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"Community" As An Economic Development Tool

Mark Goodman, CEcD, Keynote Speaker

Mr. Goodman serves as director of the Center for Economic Development Education with the Institute for Economic Advancement (IEA) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. With the Institute, Mark's focus centers on community and economic development education & programming assistance, as well as technical assistance for local leaders and economic development professionals. Over the fifteen years prior to his position with UALR, Mark has served extensively in applied economic development, both with local and state economic development organizations as well as with the university economic development community. Most recently he served as director of the Business Retention and Expansion Division with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC).

A native Iowan, Mark received his Bachelor's Degree in Geography and Economic Development from the University of North Dakota before traveling to the University of Southern Mississippi where he received his Master's Degree in Economic Development. Mark holds the International Economic Development Council's Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation and brings with him practical experience in economic development application, strategy, techniques and training.