Posted in News on August 29, 2018

8/29/2018 - ZEELAND, MI – Jennifer Owens, president of local non-profit economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage, recently completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) program. AEDL is a two-week executive education course developed by four partner universities (The University of Alabama, Clemson University, Texas Christian University, the University of Southern Mississippi).
At graduation ceremonies at Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri, the forty-two graduates were awarded the Economic Development Master Practitioner diploma.
“The university collaboration to develop such a unique education course was impressive,” said Jennifer Owens. “As our region continues to compete nationally for business investment and talent attraction, I was honored and humbled to learn among the best of the best economic development leaders in the U.S. through this inaugural, highly intensive program.”
The Advanced program is an experiential course that explores economic MasterPracticioner2.jpgdevelopment subjects that impact communities and states across the U.S. Instructors include site consultants, business leaders, nationally known subject experts and university professors. This world-class faculty discusses negotiation, communication, workforce/education, project management, community development, influencing change, international trade/foreign direct investment and other key subjects that impact quality job creation.
Jennifer has more than 15 years of leadership experience in business retention, expansion and attraction working at various state and local economic development positions throughout Michigan. Her accomplishments have been recognized through various awards and recognition, such as being named an Athena Award Finalist (2017), Grand Rapids Business Journal Newsmaker of the Year Finalist (2015 & 2016), Corp Magazine Most Valuable Professional (2017) and Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan (2018).