Chris Gulotta has been the Course Director for the Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania since 2013. Penn State Harrisburg is currently searching for a new course director that can work with Chris during the 2018 course and assume full responsibility in 2019. The Course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and is typically offered the first week in December each year. It has been held at the Eden Resort and Suites in Lancaster for the last 7+ years. The Course is the foundation course for the economic development professional certification through IEDC. 35‐45 individuals typically register for the course each year. Registrants include individuals employed by economic development organizations, community development organizations, and local and state officials, primarily from Pennsylvania.
The Course Director receives a $3,000 stipend and is responsible for:
- Convening two meetings of the Course Advisory Board each year to discuss course marketing, program content, and scheduling.
- Recruiting presenters on various topics including business retention and expansion, strategic planning, marketing and attraction, ethics and public/private sector financing.
- Assisting course presenters with course content to ensure the information is relevant, up‐to‐date, and follows IEDC requirements.
- Conferring with course administrator on logistics including but not limited to marketing and registration.
- Attend course sessions (first and last day minimum required) to welcome course registrants, introduce speakers, lead group exercise session, and to hand‐out completion certificates.
- Represent the course at the annual IEDC Course Director’s meeting (this is part of the IEDC national conference each year).
IEDC membership is a plus; however, if you are not a member, the membership fee can be negotiated as part of the position. IEDC membership for the Course Director is a requirement!
By Friday, March 9th, expressions of interest or questions can be directed to:
Director, Institute of State and Regional Affairs
Penn State Harrisburg