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Rush Harris, center, stands with Mary Ann Moon, Dean of OU EDI, left, and Kirk Garton, Director of OU EDI, right, during his graduation ceremony May 2.

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Rush Harris, director of business services for the Marshall Economic Development Corporation, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute on May 2 at the OU EDI Spring session held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional.

“OU EDI is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals,” dean Mary Ann Moon said. “These graduates represent some of the finest economic development practitioners in the U.S. working to support their local communities. My congratulations to them.”

OU EDI classes focus on three major core areas including — Business Retention and Expansion, Real Estate and Credit Analysis, as well as areas of concentration in Marketing, Strategic Planning, Entrepreneurship and Managing Economic Development Organizations.

Students typically take 1-2 years to complete the program through a series of in-person seminars, workshops and discussion groups.

OU EDI began in 1962 and is celebrating its 57th year of service to the economic development community. Fully accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the program has trained over 5,500 graduates and remains the world’s leading economic development teacher.