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Nov. 17, 2008
Contact:  Sherry Terry
Director of Public Relations
Bevill State Community College
(205) 932-3221, ext. 5601

Second EDAA Community Leadership Training (CLT) Workshop Offered via Distance Learning in Seven Counties

The second Community Leadership Training (CLT) Workshop, offered by the Economic Development Association of Alabama, area economic developers, and Bevill State Community College, was recently conducted through the interactive television system on four Bevill State campuses, the Northwest-Shoals Community College campus at Phil Campbell, and at the Winston County Technology Center.¬† Seventy-four participants took advantage of the training across a seven-county region.The Economic Development Association of Alabama partnered with Bevill State Community College and economic developers earlier this year to bring training opportunities to community leaders in a five-county region by utilizing Bevill State’s distance learning facilities.¬† Participants from Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, and Walker counties received the EDAA’s CLT program that was delivered through BSCC’s interactive inter-campus television system.

By utilizing technology, Franklin and Winston county community leaders were allowed an opportunity to participate in the second training session. The CLT workshops offer community leaders the chance to learn about new and beneficial economic and community development practices that can help their rural communities become more competitive in today’s global economy. Mr. Grady Batchelor, Economic Developer for Winston County, served as the presenter for the workshop that included two CLT modules “The Economic Development Process” and “Working Together.”Karla Quesenberry, who served as the workshop facilitator from Bevill State, was pleased with the participation from elected officials, chambers, the education arena, and other community leaders from the seven-county area.¬† Quesenberry said, “More of this type of regionalism and pooling our assets for community and economic development needs to happen for rural communities to be competitive in today’s economic climate.”Mitch Mays, Economic Developer for Franklin County, stated. “Overall, I would say this was a great start to the training. Several of our new city council members and mayors found the CLT very enlightening.”¬† Mays indicated that they look forward to the other workshops, especially since¬†economic development is a priority for their communities.

Additional workshops for presenting all ten of EDAA’s CLT modules are scheduled with the next date set for December 19. Anyone interested in attending a workshop should contact Quesenberry at Bevill State at 1-800-648-3271, ext. 5142.

CUTLINE:  Mr. Grady Batchelor, Economic Developer for Winston County, served as the presenter for the CLT workshop held across the seven-county region.

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