Kerr Economic Development Corp.’s Deputy Director Theresa Metcalf Graduates from OU Economic Development Institute

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The 117-hour certification program provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for economic development professionals

Theresa Metcalf, Deputy Director of KerrEDC, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU EDI).

"Theresa is a vital part of KerrEDC's ecosystem. Her graduation from the foremost economic development program in the nation, the OU Economic Development Institute, is a testament to the hard work and dedication she puts in day after day," said Gilberto Salinas, Executive Director of KerrEDC.

The Kerr Economic Development Corporation (KerrEDC) announced today that its Deputy Director Theresa Metcalf has graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU EDI). OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program which provides advanced education for economic development professionals.

“I’m thrilled to take what I’ve learned from OU EDI and apply it to my role at KerrEDC, where my focus is to implement economic development strategies that benefit the community and attract business,” said Metcalf, who has lived in Kerrville approximately 20 years and has worked for the Kerr Economic Development Corporation since 2016. “Through cooperative measures we can celebrate our community’s unique qualities while working collaboratively to solve our challenges.”

In her role at KerrEDC, Metcalf is responsible for the development and management of programs for KerrEDGE Entrepreneur Center, business retention and expansion, and workforce training. She assists in the implementation of an economic development strategy to sustain and increase the competitiveness and pro-business atmosphere of the greater Kerrville area.

"Theresa is a vital part of KerrEDC's ecosystem," said Gilberto Salinas, Executive Director of KerrEDC. "Her graduation from the foremost economic development program in the nation, the OU Economic Development Institute, is a testament to the hard work and dedication she puts in day after day to constantly evolve as an economic development professional."

OU EDI classes focus on three major core areas including: Business Retention and Expansion, Real Estate, and Credit Analysis, as well as areas of concentration in Workforce Development, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Entrepreneurship, Community & Neighborhood Development, and Managing Economic Development Organizations. Students typically take 1-2 years to complete the program through a series of intensive in-person or online courses.

“OU Economic Development Institute is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals,” Mark James, CEcD and Dean for OU EDI, said. “These graduates represent some of the finest economic development practitioners in the U.S. working to support their local communities. My congratulations to them.”

OU EDI began in 1962 and is celebrating its 59th year of service to the economic development community. Fully accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the program has certified nearly 6,000 professionals and remains the world’s leading economic development teacher.

For more information about the OU Economic Development Institute, its courses and internationally recognized certificate program, contact 405-325-3136 or edi@ou.edu.

About Kerr Economic Development Corporation
The KerrEDC is an economic and business league located in the heart of the Hill Country and part of the San Antonio-Austin business corridor. The KerrEDC implements strategies for business and corporate growth in an array of sectors, which are tied to the comprehensive 2050 Your Voice-Your City Plan. The focus of the organization is to foster the community’s growth through corporate recruitment, workforce development and maintenance of the cultural vibrancy of Texas Hill Country. For more information, visit http://www.kerredc.com/.

During 2020, KerrEDC was awarded four Excellence in Economic Development awards from the International Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) that highlight business retention and expansion initiatives including the KerrEDC Video Podcast: Economic Dialogue, Quarterly Industry & Inclusion Roundtables, KerrEDC TopForty Awards, and business resource website Kerrvilletogether.com.

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