Clyde E. Evans, director of Community and Economic Development for the City of West Des Moines, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute on Nov. 15, 2012 at the OU EDI fall session held in Indianapolis. OU EDI is an intensive week long, three-tier program, which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional.
“As the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals, I am very pleased with this year’s graduates,” said the institute’s Dean LaDene Bowen. “They represent some of the finest economic development practitioners in the U.S. working to support their local communities. My congratulations to them.” Institute classes focus on three major core areas, including business retention and expansion, real estate, and finance, as well as areas of concentration in marketing, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, and managing economic development organizations. Students complete 117 hours of instruction with curriculum selected from more than 50 seminars, workshops and discussion groups. The institute is celebrating its 50th year of service to the professional economic development community. Fully accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the program has trained over 3,500 graduates and remains the world’s leading economic development program.
Clyde is the Executive Director of the West Des Moines Business Incubator in addition to his duties at the City of West Des Moines.