The NADO Research Foundation is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for round two of our Training Program for Emerging Leaders (TPEL). With generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Austin Regional Office (Agreement Number ED16AUS3030019), this training program is designed for staff of Economic Development Districts (EDDs). The goal of the program is to provide EDD staff members with the education and skills required to lead a high-performing EDD. The curriculum is designed for planning directors, deputy directors and others who may be interested in becoming an EDD executive director. Staff from all EDDs in the five-state EDA Austin Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply.
Click here for the application package. Applications are due March 3, 2017.
In October 2016, the first TPEL class completed their training and was recognized by former Assistant Secretary Jay Williams and Austin Regional Director Jorje Ayala during NADO’s Annual Training Conference in San Antonio. The 10 participants found the program to be incredibly educational and useful in their current roles and as they look to moving along on their career paths. In 2017, we are aiming at having up to seven participants. The program will include at least three site visits to EDDs (most likely two EDDs per visit) in three states as well as webinar-based training; the participants will also be able to attend the SWREDA conference in Baton Rouge July 25 – 28, 2017.
While a major focus of the program is to provide the participating emerging leaders a unique opportunity to learn about successful community and economic development approaches of other EDDs in the five-state region through on-site workshops and web-based training, TPEL is an opportunity to create a peer network across the Austin Regional Office service area that can add value to EDD activities long after the training program is finished.
We are inviting interested EDD staff to apply for the 2017 round of the TPEL. Applications are due March 3, 2017 and the training will be completed by November 2017. The application package is attached; we encourage you to forward it to a staff member that you feel might be interested in, and benefit from, the program. The program will include site visits to other EDDs in the five-state region; costs will mostly be covered by the NADO Research Foundation although we are asking each participating EDD to cover minimal costs related to travel. Please review the application package for more details.
Please feel free to contact NADO Deputy Executive Director Laurie Thompson ([email protected] (lthompson null@null nado NULL.org) or 202.624.5948) if you have any questions.