Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Jennifer McCurdy recently completed the Intensive Economic Development Training Course, a two-week course presented by Auburn University’s Government & Economic Development Institute (GEDI). Completion of this program underscores Jennifer McCurdy’s commitment to economic development and our community. “Serving the community as the Executive Director of Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce is such an honor. Having the opportunity to expand my knowledge base through programs such as The Intensive Economic Development Training Course will only help me in my endeavors for community growth,” McCurdy said.

The Intensive Economic Development Training Course is divided into two, one-week sessions and introduces participants to all phases of economic development. The first week of the Intensive Course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to take the exam for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation. It provides an intensive overview of general economic development concepts and principles. The second week focuses on important issues and resources in Alabama. Program leaders and faculty have proven success in economic development practices and techniques. Instructors represent the field’s most effective practitioners from throughout the state and nation. Spire Energy is the presenting partner for the Intensive Economic Development Training Course at Auburn University. 

GEDI is a department of University Outreach which specializes in providing training and consulting to government agencies, private businesses, nonprofits and economic developers. Having over 40 years of experience, GEDI has established itself as a leading provider of economic development education and training in Alabama. Auburn University is also proud to serve as a Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration University Center. EDA supports universities in their mission to assist states and their economic development community through the EDA University Center program. For more information on GEDI and its programs visit their website at