Understanding the Economic Development Process

Workforce development professionals play an important role in your community, region, and state’s economic development strategy. This plenary session will prepare attendees to serve as partners in the economic development process. Participants will learn about the different facets of an effective economic development strategy, key roles, success factors, and common terminology. The session will also explore the connection between workforce development programs and economic development success. The interactive plenary session will help immerse participants in some of the key decisions and factors in the economic development process.

Greg Wilson with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia assists with workforce development, program analysis, and project management. He also analyzes and evaluates proposed state legislation to estimate its potential impacts. Prior to joining the Institute of Government, he served as a financial management analyst for the Office of Naval Intelligence and as a budget preparation specialist for the White House Office of Management and Budget.