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City economic development director receives UT economic development certification

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Sarah Haston, Lebanon economic development director, was among six graduates who presented their capstone projects and earned the designation of Tennessee certified economic developer recently in Nashville. 

Haston’s project topic was establishing a marketable identity for the city of Lebanon.

TCED, a program of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service Center for Industrial Services, provides high-quality training, continuing education and professional development opportunities to Tennessee’s economic and community development practitioners and community leaders. The program offers participants a broad-based knowledge of economic opportunities and trends, core components and tools required to compete in the current global economy, with a focus on economic development in Tennessee. 

Upon completion of the TCED course curricula and certification requirements, participants receive the Tennessee certified economic developer designation, indicating they have developed core competency in the principles and practices of economic development in Tennessee.

“All of our Tennessee certified economic developers made a serious commitment to achieve this designation,” said Kim Denton, director of the TCED program. “They now will be able to use this in-depth knowledge to benefit their communities and regions.”

The cohort made up the seventh graduating class for the TCED Program, bringing the total to 43 program graduates. 

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