Cherokee Nation Commerce Entrepreneur Development Manager Stephen Highers, Career Services Special Projects Officer Hunter Palmer and Jobs Business Development Coordinator Travis Gulley.
Published May 19, 2018
TAHLEQUAH — Four Cherokee Nation employees recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute at the OU EDI spring session held in Fort Worth, Texas.
Career Services Executive Director Diane Kelley, Career Services Special Projects Officer Hunter Palmer, Cherokee Nation Commerce Entrepreneur Development Manager Stephen Highers and Jobs Business Development Coordinator Travis Gulley all graduated from the program May 3.
OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program that provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional.
“I’m excited that the Cherokee Nation now has four new graduates from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute,” Kelley said. “This is a prestigious program, and the knowledge and training we received will improve many of the services we provide to tribal citizens and businesses.”
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 marketing, strategic planning, entrepreneurship and managing economic development organizations. Students typically take one to two years to complete the program through a series of in-person seminars, workshops and discussion groups.
“OU EDI is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals,” said Mary Ann Moon, dean. “These graduates represent some of the finest economic development practitioners in the U.S. working to support their local communities. My congratulations to them.”
OU EDI began in 1962 and is celebrating its 56th year of service to the economic development community. Fully accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the program has trained more than 5,000 graduates and remains the world’s leading economic development teacher.