Senior Vice President of Business Development for The Right Place, Inc., Therese Thill, recently completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) executive education program and was awarded the Economic Development Master Practitioner (EcDMP) certificate.
Thill joined The Right Place team in 2011 after working extensively in economic development for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Greater Phoenix Economic Development Council, and Oakland County. She has accumulated over 25 years of industry experience.
“Economic development is a continuously shifting landscape. I don’t believe anyone is ever truly done learning in this field,” said Thill, “It is my job to ensure West Michigan remains competitive, both domestically and internationally. Staying on top of best practices and continuing to be a resource to both my team and our community is one way I’m able to do that.”
AEDL is a collaboration of four universities – Clemson University, The University of Southern Mississippi, Texas Christian University, and the University of New Mexico. AEDL relies on experienced faculty, industry practitioners, industry leaders, and the country’s foremost site consultants to present leading-edge strategies and techniques necessary to succeed in the evolving world of quality job creation.
It is an immersive and challenging program. The experiential curriculum enhances key skills necessary for leading successful community and economic development strategies. Led by experienced world-class faculty, program topics include negotiation; retail and commercial development; personal and professional leadership; navigating the new normal in the world of COVID; communications and media relations; marketing in a social media environment; strategic planning and application; successful teamwork; attracting new industry and entrepreneurship.
The Advanced Economic Development Leadership course accepts mid and senior-level practitioners from across the U.S.