Mayor Julian A. McTizic, Sr. recently received the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCEcD) designation from the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS). UT CIS graduated the 11th class recently through its Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program. This cohort brings the total number of Tennessee certified economic developers to 67.
The graduates gathered in Nashville to present their Capstone Projects, the final requirement for certification. Mayor McTizic's Capstone focused on Destination Hatchie: A System of Parks on the Hatchie River. TCED candidates completed a week-long Basic Economic Development Course in addition to a series of six core courses pertinent to economic and community development. The TCED program gives participants a broad-based knowledge of economic trends, tools, and core components required to compete in today's global economy.
"All of our Tennessee certified economic developers made a serious commitment to achieve this designation," said Kim Denton, director of the TECD Program. "They now will be able to use this in-depth knowledge to benefit their communities and regions."
New graduates will be invited to join the TCED Alumni Group, which provides continuing education and networking opportunities several times throughout the year.