oklahoma, Professional Developers of Iowa, and the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development.