Economic Development and Leadership Institute

The difficulties in the United States economic development are often focused in communities afflicted by low educational attainment, high crime rates, low-income levels and limited financial and physical capital. Economic development will start with training and educating future leaders through proper economic research and analysis.
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Delaware State University’s Center for Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT), a recent recipient of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) University Center award, and Agriculture Extension program, actively engaging in rural communities of Delaware with economic development, may be successful on the development of young economic development leaders. The economic development, sustainability and growth of a community are contingent on Economic education and leadership.

The Economic Development and Leadership Institute will provide underrepresented students with theoretical, practical and experiential learning in the field of economic development while introducing and cultivating the occupants of effective leadership in developing economies, both domestic and abroad.

Maurice Harris III
Kent County Specialist

Zachary Corrothers
State of Delaware Specialist

India Keal
New Castle County Specialist

The program will include :

  • Four-week Summer Introductory Camp
    • Economic Development seminars
    • Leadership seminars
    • Field training
    • Guest lectures
  • Academic Year One
    • Intro Economic Development Course work
    • Leadership workshops
    • Junior Fellow Research for UCEDIT & Agriculture Extension
  • Summer Internship
    • DEDO, EDA, PA-DCED, etc.
    • City Economic Development Offices
  • Academic Year Two
    • Advanced Economic Development Coursework/workshops
    • Leadership workshops
    • Senior Fellow Research for UCEDIT & Agriculture Extension
    • Develop Abroad Program – Senior Fellows travel abroad to examine the economic challenges in developing economies