Basic Economic Development Course

February 8-11, 2022

Greater New Orleans, Inc.,

Energy Centre Building

1100 Poydras St.

New Orleans, LA

Early Registration - LIDEA Members   $350  Now - December 31, 2021

Early Registration - Non Members     $400  Now -  December 31, 2021


Regular Registration - LIDEA Members $400 January 1 - January 21, 2022

Regular Registration - Non Members   $450  January 1 - January 21, 2022

Course Description:

When conducting surveys of C-level executives, often through economic development practitioners' Business Retention & Expansion visits, almost without exception they mention their greatest challenge is finding and maintaining a top notch workforce.  This course explains the essential relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Course participants will learn what programs currently leverage federal, state, and local financial resources to support workforce development.  The course will also discuss specifics of the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as well as Louisiana initiatives such as LED’s nationally-recognized FastStart program and the Department of Education’s JumpStart program. 


 Course Highlights:

• The core components of the workforce development system and its essential role in economic development
• Understanding occupational data analysis
• Assessing qualifications, skills and abilities of current workforce
• Recruitment and retention of a skilled labor force
• The role of higher education in workforce and economic development
• New alliances, new models, federal funding and best practices in regional & local initiatives

• Future trends in workforce development for the state