Wabash County, IN __Grow Wabash County is proud to announce Tenille Zartman graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU EDI) on April 29, 2021 at the OU EDI Spring session.
OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional.
“OU EDI is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals,” Mark James, Zartman’s mentor and current Dean of OU EDI, said. “These graduates represent some of the finest economic development practitioners in the U.S. working to support their local communities.”
OU EDI classes focus on three major core areas including: Business Retention and Expansion, Real Estate, and Credit Analysis, as well as areas of concentration in Workforce Development, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Entrepreneurship, Community & Neighborhood Development, and Managing Economic Development Organizations. Students typically take 1-3 years to complete the program through a series of intensive in-person and online courses.
Zartman stated, “I would like thank to thank the Grow Wabash County team for championing this endeavor, the Indiana Economic Development Association for two scholarships, and the community for fueling my passion furthermore for this industry. It is clear when I’m surrounded by Economic Development Professionals from across the US that Wabash County is uniquely positioned with world-class assets and amazing people. I look forward to applying best practices and newfound knowledge from these courses to better serve our people and communities of Wabash County.”
Following graduation from the OU EDI Institute, Zartman plans to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The CEcD program is the most prestigious, comprehensive designation in the economic development profession that enhances the knowledge and performance of economic developers.
To find out more about economic development and how it benefits our community, follow the Grow Wabash County social media pages and keep eye out for posts as part of the Economic Development Week May 9-15th.