Purdue University North Central has announced a new certificate for Economic Development. The graduate-level program will focus on the northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan regions, economic performance factors and peer community comparisons. May 1, 2015

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WESTVILLE, Ind. – Purdue University North Central is accepting registration from members of the community interested in earning a graduate level certificate in Economic Development.

The program, designed in collaboration with economic development professionals, will equip leaders and practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the performance of area economic development activities. This in-depth series is academically rigorous to meet graduate-level standards, yet emphasizes practical application of concepts to our region's resources and capabilities.

Courses may be taken for credit as a stand-alone certificate or for non-credit for those working in the field, participating in economic development activities, or interested in learning more.

The three-course series will begin June 6 and meet on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. at PNC – Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.

The courses are:

-The Competitive Advantage of a Region, offered June 6 through Aug. 15.

-Economic and Social Analysis, Sept. 12 to Nov. 21.

-Introduction to Economic Development, Dec. 5 to- Feb. 20.

The curriculum will concentration on:

-Northwest Indiana & Southwest Lower Michigan

-Factors which measure the economic performance of a region

-Analyzing the growth of a region and comparing this to peer counties/regions

-Apply principles of economic development to understand differentials in growth performance

The instructors will be PNC faculty members Anthony Sindone, continuing lecturer Economics and Dr. Derek Bjonback, associate professor of Economics and Finance.

To obtain further information or to register, contact Jaclyn Barnhill, MBA Coordinator at 219-785-5557 or mba@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

Source: Purdue North Central

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