CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 9, 2009 — The Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) at Southeast Missouri State University is piloting a new training model on Oct. 20 created through funding by the U. S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration.”Know Your Region” is designed to encourage economic developers, city and county administrators and volunteers, and elected officials to think regionally and leverage their common resources. The CEBR is taking a leadership role in being the first center of its kind to offer the training in the entire Midwest region. Scott Sattler, business & industry manager for the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri, and Mitch Robinson, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET, volunteered to attend training on “Know Your Region,” so they in turn could train the region. They will lead and facilitate the day-long session. “This training is going to be a benefit to the communities that are looking for ideas to make themselves competitive in the global economy. Everyone who comes to the training will walk away with tools to go back and analyze their communities with an economic and workforce development mindset,” Sattler said. “Research shows that communities that can pool their regional assets are most capable of successful economic development.” The CEBR is partnering with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to host the one-day training at the Show Me Center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Topics that will be covered include clustering, planning, detecting regional advantages, formulating strategies, and executing a plan of action. Robinson says of “Know Your Region,” “anyone, whether a full-time economic developer or a community volunteer, who wants to improve their community will benefit from this session. Attendees will pick up several new tools they can use.” The registration fee is $15 which covers the full day of training and lunch. For additional information or to register, contact Christy LeGrand at (573) 651-2078 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 15.