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Economic Development Course Series Starts March 1

Economic Development Course Series Starts March 1
February 15, 2017 Jerry Vallely

Bi-State Development is now partnering with the Urban Land Institute-St. Louis and the UMSL Public Policy Administration Program to offer a Chancellor’s Certificate Program in the Fundamentals of Economic Development. Registration is now open for the non-credit, eight-week program which begins on March 1. Local government officials and employees as well as economic development specialists from the private and nonprofit sectors and others, will be able to learn introductory economic development concepts from senior practitioners in the industry. Participants will learn how to develop and implement economic development plans and projects, and will be introduced to the tools to attract and support development opportunities.

The certificate program consists of eight, three-hour modules scheduled for Wednesday evenings between March 1 and May 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at CIC@CET located at 20 South Sarah Street in the Cortex Innovation Community in midtown St. Louis.  Participants can register for the entire series of courses or for individual modules. The Chancellor’s Certificate is earned by completing at least six of the eight modules.

Regional economic development leaders who represent both public and private sector perspectives from Missouri and Illinois teach the courses. Bi-State Development President and Chief Executive Officer John Nations, Vice President of Economic Development John Langa, and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Julianne Stone, will be among those serving as instructors, panelists and facilitators for the program. To register or to find out more about course costs, schedule and module descriptions, visit

About Bi-State Development

Bi-State Development (BSD) owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; a MetroBus vehicle fleet of approximately 400 vehicles operating on 79 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the St. Louis Regional Freightway, the region’s freight district.