Chris Lampkin, a Monticello Economic Development Commission board member and  at Citizen’s Bank, recently completed the Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course offered through Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives (AEDCE), according to a news release.

“Chris Lampkin was an outstanding participant who contributed to the success of this year’s course,” said Shelley Short, the course director. “He shows great potential as a player in the economic development process.”

By completing the course, Lampkin is better prepared to assist efforts to foster community and economic development. He also is qualified to attend a series of advanced training courses, ultimately leading to eligibility for designation as a Certified Economic Developer, according to the news release.

Lampkin was one of 41 executives from five different states who participated in the four-day April program.

Offered annually in the spring, the Mid-South Basic Course provides an intensive overview of the process and practice of local economic development. The course features more than 25 instructors who are recognized experts in their respective fields, and is one of 21 such courses accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).



Lampkin is pictured above (center) with Mike Preston, executive director for Arkansas Economic Development Commission (left), and Shelley Short, vice president of programs and partnerships, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, and executive director of Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives.


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