BREI Training Being Offered in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 27, 2010 – Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) is offering two training opportunities in southeast Missouri through a partnership between the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Southeast Missouri and the Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) at Southeast Missouri State University. 

The first course, “Survey Design and Analysis,” will be offered May 25. It will provide information on how to design surveys to elicit meaningful responses to be used to develop sound economic development policies and priorities.  The second course, “Building Effective Teams,” will be offered May 26.  This course will provide tips and tools for assembling and working with the right people to accomplish economic growth and progress in communities. 

The courses are designed for economic development professionals, elected officials, and community and regional leaders.  Participants may opt to take one or both courses being offered.

Courses will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall on the Southeast campus. 

Professional trainers Alan Barefield and Kathleen Tweeten will respectively lead the two courses. Barefield is associate director of the Southern Rural Development Center and extension professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.  Tweeten is director of the North Dakota State University Extension Center for Community Vitality. 

BREI provides leadership resources, education and networking opportunities in business retention and expansion.  Fees for their training courses are normally $395 for two days and are offered in urban areas at a distance from southeast Missouri, according to Scott Sattler, business and industry specialist with the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri. Funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration is allowing the CEBR and WIB to offer the courses at just $5 per course to help regional communities compete in the current global economy.

To register or for more information, contact Christy LeGrand at (573) 651-2078 or clegrand@semo.edu.  Seating is limited, and registration is required by May 13.