August 2023 Volume 2, Issue 11*

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Group photo of the 39th class of the Intensive Economic Development Training Course at Auburn University, week 1, held July 10-14, 2023.

GEDI Hosts 39th Annual Intensive Economic Development Training Course


The Government & Economic Development Institute hosted week one of the Intensive Economic Development Training Course, sponsored by Spire Energy, July 10-14, educating and empowering elected officials, economic developers and business and community leaders from across Alabama and beyond to strengthen and create positive impacts on the communities they serve. 


The Intensive Economic Development Training Course will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2024. The program is divided into two, one-week sessions and introduces participants to all phases of economic development. The first week is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to take the exam for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation. It provides an intensive overview of general economic development concepts and principles. The second week, which is scheduled to take place September 11-14, will focus on important issues and resources in Alabama. Program faculty have proven success in economic development practices and techniques and represent the field’s most effective practitioners from throughout the state and across the nation. 

GEDI is a department of University Outreach which provides training to government agencies, private businesses, non-profits and economic development organizations, and has established itself as a leading provider of education and training in Alabama. Auburn University is proud to serve as a U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration University Center. EDA supports universities in their mission to assist states and their economic development community through the EDA University Center program. For more information visit


GEDI Calendar Items:

Intensive Economic Development Training Course, Week 2

September 11-14 at the Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center


GEDI/EDAA Leadership Institute Courses

Neighborhood Development Strategies

September 20, 2023 - Online


Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)

October 11, 2023 - online


Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

November 9, 2023 - Hybrid (Online & in Opelika, AL)


YPiT Gearing up for Academic Year, 2023-2024 

After the conclusion of (Young Professionals in Training) YPiT’s summer programming, which included it’s first summer program: YPiT, Art Immersion Experience, and the celebration of the completion of the 2022-2023 YPiT academic year; YPiT staff and partners have been working diligently to prepare for the 2023 -2024 YPiT year. This past year’s theme was based on Civic Engagement, teaching students numerous ways to be civically engaged at every age and learn about careers in the field. This year’s theme for YPiT is Engineering. YPiT staff is very excited about forging partnerships with various constituents on campus and surrounding communities for the upcoming term. 

This year’s theme will provide students with more interaction and opportunities to explore more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). YPiT staff will promote the program at events to include a Back to School Bash at Covington Recreation Center, the Teacher Prep Rally at Kiesel Park and YPiT’s Open House at the Curtis House. In addition to providing regular Saturday sessions for students, YPiT also offers sessions particularly geared for 11th and 12th graders to help prepare them for the ACT, college & scholarship applications and further professional development. 

YPiT Students Present Research at CASE REU Research Symposium 


This summer, three YPiT students participated in paid internships to conduct research under Dr. Matthew Wolak from the department of Biological Sciences here at Auburn University. The participants included Ms. Hannah Padgett, rising senior at Life Preparatory Academy, Mr. Aidan Platt, rising junior at Auburn High School and Mr. Mario Myers, rising freshmen at Auburn Junior High School. Their research entitled, “Female Seed Beetle (Collosobruchus Macalatus) Color Preference Effects on Male Mating Success”, involved using different nail polish colors to place on female beetles to determine if color is a factor in male beetle’s decision to mate. 

The students participated in the research project from June 12, 2023, to July 19, 2023. On the last day of the program, they were able to present their research along with other scholars in high school and colleges across the country at a CASE REU poster symposium located in the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex, or ACLC building on Auburn's campus. The research project is funded through an NSF grant and will allow other YPiT students to participate in the program for the next four years. The YPiT staff is sincerely grateful to Dr. Wolak for granting students this life-changing opportunity. For additional information, visit

CEOE Summer highlights:


YPiT Summer Art Immersion program

CEOE's Summer Art Immersion Camp highlights

YPiT end of year celebration

End of the year awards & recognition for YPiT

Writing Our Lives – 2023

Members of OLLI at Auburn have been writing their life stories in Writing Our Lives every term for eighteen years. To read their stories in the current anthology of collected work, go to WRITING OUR LIVES 2023

Terry Ley, instructor

Writing Our Lives - collection of stories by OLLI at Auburn University seniors
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