Southeast Takes ‘Know Your Region’ Training to the Bootheel


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 5, 2010 — The Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) at Southeast Missouri State University is offering “Know Your Region” training in Portageville at the University of Missouri Delta Center on March 22. 

The training is made possible 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 continuing its leadership role in being the first center of its kind to offer the training in the Midwest.  Cape Girardeau was the site of their first session held last October.

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 and the Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance (SMEDA) to host the one-day training at the Delta Center  in Portageville on March 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 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 only $15 which covers the full day of training and lunch.  For additional information or to register, contact  Buz Sutherland at (573) 379-5431 by March 17.