The OU Economic Development Institute will celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2022!

To recognize this amazing legacy you are part of, we are happy to announce a continuing education offering for OU EDI alumni in conjunction with upcoming Institute.  It will include discussions with seasoned professionals on best practices (see Schedule tab below for complete program).

Networking Opportunity – past participants of OU EDI often tell us how much they enjoy connecting with colleagues from across the country, in some cases creating friendships that last many years.  Not only will you have the opportunity to connect with alumni attending the 60th Anniversary learning event, but also those attending OU EDI.

Recertification / CE Credit – this offering counts toward IEDC recertification credit, and possibly towards other required continuing education requirements.

Register for the 60th Alumni Event!

Originally called the Industrial Development Institute, nearly 6,000 individuals have completed the program. We celebrate this amazing legacy and accomplishment – not only has OU EDI survived the many changes in society and the profession over sixty years but continues to be the gold standard for economic development professional education!

Brochure for First Event - 1962

Over the years the program has adjusted to the needs of the profession. Perhaps the two most significant changes have been:

  1. In the late 1990’s, OU EDI moved from a completely resident (Norman, OK) based model, three week-long sessions over three years, to one in which Institutes are held around the country, supplemented with quality online offerings (2008)
  2. With formation of IEDC in 2002, OU EDI maintained its forty-year core approach, but changed from a project (or thesis) model to one that supported the recognized professional certification (CEcD).

Through it all, OU EDI has remained focused on the quality of its offerings, maintaining accessibility as well as affordability for those interested in certification. We hope you’ll consider joining us to celebrate this significant milestone and reconnect with the valuable network of professionals OU EDI offers!

Early Bird Registration – $549  (SAVE $50)   Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022

After Early Bird Registration – $599

The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and break service Monday -Tuesday (12pm), as well as a Monday reception.

Registration fees are payable to the University of Oklahoma. To qualify for the Early Bird registration rate, both a completed registration form and full payment must be received prior to Friday, March 4, 2022. Payments not received by this date will be charged the normal registration fee (see fee structure under "Registration"). Conference attendees with a balance due will be required to remit payment before being admitted to the conference, with the exception of those attendees paying by government purchase order.


Cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, March 4, 2022, will be required to pay a $100 processing fee.

There will be no refunds for cancellation after Friday, March 25, 2022, or for non-attendance at the Institute. If registration fees are not paid prior to the cancellation or no-show, you will be billed.

Cancellations must be received in writing by mail or email at edi@ou.edu. Telephone cancellations are not accepted.

To pay for this course, register here.

William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh

OU EDI will be held at the Omni William Penn, located in downtown Pittsburgh!

Opened in 1916, the Omni William Penn Hotel has played a starring role in the city of Pittsburgh, hosting movie stars, politicians and heads of state and leaders of business. Located just 1.4 miles from Heinz Field and 1 mile from PNC Park.


OU EDI has reserved a room block at the conference facility, Omni William Penn. The room rate is $139 per night (plus taxes and fees). 

Book Your Room

Omni William Penn 
530 William Penn Pl
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

IEDC CEcD Recertification – this event is fully recognized by the IEDC towards recertification as outlined in the CEcD Recertification Application (Page 4, Level Two, Item 2).

Other CEU / Certifications – each profession and/or certification determines what training opportunities may be counted and specific credits earned.  This event includes 13 hours of in-class instruction.

Sunday April 3rd

7:00-9:00 p.m.Reception / event (location TBD)

Brief program:

Welcome from Co-chairs

Welcome to Pittsburgh from EDC representative 

Small recognition for all alum who have attained CEcD

Monday April 4th

8:00-9:50 a.m.  Alumni Roundtables—feedback

Moderated questions to include: what do I wish I had learned at OU EDI; what from OU EDI prepared me well; what more could be provided as far as course work, networking, experiences, etc.,  other lessons learned

10:10-12:00 p.m. — Alumni Roundtables continued

Tables with specific topics (such as talent, marketing, research resources, etc.) broken up by community size/region depending on attendee profiles

12:00-1:30 p.m.  Alumni lunch and learn

Alumni to head up different tables with current students; topics preselected by students

1:30-3:25 p.m.— RFI basics and site selection—Dos and Don’ts, best practices, critique of RFI submissions

3:25 - 3:50 p.m.—  Break/Networking

3:50 - 5:30 p.m.— Work Session RFI Case Study

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.—  60th Birthday Anniversary Reception (*Included with registration)

Tuesday April 5th

8:00-9:50 a.m.— What is Economic Development? — How to tell people what you do (”elevator pitch")

Participants will learn tips and techniques on how to best market their community to site selectors. Best practices will be shared by Alumni instructors as well as site selectors who are OU EDI alum. 

10:10-12:00 p.m.— “Community Rescue”

Participants asked to send in community profiles along with any specific case studies of their communities that they may need help addressing in advance. Depending on how many submitted, some or all will be discussed in groups. Those communities will then get the benefit of an action plan to take back with them.